Basic controls on IOS lock screen

(Christian Noerrelund) #1

Hi all

Sorry if this has been addressed before. Are basic controls on iOS lock screen a possibility? (with Apples current demands for background network processes)

Best regards

(Andrew Cox) #2

Hi Christian,

Although your request is specific to iOS I have transferred it to Feature Requests where it is more likely to attract comment from other users and be seen as a potential new feature by the devs.

I would very much like to have quick access to start/stop/volume controls on my iPad. Waking the app and rediscovering my server can take 5-7 seconds, which doesn’t sound like much but can be annoying.

(Mike Pinkerton) #3

This is possible to do. I think the Google PlayMusic app does it by sending silence to the iOS playback system in the background even when playing music to a local ChromeCast. Seems to work well enough (and doesn’t drain the battery).

(Danny Dulai) #4

That statement about Google Play Music might be true, or it might not. Apple has been very clear from the beginning that that is not allowed, though:

Apps that play audio content in the background must play audible content and not silence.

(Mike Pinkerton) #5

True, but the review guidelines and the developer docs are two separate beasts. :smile:


Any news on this topic? With the nes watchOS 4 it would be a really nice add-on, that would give easy access to control the music, just by raising the arm.

(Dan Sully) #7

I’d love to have this. This would be a huge functionality boost.

(Christian Noerrelund) #8

Do you know how e.g. Sonos gets around this? Just tried their app on an iOS device a few days ago, and it shows playback controls on the lock screen, and seems to retrieve current playback details in real-time.

Best, Chrisris

(Danny Dulai) #9

I never said it’s impossible. I only commented on silence playback.


Hi @danny ,
Roon ready partner Bluesound has an ios widget. I use it in combination with roon all the time. It’s unfortunate roon doesn’t have one as this is by far the fastest way to change volume and change track.

(Rene Bouwmeester) #11

Yup, using it as well:

I use Harmony widget for activity selection, volume control on the Meridian DSPs and play/pause on the Node. The Bluesound widget comes in handy for track info, back/skip and five radio presets.

But usually I just take one of the Logitech ‘dumb’ remotes that are laying around the house. These are programmed for all of the above, plus source and Dirac filter selections on the MiniDSP.

Ergonomics count.


As a powernode2 user the volume can be adjusted using the BluOs widget as well. So this is very handy.
Still this widget only controls the bluesound zone. I’d love to see roon create one where you can switch between zones and control simple things like volume and track

(Rene Bouwmeester) #13

I know – use the Pulse2 in the bedroom like this:

Still: I taught the buttons of a spare Apple TV mini remote to the Pulse. Much easier to operate in the dark. :slight_smile:


The current zone switcher would make a great widget I think
Just add a previous & next button

(Christian Noerrelund) #15

Looks good.


Any news to this topic? It shouldn’t be so hard to provide a simple widget. Single developers with free Apps can also do this.

People sometimes ask me: What did you pay for that App that doesn’t provide such basic stuff? :face_with_raised_eyebrow:

It would be intersting to hear, if this feature is planned or not.

Btw, does someone know about a workaround with other Apps like Workflow to control ROCK?

(Drew Conner) #17

Any update on lock screen controls? Sonos just removed them in their latest update (blaming Airplay 2), which has triggered me to start look for an alternative. I used to use this feature all the time with my Sonos system and it would be a great addition to the Roon platform. I started my two-week trail a few minutes ago and this was the first feature I searched for.

(Ali Shafai) #18

@danny I would love to see basic controls on the lock screen as well. Sometimes I just want to pause Roon on my iPad without having to unlock to get to the app.

Every media player [Tidal, Pandora, etc.] that resides on my iOS device does provide basic controls like Play, Pause, Track forward and backward.