9 Replies Latest reply: Aug 25, 2009 8:20 AM by Featherforce
bjornbjorn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
When locked, and in pocket, my iPhone randomly starts to play music.

I see others have had this problem with custom headphones, but I experience this with the original headphones that followed the iPhone.

Anyone know how to fix this?

Windows XP
  • Ingo2711 Level 7 Level 7 (20,135 points)
    Are you using the headphones with the integrated button/microphone? Your music starts playing if you press the button of the headphones.
    Or, if you are using a case around your phone, maybe the sensors are covered and you hit the sleep button to unlock the phone, or autolock disabled, ipod still active and the music starts playing.
  • bjornbjorn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Ingo.

    I do not have a button on my headphone .. and I don't use a case. The phone is definitively locked when this happens. When I hear music starting, I get the phone out of my pocket and I need to unlock it and navigate to the iPod to stop the music.
  • Sboq Level 2 Level 2 (430 points)
    if you are using the apple supplied headphones, they do have a button. the microphone assembly is a button, and you can click it. if this is in your pocket, the button is more then likely getting pressed, activating the iPod app.

    also, you do not have to unlock your phone to get the iPod controls. with the phone locked, press one of the buttons to wake it up and you get the 'slide to unlock' screen. next, press the 'home' button twice quickly. a very basic set of iPod controls come up.

    try unplugging your headphones. does you music start?

    i've also seen other users say their phone does wierd stuff with the phone in their pocket, which is why i bought a case that has a screen protector. not just something that is on the screen, but an actual full blown cover, and i love it. i don't have to worry about something scratching my screen while it's in my pocket.
  • john.grayson Level 4 Level 4 (2,495 points)
    just had this happen to me. i had my iphone, locked and in my pocket with no headphones attached and then all of the sudden it started playing a song.
  • trav23 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    my phone starts playing music when i disconnect headphones or speakers that were plugged into the headphone jack. is it reading the disconnect as a button press?
  • Sboq Level 2 Level 2 (430 points)
    check your headset jack to make sure nothing is in there. if there is any debris, it may be causing your issue.

    if you are still having the problem, it may be a defective phone.
  • DaleEdwards Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I have found that if I double click the home button while the phone is in sleep mode (screen black) or the "slide to unlock" screen is showing, then the ipod will start playing music.

    To stop the music, you do not need to go the ipod app; just double click the home button again (while the phone is still locked) and the ipod controls appear so you can stop the music.

    I seem to remember reading somewhere that this is a user-configurable setting .... I just can't remember where

    BTW: I have the double click on home setting set to go to Favourites, which works fine when the phone is unlocked.

    Dale
  • Ingo2711 Level 7 Level 7 (20,135 points)
    Dale Edwards found a possible solution.

    You can switch the settings for the home button here: Settings/General/Home
    So if you set the profile on ipod, lock the screen and double click the home button, the ipod bar comes up and, although the screen shows the locked symbol, you can tap on the play button and it starts playing. I just tried it twice, just to make sure.
    So this seems so solve the mystery if you set your home button to "ipod" instead of something else.

    Message was edited by: Ingo2711
  • Featherforce Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've had this problem for a long time.

    I've tested it in different ways. Just today I was watching a movie on my phone. I have Apple brand in-ear earbuds plugged into my iphone, and I have tried it with other stock earbuds from my other ipod versions (no button on the cord and no mic). I paused the movie, went back to the homescreen and sat there for about 30 seconds ensuring that music was not playing. I then unplugged the earbuds after locking the phone (power button). About 3 seconds later it began playing a seemingly random track from my music list through the phone speaker at full volume, which was quite embarassing since I was sitting at work. This has happened to me for quite some time. I'm running the latest updates on my phone and this has been occurring since before the 3.0 patch.