I recently upgraded to Big Sur and I now have a media player icon which I don't really use or need. Is there any way to hide it?

It's the far left icon in the screenshot below:

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    Apple is really good at giving people annoying nonsense they don't need or want. The idea that I have to come find this question on SO to figure out how to disable something like this is ridiculous
    – None
    Jul 30, 2021 at 10:40

2 Answers 2


You can hide the "play" icon in the menu bar as follows:

  1. Launch System Preferences.

  2. Open Dock & Menu Bar.

  3. Scroll down and select "Now Playing".

  4. The "Show in Menu Bar" option controls whether the "play" icon is displayed

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    Unselect it to hide it for good, or change the value to "when active" to only display it when playing music.

  • Is there a way to remove it from Control Center? Sep 29, 2021 at 20:32
  • @MatthewRead Well, System Preferences doesn't offer any control to remove it, and I don't know of any command that can achieve that. You may want to post a question though, someone may have the answer you are looking for...
    – jaume
    Sep 30, 2021 at 9:56
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    It worked in MonTerey MacOS also. Thanks.
    – Kamlesh
    Feb 9, 2022 at 15:47
  • I have tried both this and the item below and the icon immediately re-appears. May 2, 2022 at 14:07
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    About my question - I found out that BeardedSpice app is working quite good as a replacement for the default Media button
    – hocikto
    Jun 30, 2022 at 7:36

You can also ⌘+click and drag it off the bar.

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