Why Does Apple Music Keep Pausing? 10 Fixes to Try

By 3 weeks ago

Apple Music works phenomenally well on the iPhone, but it isn’t immune from issues. Rarely, you may run into instances with the audio pausing randomly. That can happen while streaming music or playing songs you’ve downloaded for offline listening.

Below, you’ll figure out a handful of reasons that can cause Apple Music to keep pausing, along with solutions to help you fix the problem

Force-Quit Apple Music App

Most of the time, simply force-quitting a programme solves a slew of minor difficulties. The Music app is the same way.

To use the App Switcher, swipe up from the bottom of the iPhone’s screen (or double-click the Home button on an iPhone with Touch ID). Then, to remove the Music card, hold and drag it to the top of the screen.

Follow by relaunching the Music app and start playing a track or album. If it continues to pause a lot, move on with the rest of the fixes.

Check the Apple Music System Status

Sudden pauses in music streaming can also be caused by issues with Apple Music servers. Check the status next to Apple Music on Apple’s System Status page to see whether that’s the case. If you experience an outage, be patient as Apple resolves the issue. You won’t have to wait long in most cases.

Restart Your iPhone

Sometimes, restarting your iPhone is all it takes to fix any underlying issues causing songs in Apple Music to pause randomly. 

Go to Settings General Shut Down to turn off the iOS device. Then, follow by holding down the Side button to reboot it.

Troubleshoot Wi-Fi Woes

If Apple Music continues to cut off regularly over Wi-Fi, you’re likely dealing with a spotty connection. Here’s what you can do to fix that:

  1. Activate and deactivate Airplane Mode
  2. Renew the IP lease
  3. Reset the router
  4. Switch to another Wi-Fi network
  5. Switch to cellular data

If you switch to using cellular data, go to Settings Music > Cellular Data and ensure that the Music app has the permissions to stream and download tracks over cellular data.

Disable Low Data Mode

While the iPhone’s Low Connection Mode helps save bandwidth, it can potentially cause problems when streaming content over Wi-Fi or cellular data. So, if you’ve enabled the feature, try turning it off.

Here’s how to do that for Wi-Fi and cellular.

  1. Wi-Fi: Go to Settings > Wi-Fi and tap the Info icon next to the active Wi-Fi connection. Then, turn off the switch next to Low Data Mode.
  2. Cellular: Go to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Options and deactivate the switch next to Low Data Mode.

Deactivate Low Power Mode

Low Power Mode (which renders the iPhone’s battery symbol yellow) is another factor that might cause apps to malfunction, especially if they are left running in the background.

Disable Automatic Ear Detection in AirPods

Because of a technology called Automatic Ear Detection, if you wear a pair of AirPods, you may experience random pauses. If you want the music to stop when you remove your wireless earbuds, this feature is useful. However, if you fiddle with them a lot, it can work against you.

To turn off Automatic Ear Detection, go to Settings Bluetooth and tap the Info icon next to your AirPods (you must have them connected). Then, disable the switch next to Automatic Ear Detection.

Download the Track or Album

If the problem persists while streaming a track or album, downloading it may be the solution. Tap the three-dot icon next to a song to save it to your local storage (or long-press the track) and select Download.

To download an album, tap the Download icon to the top-right of the screen. Or, long-press the album and select Download.

Delete and Redownload Track or Album

If a downloaded track or album ends up pausing randomly, it’s likely corrupted. Try deleting and redownloading it.

To delete a downloaded track or album, tap the three-dot icon next to it and select Remove Remove Download/Downloads.

Reset the iPhone’s Network Settings

If none of the fixes above work, try resetting the network settings on your iPhone. To do that, go to Settings General Reset and tap Reset Network Settings.

After the network settings reset, reconnect to Wi-Fi manually (the reset procedure deletes all saved Wi-Fi networks) or use cellular data to listen to Apple Music.

Still Having Issues? Here’s What You Can Do

The solutions listed above should have allowed you to resume listening to your favourite Apple Music tunes without any bothersome pauses.

If Apple Music continues to pause, check for and install any pending system software updates for your iPhone. To do so, navigate to Settings > General > Software Update and select Download and Install from the drop-down menu. It should also apply the newest performance optimizations to the Music app, in addition to resolving any known audio-related issues in iOS.

You can also choose to execute a full setting reset to restore any faulty or incompatible system configurations to their defaults. To do so, navigate to Settings > General > Reset and select Reset All Settings from the drop-down menu.


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