Controlling your music from your Apple Watch

by Volker Weber

ZZ4B31FE54

Mathias said, he cannot control Google Play Music from the Apple Watch. It took me a while to understand he was confusing two ways you can control music from your Apple Watch. There is Music and there is Now Playing, as seen in the Apple Watch app on iPhone:

ZZ6341625C

Now Playing shows the same thing as your lock screen or your control center. It is the app that is currently playing from the iPhone, or your Sonos controller, if you use that.

ZZ5A98C1A1 ZZ6CB1DD58

It will only let you control the volume, play/pause and track forward and backwards. It works with whatever is currently the app controlling your music, whether that is Music itself, Spotify, Google Play Music or the Sonos controller. In that respect it is very versatile.

ZZ137069F3 ZZ34CB8B41

Music however is more powerful. It can play tracks you synced to the watch, it lets you select what you want to play and it has access to content in Apple Music. Since I do not subscribe to Apple Music, I never use the Music app on Apple Watch. I just put it into the Dock settings shown in the first screenshot up there for illustration.

Make sure you only have the Now Playing glance in your dock and you will not be confused. You can control whatever your iPhone is playing or controlling from this glance. What is the dock, you say? It shows up when you press the long button on the Apple Watch.

Comments

This is great, thanks !

Jerome Rauch, 2017-01-19

Recent comments

Simon Laule on (Not) Losing Health Data When Upgrading a iPhone at 20:20
Frank Köhler on From my inbox at 19:25
Armin Grewe on Fueling the fire on social media at 19:23
Volker Weber on From my inbox at 17:58
Axel Koerv on From my inbox at 17:57
Johannes Matzke on Old iPad Pro 9.7 vs new iPad Pro 12.9 at 17:27
Heiko Wolf on Apple Pay in den Startlöchern at 14:41
Christian Andres on Motif :: Fotobücher wie von Apple at 13:52
Mick Moignard on Fueling the fire on social media at 13:10
Patrick Bohr on Old iPad Pro 9.7 vs new iPad Pro 12.9 at 12:54
Patrick Bohr on (Not) Losing Health Data When Upgrading a iPhone at 11:38
Alexander Koch on Apple Pay in den Startlöchern at 11:32
Matthias Welling on (Not) Losing Health Data When Upgrading a iPhone at 11:15
Michael Sampson on Old iPad Pro 9.7 vs new iPad Pro 12.9 at 05:27
Johannes Matzke on Old iPad Pro 9.7 vs new iPad Pro 12.9 at 21:55
Volker Weber on Old iPad Pro 9.7 vs new iPad Pro 12.9 at 16:20
Dominique Roller on Old iPad Pro 9.7 vs new iPad Pro 12.9 at 15:19
Ragnar Schierholz on Text selection with two fingers at 13:46
Samuel Orsenne on Wie schnell ist mein USB Type C Port? at 21:56
Volker Neumann on Text selection with two fingers at 21:54
Volker Weber on Text selection with two fingers at 19:58
Theo Heselmans on Text selection with two fingers at 19:55
Bernd Hofmann on File Management with iPad Pro at 18:37
Volker Weber on File Management with iPad Pro at 17:14
Ole Saalmann on File Management with iPad Pro at 16:05

Ceci n'est pas un blog

I explain difficult concepts in simple ways. For free, and for money. Clue procurement and bullshit detection.

vowe

Contact
Publications
Stuff that works
Amazon Wish List
Frequently Asked Questions

rss feed  twitter  amazon

Local time is 20:43

visitors.gif

buy me coffee