Sound Keeps Pausing When Exercising, Fix

You are exercising and you’re listening to music or a podcast using your AirPods, Apple Watch and iPhone, but then suddenly, for no reason, the sound keeps pausing. I had this problem too. I was very annoyed to be interrupted by this, spoiling the overall workout experience. This may happen every kilometer or mile when you get a notification. This issue may also occur when you stream or listen to downloaded music and ebooks.

If the sound keeps pausing for you, this article will take you through the steps you can try in fixing this.

Update your iPhone, Watch

Update your iPhone and Apple Watch and ensure that they have the latest iOS and watchOS. On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update. On your watch, you can use your iPhone or watch. If you want to update on your watch, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Alternatively, you can open the Watch app on your app and then go to General > Software Update.

Apple Watch update

If you are also using AirPods or other headphones, ensure that they have the latest firmware.

Turn off Voice Feedback

If updating does not help you, you may want to turn off Voice Feedback. Voice Feedback is an Apple Watch feature that lets you hear your progress by receiving audible announcements on your workout progress. For example, Siri will read your notification when you close your rings; or Siri may alert you when you’ve finished another kilometer. This may cause your music or sound to pause. Try turning this off and then try again. Follow these steps:

  • Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  • Tap My Watch.
  • Scroll down and find Workout.
  • Scroll down and find Voice Feedback and turn it off.

This feature can also be disabled on your watch. Follow these:

  • Tap Settings on your Apple Watch.
  • Tap Workout.
  • Turn off Voice Feedback.
Apple Watch Voice Feedback

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Dr. Serhat Kurt worked as a Senior Technology Director. He holds a doctoral degree (or doctorate) from the University of Illinois at Urbana / Champaign and a master’s degree from Purdue University. Here is his LinkedIn profile.

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