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How to Set Your Default Music Player on iPhone and iPad

ByTina R. Wimmer

Apr 28, 2022
  • You can set a “default” music player on your iPhone so that Siri can use it when prompted to play a song.
  • First, make sure you’ve updated your iPhone to iOS 15 and Siri is set up correctly.
  • If you want Siri to play music from another app, you can specify that when you give the command.

Just ask Siri to “play music” to always open Apple Music – 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 bring up a list of apps for you to select from. Whether it’s Spotify, Audible, Pandora, Apple Podcasts or another audio app, you can select which one you want to use.

You can use this menu to select a default music player. Just note that it’s not as simple as opening the Settings app – you’ll have to go through Siri.

What Happens When You Set a Default Music Player on iPhone

Setting a default music player does not give this app any special privileges or access to your data. All of this 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 setting up 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 it can recognize that you prefer listening to music on Spotify, but prefer listening 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.

How to Set Your Default Music App on iPhone and iPad

Before you begin, make sure you’ve updated your iPhone to iOS 15 (or your iPad to iPadOS 15) if you haven’t already, and check that Siri is set up.

1. Now summon Siri with your side button or by saying “Hey Siri” and ask to “Play music” or “Play [the name of a song, podcast, book, etc.].”

2. The first time you do this, provided you’ve updated your iPhone, you’ll see a list of available audio options, including Spotify, YouTube, and Tidal, if you have them installed. Tap the one you want to use.

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Ask Siri to play your song after updating to iOS 14.5 and wait for the apps list to appear.

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3. If Siri asks for permission to access your music app data, approve it by saying “Yes” or tapping Yes at the prompt.

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Allow Siri to access your music app data.

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4. Siri will start playing your song request, or if you just asked for “music”, the last thing you were listening to.

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Your song will start playing in the app you asked Siri to choose.

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