How To Remove the Now Playing Icon From Your Apple Watch

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Are you looking for a way to remove the “Now Playing” icon from your Apple Watch screen? If so, you’ve come to the right place! This article will walk you through all the steps necessary to remove the Now Playing icon from your Apple Watch.

First, it’s important to understand why this icon is appearing. The Now Playing icon appears when a music app is still playing or open on your iPhone. If you have already disabled Auto-Launch Audio Apps in Settings, then simply closing out of the audio app should help to remove this icon.

If you are still seeing the Now Playing icon after disabling Auto-Launch Audio Apps, here are some additional steps you can take:

Step 1: Play a song for a few seconds and then click on the now-playing display to open the music app.

Step 2: Once open, close out of the app by pressing the Home button twice and swiping up on the app preview until it disappears.

Step 3: Restart your watch by pressing and holding down both buttons until an Apple logo appears on the screen.

After completing these steps, you should be able to successfully remove the Now Playing icon from your Apple Watch screen. However, if it’s still there after attempting all these steps, contact Apple Support for further assistance.

We hope that these tips have been helpful in removing the Now Playing icon from your Apple Watch screen! For more information about using and troubleshooting your Apple Watch, be sure to check out our other blog posts or contact us directly with any questions or concerns.

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Removing the Now Playing Symbol from an Apple Watch

To get rid of the now-playing symbol on your Apple Watch, you’ll need to close the music app that is open on your iPhone. To do this, double-click the home button and swipe up on any audio app to close it.

If you still see the now playing icon after closing the audio app, then make sure you have disabled ‘Auto-Launch Audio Apps’ in Settings. To do this, open the Settings app on your iPhone and navigate to General > Accessibility > Auto-Launch Audio Apps, and toggle off ‘Auto-Launch Audio Apps’.

Once you have done this, restart both devices and check if the now-playing symbol has disappeared from your Apple Watch screen.

The Now Playing Icon on Apple Watch: What Does It Mean?

The Now Playing icon is showing on your Apple Watch because you are currently listening to audio from a third-party app. This icon will appear regardless of whether you have ended your navigation or not, and will only go away upon restarting your watch.


In conclusion, the Apple Watch is a great device for staying connected, tracking activity, and monitoring your health. It also has many features such as Now Playing and Auto Launch Audio Apps that can help make your life easier. While the Now Playing feature can be useful at times, it’s also possible to turn it off if you don’t need it. With all its features and functions, the Apple Watch is a great addition to anyone’s daily routine.

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James Walker

James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.