Sunday, 7 October 2018

How to remove 'Connect' from Music on iOS

Scroll down to Instructions if you just want the solution.

There used to be a real excitement about installing the latest apple operating system.  This peaked for me around the time of Tiger and Leopard when the interface and functionality would significantly jump with each iteration and I couldn't wait to get my cursor all over them. 

Now I'm older I have learned to approach each new refresh with a degree of trepidation a the term 'feature' appears to become synonymous with 'unnecessary,' 'unwanted,' and therefore 'unwelcome.'

Fortunately, iOS 12 seems pretty smart and builds on what works...almost.  The 'Connect' menu item inside the 'Music' app has reared its bulky and ugly head on my valuable screen real estate (I like the SE, I really don't want anything bigger that'll bend in my pocket).  

An unwelcome 'connect' icon on my Music app. Let's get rid of it.

I have no love for the Connect platform.  As Apple pushes to make anything musical in my domestic life only possible through its products, or even worse, a collection of products I must go out and buy, it also believes it can generate platforms and censor content.  You can't have it both ways Apple - unless you are really, REALLY good at it and you've yet to sufficiently impress me to throw away my LPs and believe you know what is best for me to listen to. 

Anyway, I found a fix, it's hidden under seven new screens of less-than-obvious headings. 

Instructions

  1. Open 'Settings' app.
  2. Select 'Screen Time' - a new option below 'Do Not Disturb.'
  3. Select 'Content & Privacy Restrictions' and enter passcode if required.
  4. Switch 'Content & Privacy Restrictions' to 'on' if currently 'off.'
  5. Select 'Content Restrictions'
  6. Select 'Music Profiles & Posts' and switch to 'off.'
Done.  The 'Connect' menu item in the 'Music' app is now gone!

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