Apple Music Animated Cover Art Not Working In iOS 17? (Fix!)

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Posted in TILs by Mary on September 15, 2023

Apple Music animated cover art not working.

Apple Music animated cover art not working on iPhone in iOS 17? Song covers don’t animate on the Now Playing screen although you’re sure that you’re playing a track that comes with this new feature? There are a couple of ways to fix it!

Apple Music Animated Cover Art Not Working?

This unexpected behavior has been reported by Cora:

“No animated covers for me either in Apple Music!”

We’ve found similar complaints on Reddit (1 and 2).

Important: First of all, be aware that not albums support this feature, so don’t expect the Now Playing screen to animate every time!

However, if you know that a song is covered and the art is not animating on your device, proceed to the next section.

How To Fix Apple Music Animated Covers Not Working

You’re most likely not dealing with an iOS 17 bug, but with a hidden setting on your device that’s preventing the full-screen animated cover from playing on the Now Playing screen. So please check the following:

1. Exit Low Power Mode

If your iPhone runs in the power saving mode, the Apple Music album covers won’t animate to avoid unnecessary battery drainage.

Tip: Swipe-down from the top-right corner of the screen to bring up the Control Center and turn off Low Power Mode!

2. Turn Off Reduce Motion

reduce motion setting ios 17
If you’ve set up your device to minimize effects the animated covers won’t work either. Proceed as follows:

  • Open Settings and scroll for Accessibility.
  • Go for Motion.
  • Disable Reduce Motion.

3. Turn Off Increased Contrast

increase contrast setting in accessibility
Another Accessibility option can also cause Apple Music animated covers not to work. It’s called Increased Contrast and is available in Settings -> Accessibility -> Display & Text Size. Switch it off!

Tip: To disable Increase Contrast only for Apple Music go for:

  • Settings -> Accessibility -> Per-App Settings.
  • Add Music.
  • Tweak Increase Contrast and Reduce Motion accordingly.

Have you managed to fix Apple Music animated covers not working on iPhone in iOS 17? Do you have a better solution or other issues to report? Share your feedback in the comments.

Related: Check out all iOS 17 new features in our detailed review. There are 293 of them!

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