How to Remove Apps from the Quick Settings Media Control Panel in Android 12

Choose which apps get audio controls in Quick Settings

What to Know

  • Go to Settings > Sound & vibration > Media.
  • Tap an app from the list to turn its media player on or off.

This article explains how to stop or allow an app from displaying its media controls in Quick Settings in Android 12.

How to Customize Quick Settings Media Player Apps

Editing which apps are allowed to show their media player in Quick Settings is done through the Media area of your phone's settings, and it's really easy.

  1. Go to Settings > Sound & vibration > Media.

    Sound, vibration, and media settings in Android 12

    If your settings don't look like that, you'll need to update your Android OS. To enable the installation of Android 12 beta, sign up on Google's website.

  2. Tap the button next to the app whose media controls you want to enable or disable.

Why Stop an App's Media Controls From Displaying?

Android 11 also shows media controls in Quick Settings, and for good reason. It makes controlling media playback really easy from the notification area. What makes Android 12 different is you get to pick which apps should have their media controls hidden.

Running more than one media-playing app will show playback controls for all of them. If you don't want to clutter up the Quick Settings area with all of those, or have to swipe through unnecessary ones to find what you want, disabling some of those apps as described above is the only way to selectively clean it up.

Another situation where management of the media controls come in handy is if you like to switch between apps playing content. Say you're using SoundCloud but you want to open a YouTube video briefly. Performing this switch is fine, but when closing YouTube, its controls might remain front and center in Quick Settings when what you really want is to resume SoundCloud. Disabling YouTube from showing its media controls would be an easy fix if you encounter something like this often.

Since this feature is in the beta version of Android 12, it won't necessarily stick around through the public release. If it does, there's no guarantee it'll exist in the exact same way as it's described here.

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