Monday , April 12 2021

How to change the default music player in iOS 14.5

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It’s rare to see Apple add options to iOS that allow you to set the app you actually want to use to achieve something as the default, instead of forcing you to use the official Apple app. And while I doubt you’ll ever be able to use anything other than the App Store to get new software on your iPhone (without jail-breaks), at least you’ll soon be able to choose which app you want to use to play music by default.

This feature, which is often discussed, is expected to be part of iOS 14.5, but there were few crashes in its development: the option appeared in beta, left in a later update, and is now coming back again. That’s normal though – and now that it’s back, I’m confident it will appear in the final version of iOS 14.5, whenever it arrives.

If you want to look at this setting right now, you will have to go through the usual procedure of installing the beta version of iOS 14.5 (version 3, from this writing). His it is not difficult to do, but as always, let me remind you that installing a beta OS carries with it the risk of slowing down your phone, harassing some apps, or causing any number of unusual issues that won’t resolve later in beta (or with the final release).

There are no settings to touch to change the default music player, which is an unusual omission, I hope Apple adds it to the supplied version of iOS 14.5. Instead, you’ll have to ask Siri to play music, like a song by your favorite band. When you do this – and if you have more than one music application installed on your device, you will be asked to select one as the default.


Screenshot: David Murphy

From the now you only have one shot at this. Whatever you choose becomes default for your future “Hey Siri” command, and it is necessary let him fuss around to get load query again if you change your mind. (It would be again much easier keep this as option somewhere in Settings> Music, but what do I know?)

That’s what he said, if still you want to play music from different services or applications installed on your device, all you have to do is add the name of that service to your request and Siri will obey. So, for example, you can say, “Play Nine Inch Nails” to the listen along the way the the default service you previously selected. Or you can say, “Play Nine Inch Nails on Spotify” to play music in that app instead.

This is the truth awkward way of placing a the default music player on iOS, but things are like that (for now). We will update this article if or when the steps change in the next beta.

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