When playing any kind of audio (for example the Music or Spotify app) you see media controls on your lockscreen. They are handy, but also cover the wallpaper I like to see (I can control the music player with my headset). Is there a way to disable those media controls on the lockscreen?

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Sorry to say, the answer is no. Although I don't find it intrusive to have the controls there, I wish that it wouldn't blur the background, too. The availability of the same controls in the Control Center makes it redundant.


If you press the home button, the controls will be replaced by the full-sized time and date. However, your wallpaper will still be blurry, unfortunately. This will also reset to media controls once the screen goes to sleep again.

  • The cover image is also still shown, so the most part is still covered anyway. Mar 13, 2015 at 14:42
  • That's true. I guess if you really don't want it covering (heh) the wallpaper, you can remove them from iTunes.
    – Kellen
    Mar 13, 2015 at 14:44
  • But that would only work for iTunes but not Spotify or podcast apps Mar 13, 2015 at 14:58

Swipe the screen to your right & then remove all app suggestions via "edit" at the bottom of the screen. That's the best option I found for not allowing unintended access to apps on the lock screen from my pocket

  • I am trying to prevent the Audible app from appearing on my lock screen, but when I swipe right and touch "edit", Audible is not listed as a widget. Apr 29, 2019 at 15:17

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