How to Get Full Screen Music Lock Screen on iOS 16

We wouldn’t be surprised if you would panic if you were not able to make the music go full screen on iOS 16 on your iPhone. After all, it’s one of the visual treat that is our favorite, too.

iOS 16 has been the biggest change to the iPhone lock screen in the past few years. It allows you to change and customize your clock, add widgets and even use the new depth effect to create a more aesthetic look. These design improvements also spill over to the music player which now occupies your full screen.

But if you’ve recently updated then you might have noticed that your lock screen music player is minimized by default. So how do you make your lock screen Music player bigger? Let’s find out!

How to make music full screen on iOS 16

Start by playing Music in the Music app and then lock your device. You should get the small music player as shown below. Now tap the Album Art for the currently playing song. 

The music player will now maximize and cover your entire screen. You should have a larger Album Art and bigger playback controls. The background should also be tinted to help support your aesthetic.

Here’s a GIF of how this works.

And that’s how you can make your music player bigger on the iOS 16 lock screen!


Here are a few commonly asked questions to help you get familiar with the new music player.

Can you use full screen view by default?

Your iPhone will remember your previous choice for the size of your lock screen music player the next time you launch the music app. So you can simply switch to the full screen music player when closing the app to use it by default on your iPhone. 

Does Spotify support the iOS 16 music lock screen?

Yes, Spotify supports this feature. Tap the Album Art on your lock screen the next time you’re playing music in Spotify to use the full screen music player.

Does YouTube and YouTube Music support the iOS 16 music lock screen?

Yes, you can use this feature with YouTube and YouTube Music as long as you have a premium subscription. You need the ability to play music and videos in the background to use the music player on your lock screen.

Can third-party Music apps use this feature?

Yes, as long as a third-party music app is using the Now Playing API it can use the new and improved music player in iOS 16.

We hope this post helped you easily maximize your lock screen music player. Have some more questions? Drop them in the comments below!

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  1. Yeah, but I want to see volume. How do I do that?

  2. THANK YOUUUUUU 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

  3. Thank you so much

  4. What I’m missing is larger controls in the centre of the screen. I use my iPhone to play backing tracks when practising the cello everyday, and iOS 16 has been disastrous for this, as the music controls are now fiddly at the base of the lock screen.

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