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Using Apple watch to control music on iPhone flaky after iOS 8.4


macrumors member
Original poster
Jul 11, 2007
I've noticed that after upgrading to iOS 8.4 on my iPhone 6, strange things are happening in regards to playing music or streaming radio on my iPhone and using my Apple Watch to play, pause, skip.

Example: When I try to play a track on my iPhone using my watch to start the track, sometimes it will play approximately 3 seconds, then just stop playing. This also happens when skipping tracks. Then last night, out of the blue at 2:00 AM, the iHeartRadio app started playing on my iPhone while it was locked and charging and my watch was on my desk also charging. I got up and killed that iHeartRadio app to make sure it wasn't running in the foreground or background and went back to bed. About an hour later for no reason, my iPhone started playing from the iHeartRadio app again even though it wasn't running in the background.

None of these issues were happening with iOS 8.3. Has anyone else noticed these kinds of anomalies?


macrumors 65816
Jul 11, 2008
I haven't noticed. I'm on 8.4 and have used music (from Spotify) all day today and yesterday while working (and walking) in the city. Watch was able to control it all without problems.


macrumors regular
May 3, 2015
Actually updating to 8.4 has made my 6 Plus work much better and the Watch seems to act the same. Still ending the 10 hr day with ~70% and no random music playing. you've tried power cycling the Watch? That fixes most things. If not try backing up and restoring


macrumors 6502a
Feb 1, 2015
I've noticed weirdness too, i'll choose a track on the watch, but the phone will be playing something else


macrumors member
Jun 17, 2015
I've noticed weirdness too, i'll choose a track on the watch, but the phone will be playing something else

I get the same issue.

Also, it'll pick random songs on my phone that aren't in the playlist that I am trying to play after it plays the first song (from the playlist).


macrumors member
Jun 17, 2015
So after a few days of playing music through my iPhone via Apple Watch, it has become clear to me that Apple needs to fix the music app on the watch. The iPhone will be playing a song, while the Watch shows a completely different song.

Also, it appears that changing the volume is the only feature that works for remote music control.

This is all happening with iOS 8.4...why was there no Watch update to alleviate this?
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