How to Stop Podcasts From Automatically Playing in Car

October 23, 2023

In a day and age where most cars are equipped with Bluetooth it's convenient to be able to listen to music or podcasts while driving. But there are times when the podcasts will start playing automatically, which can be annoying and distracting. In this article, we'll show you how to stop podcasts from automatically playing in your car so that you can focus on the road ahead.

The easiest way to stop this from happening is by disabling Apple's CarPlay, but the steps in this article will work for other devices that have a built-in infotainment system such as Android Auto. You'll also find tips on how to control other audio content like muting songs in Spotify.

There are a couple of reasons why the Podcasts app may be starting to play randomly while in CarPlay. The most likely reason is due to the "continuous playback" option that is enabled by default, which will cause an episode to start playing as soon as the previous one ends. This can be very irritating and if you are trying to drive, it can spook you as well.

In order to disable this, you will need to go to the settings on your iPhone and disable CarPlay. This will prevent your device from connecting to the car's Bluetooth and it will disable the CarPlay feature so that the Podcasts app won't be able to start playing automatically. This will work on any Apple device that has the Podcasts app installed.


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