Why Does Samsung Phone Randomly Play Music?(+How To Stop It)

Some of the more popular smartphones in the world are made by Samsung. With each year, the company comes up with more complex versions of its phones. For the most part, they get a positive review. However, some phones do get a harsh review.

Your music player widgets might be open on your home screen and lock screen, a software malfunction can cause a virus to develop, and this virus will cause an issue. Poorly designed websites and advertisements may cause the mobile software to lag, which can cause the problem.

Many users complain about certain issues that arise because they are unfamiliar with certain settings. This article helps resolve one of those issues. If you want to get acclimatized to newer Samsung smartphones, then please read on!

Reasons why Samsung phones play music randomly?

 Before we find out how to fix this, we must locate the root of the problem. It will be easier to find the solution if we know what the cause is.

 The first one can be an accidental cause, while the other issue can be caused by a virus.

The accidental reason may arise from the fact that your music player widgets might be open on your home screen and lock screen. These widgets can be causing your music to play and pause while the phone is in your pocket or in contact with some other surface.

This issue can be easily fixed by following the steps given in the next question.

If this issue arises from a virus, then it is a bit tedious to solve. However, the steps for it are fairly simple to follow. A software malfunction can cause such a virus to develop.

It may cause random audio files to play and pause even if you have closed all background apps. This virus can also latch on to your phone if you have visited a malicious website recently.

This kind of virus is not fatal and is usually limited to playing and pausing audio files from your phone. However, that is also inconvenient as it could breach your privacy and prove to be a nuisance in a conference room or a family gathering.

Refer to the next questions for solutions on this iteration of the issue.

Another reason for the music to keep playing or randomly start playing after you close all your apps is from website advertisements.

Poorly designed websites and advertisements may cause the mobile software to lag, in effect delaying the sound of the advertisement. This may give you the perception that your phone is randomly playing the music when in reality, it is actually processing the data in real-time.

Not taking action against this may cause more damage to your phone. It is recommended to act quickly. The best ways are described below.

How to stop Samsung from automatically playing music?

There exist different ways for different causes. Follow the steps that correspond to your problem down below.

Widgets: If the Google Play Music app is closed, it still plays music. Its widget also controls the sound. Removing the widget from the home screen and lock screen can remove any probability of accidentally pressing play and embarrassing yourself. You can remove the widget by following the steps below:

  1. Long press on the home screen or the widget itself to drag and remove it.
  2. Throw it in the bin-shaped icon to remove it.
  3. Remove the Play Music notification by long-pressing the notification and following the on-screen instructions.

It is also a good idea to restart your phone, which will most likely help fix the issue.

Virus: To fight the virus, the phone either needs an update or another buddy to help it along its way. That buddy is called an “antivirus software.” This type of software is pretty common in computers and often comes pre-installed.

However, they are not preloaded on the phones. Therefore, it is advised to protect your phone with the best antivirus software available on the play store.

Below are the steps to download, install, and run common antivirus software.

  1. Go to the Android play store and search for top-rated antivirus software. Usually, the more famous ones are also the ones that are highly rated. “MacAfee” and “Norton” lead the playing field in this sector. However, you can choose whatever you are comfortable with.
  2. Press the install button.
  3. When it is installed, set it up and remember to run daily checks.
  4. Act when the software detects something. The software is likely going to give you the best options against any virus that is detected.

Factory Reset:

Go for this option if all else fails. Make sure to back up any important data on your phone before you reset it, as this method is going to erase everything.

  1. Go to your “Settings” app on the phone.
  2. Search for “Factory reset” and follow the onscreen instructions to successfully reset your phone.

Why is my Phone Playing Random Audio?

Another cause of this random audio playing issue can arise from an app that you may have downloaded. The app can be from the app store or a local website; it can still carry a virus.

Such apps corrupt the phone rendering it useless in the long run. If you want to detect where this music is coming from, you can follow the steps in the next question. H

owever, to deal with this, you can perform the following steps.

  1. If you run the safe mode test explained below and got a positive result, it means that a third-party app is causing the music to play. Delete any recent apps that seem malicious in nature.
  2. If the music continues in safe mode, then you have to factory reset your phone.
  3. Back up any important data and clear the cache section of the phone memory.
  4. Go to the “factory reset” option in settings and follow the on-screen instructions to go through with it. The phone is likely to be restored to its original condition.

Where is the Music on my Phone Coming From?

To detect what causes this issue, you would have to perform the safe mode test. Follow the steps below to see how it works.

  1. Long press the power button to get three options to power off your phone.
  2. Long press the “shut down/power off” button to get the safe mode option. Run the phone in safe mode to see if the sound still runs.
  3. If you can still hear the sound, that means the phone’s pre-installed apps are malfunctioning. You would have to perform a hard reset to resolve this issue.
  4. If the music is not playing in safe mode, it means that a third-party app that you downloaded recently is causing the issue.
  5. Remove any recently downloaded app that seems malicious in nature. This would likely restore your phone back to its glory.


Smartphones are constantly evolving, and it is better for us to keep evolving with them. This will help us stay in touch with the most recent technological advancements as well as make us more efficient in our day-to-day tasks.

The “random music” issue is just one of the problems that can arise in a modern-day smartphone. The user must be proficient in smartphone knowledge in order to solve the problem on the spot.

Otherwise, it can cause quite an inconvenience. You can get yourself acquainted with the Android interface by navigating through the settings to cater to your needs. Be sure not to change anything that may be irreversible.

The modern-day interface is pretty user-friendly. Therefore most problems can be solved on the spot.

I’ve been working with technology in one way or the other all my life. After graduating from university, I worked as a sales consultant for Verizon for a few years. Now I am a technical support engineer by day and write articles on my own blog here in my spare time to help others if they have any issues with their devices.