Pretty simple question, but I haven't been able to find an answer. All I want to do is disable the media player controls that appear on the Windows 10 lock screen. The screenshot below shows what controls I mean:

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  • See if some music app(s) are listed in Settings > Personalization > Lock Screen > Choose Apps to Show Quick Status.
    – harrymc
    Jun 28 '19 at 20:42
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    @harrymc no luck - none of them are in that list.
    – Ian
    Jul 1 '19 at 13:56

In Chrome go to chrome://flags/#hardware-media-key-handling and set that to "Disabled": Screenshot


I was able to find a way to hide this feature per-browser. This is part of the Media Session API that browsers are implementing lately. You can disable it by going to your browser's flags config page and disabling media session service.

Source: Disable Media Control Overlays on Chrome and Edge browsers in Windows 10.


If you only need to disable the media controls overlay for Spotify (this seems to be the case), then you can do it from the Spotify side of things by going to:

Spotify (app) -> Edit -> Preferences -> Display -> "Show desktop overlay when using media keys"

Otherwise, I don't know how to help you

Sourced from here.


  • I know about this, but my goal is to disable it for all apps. Ideally I'd still like to keep the media controls linked to the volume changer if possible.
    – Ian
    Jun 28 '19 at 16:46
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    I did some research and nobody seems to know how to disable this within windows itself, instead of by app. I took a quick look in the registry and didn't find anything. Sorry.
    – johnbchron
    Jun 28 '19 at 17:14
  • I am also curious if anybody knows how to do this for all applications (so it would work, for example, for both chrome and foobar2000).
    – jippyjoe4
    Mar 24 '20 at 16:55

Use VLC media player they don't use windows notification. Does your command in background by media key

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