How to Stop Kids Ruining Your Apple Music Recommendations

Posted by Tim Hardwick

In iOS 17.2, you can turn off your Apple Music listening history using the new Focus filter, so if you let someone else use your device to listen to music, you can quickly activate Focus with one tap and stop them from your choice of songs influence your recommendations.

Have you ever regretted letting a friend or family member use ‌Apple Music&zwnj ; on your iPhone after their poor song selections negatively impacted your personal music recommendations?

If you have very young children, chances are at some point you've played their favorite preschool song to avoid a meltdown, only to later cringe when Apple's algorithms slip through “Baby Shark” or anything else that infuriates you. repeating song into recently played or played mixes.

Luckily, Apple has finally realized the regularity of such events, and in iOS 17.2, which is currently in beta, it has added a new Focus filter option that will help you automatically turn off ‌Apple Music&zwnj. ; listening history whenever you hand over your device to those who have, shall we say, more discriminating listening tastes.

The following steps will show you how it's done. Note that for this to work, you need to download the iOS 17.2 beta, otherwise you won't see the Listening History filter option.

  1. Go to Settings ➝ Focus on your ‌iPhone‌.
  2. Click the + button at the top. -right corner to create a new focus, then click Custom.
  3. Give the new focus a recognizable name, symbol, and color, then click Next .

  4. Click Adjust Focus.
  5. Scroll down to Focus Filters, then click Add Filter .
  6. Select the Music filter.
  7. Make sure the button next to Use listening history is off, then click Add.

That's all you need. The next time your ‌iPhone‌ will play music for someone else, just swipe down from the top right corner of the screen to open Control Center and press and hold the Focus button to select the Focus you created. Rest assured that whatever they play after this will not ruin your ‌Apple Music‌ algorithms.

Of course, if you don’t feel that the personal recommendations of ‌Apple Music‌ does not benefit you and you do not have the ‌Apple Music‌ In a profile where your listening history is available, you can permanently disable your listening history by going to Settings ➝ Music and turning off the switch next to Use listening history.

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