How to Remove the iPhone Music Widget on iOS 11

Apple Music, Spotify or Saavn, irrespective of what app you use for music, they allow you to control your playback without unlocking your phone. The playback controls are quite intuitive and easy to get the hang of. When the music is stopped or paused, under normal circumstances, the widget disappears from the lock screen, but if it doesn’t, it is a major hindrance often blocking your notifications.

Despite the delay in updates designed to fix the issue, the developer forums has information about steps can be taken to resolve this issue:


Tap the Play button on the music widget and give it a few seconds and then tap pause. Unlock the screen and then lock it again, opening the device again will show you that it has disappeared.

Force Quit the Music App

There might be some glitches which can quite often be the reason your device has a non-responsive music widget, in this case force-quitting the app from memory by accessing the app-switcher is the easiest way to go to resolve the issue.

Restart your iPhone

Restarting your device is probably the first thing that comes to our mind when we experience any glitches or bugs in the software but is still an efficient way to get rid off the music widget.

To turn off your device, hold the power button down for a couple of seconds. On the iPhone X, the Volume Up and Volume Down button has to be pressed in quick succession before you hold the power button down after which you will receive a prompt to swipe across in order to turn off the device.
After restarting your device, if the problem still persists, other methods will have to be adopted.

Un-pairing Bluetooth devices

Pairing your iPhone or iPad to Bluetooth devices is known to create a glitch that often results in the music widget being stuck even after you disconnect from it. To unpair your device from the Bluetooth device, do the following:
Step 1: Access Bluetooth and tap on the device in question under My Devices.
Step 2: Select Forget This Device from the list of remembered devices to remove it from the list.

Reset settings

This need not be resorted to unless none of the above methods work, as this will reset all of your iOS preferences and settings. However, this will probably fix the issue with your music widget.
Step 1: Go to Settings, select General and tap on Reset.
Step 2: Select Reset All Settings.
Step 3: Affirm your choice in the prompt box that appears. Your device will reset but you will have to sign in to your Apple account and other accounts all over again.
Despite the fixes available, the best course of action is to keep your device updated as soon as the updates are available.

Did any of these methods fix your problem? Let us know in the comments section below.