How can I disable autoplay in my car?

CAWjr

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When I get in my car, my iP7 connects and begins playing a random song from my library. The music app will also aggressively take over when I am watching or listening to something else in my car. For example, I was listening to a facebook live stream the other night, and every 15 seconds or so, the audio would fade out & a random song would start playing from the music app.

I get the reasoning. It's supposed to continue the music going when you get in & out of your car, but when it plays a random ass song on my phone, that's not the way it should work.

How can I disable this? I listen to Spotify & songs in the music app a lot, so I don't want to turn off cellular data for Spotify or disable bluetooth. I just want to regain full control of what is playing and when.
 
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SoN1NjA

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You can disable CarPlay on your phone if you'd wish
It will disable CarPlay, but you will still be able to listen to music if you plug in your phone
 

D1STORT1ON

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Mine would always scare the crap out of me with the same dance tune - it seemed to always go to whatever was alphabetically first on the phone. I finally created a blank music mp3 of about 1 minute of silence and named it AAAsilence so now when it autoplays it does that and I have time to switch to something else.
 
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jbachandouris

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You can disable CarPlay on your phone if you'd wish
It will disable CarPlay, but you will still be able to listen to music if you plug in your phone
It's not CarPlay. I have CarPlay disabled and it does the EXACT same thing. Sorry OP, there's nothing you can do about it. I posted a thread with the exact same question. Apparently it was too hard for Apple to let US decide when/if the music would play automatically.

Creating a blank track wouldn't help me as it randomly picks a song from my phone. The bluetooth settings on my car show that shuffle is enabled and there is no way to turn it off (not on the car or the phone).
 

Mabus51

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Your car stereo's settings should have the option to turn off AutoPlay. It's coming from your car not from iOS. When you paired your phone to the stereo it should ask if you want AutoPlay on/off. Depending on the manufacturer you may be able to turn off the feature in the radio's settings menu. If not unpair the phone and re-pair.
 

CAWjr

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Thanks for the replies. I have a Lexus GX460, so CarPlay is not the issue as the Lexus system does not have CarPlay. As jbachandouris pointed out, a blank track, or renaming a song I actually like AAAxxx would do nothing either as my car plays a random track every time since it is not really resuming anything.

I will look at the Bluetooth settings, but I'm pretty sure autoplay is not one of the options. It's a very simple interface & I think allowing notifications (text messages) to appear on the screen is the only option.
 
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Mabus51

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Thanks for the replies. I have a Lexus GX460, so CarPlay is not the issue as the Lexus system does not have CarPlay. As jbachandouris pointed out, a blank track, or renaming a song I actually like AAAxxx would do nothing either as my car plays a random track every time since it is not really resuming anything.

I will look at the Bluetooth settings, but I'm pretty sure autoplay is not one of the options. It's a very simple interface & I think allowing notifications (text messages) to appear on the screen is the only option.
If you can't find the option in the radio's settings menu. Unpair the device and then re-pair it. During the screen prompts when setting up emergency 911 calling, contacts, and such you should have a option to auto start playing Bluetooth devices. Even my 2008 Mustang with Microsoft SYNC had this ability. So I'm pretty sure a 2015 car has the same functionality. I'm sure it's a Android car system, which my Mazda has and it has the ability. The difficult part is finding the option. The radio menus & interfaces are awful to navigate.
 

stevemiller

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mine doesn't autoplay over bluetooth, but it does over usb. drives me batty when i just want to plug in to charge my phone.

to make matters worse, it doesn't even autoplay immediately, so you have to wait for it to "kick in" before you can do anything about it.
 
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mrochester

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As discussed, it's the car that is initiating the auto-play. When I connect my Bluetooth headphones for instance, they don't auto-play. I've not bothered trying to hunt in the car radio system to change the setting.