- You can set a “default” music player on your iPhone, which Siri will use when asked to play a song.
- You will need to update your iPhone to iOS 14.5 or newer in order to set the default music player app.
- If you want Siri to play music from another app, you can specify it when ordering.
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Just asking Siri to “play music” was still using Apple Music, which was annoying if you didn’t have a subscription. But with iOS 14.5, you have the option to set your own default music app.
Now, if you ask Siri to “play music” or play a specific song, podcast, or book, your phone will display a list of apps for you to select from. Whether it’s Spotify, Audible, Pandora, Apple Podcasts, or other audio app, you can select the one you want to use.
You can use this menu to select a default music player. Just note that it’s not as easy as opening the Settings app – you’ll have to go through Siri.
What happens when you set default music player on iPhone
Setting a default music player does not give this app any special privileges or access to your data. It just means that when you ask Siri to play music without specifying which app you want it from, Siri will use your default.
Additionally, TechCrunch reports that even after you configure the new app, it doesn’t become your “default” in the traditional sense. Instead, Siri will have to learn your habits over time and eventually adapt to your preferences. This means that it can recognize that you prefer to listen to music on Spotify, but prefer to listen to podcasts on Apple Podcasts, for example.
If you still want to help Siri know your music app preferences, here’s how to set the default music player on your iPhone.