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How to Stop Bluetooth Auto-Play In Your Car

When You start your car and your bluetooth connects to your iPhone are you immediately startled by blaring music, podcasts or audiobooks as they auto-play!

As car manufacturers and Apple have strived to make our cars as smart as possible, occasionally crazy things start to happen. Like your car blaring music or your latest audiobook in your ears when you start up your car.

Unfortunately Apple doesn’t have an easy answer to “Turn off auto-playing music over bluetooth”. But there are a couple of fixes out there that might solve this problem.

Check To See if You Can Disable Auto-Play In Your Car

Depending on your car’s make and model, it may have it’s own auto-playing Bluetooth Settings, separate from your iPhone.

Even if you are unable to disable auto-play, you may be able to find a default volume setting, which can lower the volume of the auto-playing music or audiobooks.

Your iPhone by default will play the last audio source when it connects to your car. Most likely that’s your music library, in alphabetical order. If you’ve been listening to an audiobook, podcast or other app, your car may try and start playing that.

There are a few ways to keep your iPhone from automatically playing.


Check Bluetooth settings in your car. Locate Auto-Connect or Auto-Play and turn it off.

Add A Silent Track to Your Music Library

The iPhone is set up to play songs in alphabetical order. You can trick your car’s Bluetooth by adding a silent song or track and renaming it so that it shows up as the very first song in your library. The next time you hop in the car, it should auto-play the sweet sounds of silence.

If you are unsure how to do this I’ve uploaded a silent track of music that you are free to download and add to your music collection by clicking on  Silent Solution

Force Quit The App

If the audio is coming from the Music app or any third party app, such as Audible or Pandora, just double press on the Home button to force quit the app by sliding it up and away this will immediately end the noise.

Force Quit App To Stop Auto-Play



Tell Siri

If you tell Siri “Stop playing”, your iPhone will disable all noise. Just triggering Siri will also shut off your music or app.

Use Siri to stop Auto-Play


Turn off Cellular Data

This will only stop streaming music, but if you primarily stream your content, this will put an end to any noise. Go to Settings>Cellular>Music, toggle to off.

Turn off Cellular Data to stop Auto-Play

Finally: Send Apple Feedback

None of the above fixes are perfect or iron clad. The best way to get your iPhone to stop automatically playing is to ask Apple to add it to the Settings.   Send Feedback to Apple

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