How to Use Shake to Shuffle on iPhone and iPod

A fan favorite, vanished on modern iOS devices

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From multitouch screens to voice input with Siri to Face ID facial recognition, the iPhone has always offered cool new ways to control our devices. One cool feature that not a lot of people know about is Shake to Shuffle. 

Shake to Shuffle uses the iPhone's accelerometer, a sensor that allows the phone to know when and how it is being moved by the user, to shuffle the songs you're listening to and get a new, randomized playback order. 

There Is No Shake to Shuffle on iOS 8.4 and Up

If you're running iOS 8.4 or higher on your iPhone or iPod touch, you can't use Shake to Shuffle.

Every iOS device features accelerometers, but these versions of iOS no longer support using them to shuffle music. No one really knows why, but Apple removed Shake to Shuffle starting in iOS 8.4 and it hasn't come back. Given that there have been several major versions of the iOS released since then, it's probably safe to assume Shake to Shuffle is never coming back. So, you can shake your phone all you like, but it's not going to shuffle your songs.

Using Shake to Shuffle on iPod nano

Shake to Shuffle is also an option for iPod nano users. It's available on the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th generation iPod nano models. To enable or disable the feature on your nano, follow these steps:

  1. From the home screen, select Settings.

  2. In Settings, select Playback (on the 4th and 5th gen. models) or Music (on the 6th and 7th gen. models).

  3. On the 4th and 5th gen. models, use the center button of the clickwheel to select Playback and then turn Shake to Shuffle on and off. On the 6th and 7th gen. models, move the slider to on or off. 

If you've turned the feature on, just give your nano a good shake while it's playing music and a new, random song will begin playing.