Sometime recently the Apple Watch's Now Playing app has switched to showing the watch as the default source. I rarely to never play anything from my watch and just want to use Now Playing to control my phone. This means I have to bring up Now Playing and then select the phone before I can use the audio controls on the watch.

I've tried restarting my phone and watch, re-pairing the watch, and even deleted and reinstalled Now Playing on the watch.

Reinstalling seemed to fix it, but just now it went back to the watch when I brought the app up.

Really I'd like it to just go to the phone if that is the only thing playing (since that is basically always what is happening when I use the app)

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Looks like this may have been a bug fixed in 9.5.1

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    – Allan
    Jun 2, 2023 at 12:27
  • Hey hey! I’m the question author 😉
    – dwightk
    Jun 2, 2023 at 13:40
  • Sorry! It happens sometimes.
    – Allan
    Jun 2, 2023 at 14:08

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