iPad Tip: Summon A Set of Music Playback Controls in Autolock


Chances are your iPad is set to autolock after a few minutes, that is, to go to sleep to conserve the battery. If you have music playing, the song will continue even though the screen is blank. You can summon a set of playback controls at the top of the screen without waking the iPad.

autolock music controls

You’ll get play/pause, arrows to skip forward or back, and a volume adjustment. If you have an AirPlay device within range, such as an Apple TV, you’ll see a button for that too. These playback controls on the lock screen will work with most music apps including streaming sources such as Pandora or Spotify.


About Andy Brovey

Dr. Andy Brovey, The Portable Prof, helps others make sense and make use of digital tools through his work, websites and social media. He has over 30 years experience in educational technology, including teaching, administration and professional development. In 2007, Apple Inc. recognized his work and named him an Apple Distinguished Educator. He started this iPad Academy website shortly after the first iPad went on sale to help others become more comfortable and competent with the iPad, in person and online. His latest venture is Teach About Tech, a resource marketplace for technology trainers.