How to Use Shake to Shuffle on iPhone and iPod

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From multitouch screens to voice input with Siri, the iPhone has always offered cool new ways to interact with 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.

 Read on to learn all about the feature and how to use it.

RELATED: Is the iPhone and iPod's shuffle feature is truly random?

There Is No Shake to Shuffle on iOS 8 and 9

Sorry to start things off on a down note, but if you're running iOS 8.4, iOS 9, or higher on your iPhone or iPod touch, you don't have access to Shake to Shuffle. Your devices still have accelerometers, but they don't support the feature anymore. No one really knows why, but Apple removed Shake to Shuffle starting in iOS 8.4 and it hasn't come back. We can hope a future version of the iOS restores it, but in the meantime, running newer versions of the iOS means you can shake your phone all you like, but it's not going to shuffle.

Disabling Shake to Shuffle on Earlier Version of the iOS

Shake to Shuffle is turned on by default in iOS 3 and up. If you want to disable it, or if it's disabled and you want to turn it back on, follow these simple steps:

  1. Tap the Settings app to open it
  2. Tap iPod (on iOS 3 and 4) or Music (on iOS 5 and higher)
  3. Find the Shake to Shuffle slider. To disable the feature, move this to off/white. Make sure the slider is moved to on/green to enable the feature.

Using Shake to Shuffle

To use Shake to Shuffle, you need to be listening to a song in the iPod/Music app on your iPhone or iPod touch (the feature doesn't work if you're just looking at your music library.

A song actually needs to be playing).

When you're ready for a new playback order, simply grip your device tightly (after all, you don't want to shake it out of your hand and across the room) and just give it a couple of firm shakes, as if you're shaking water off your hands. Both side-to-side and up and down shakes work fine. As long as the phone senses movement, the feature kicks in.

With a sufficient shake, you'll hear a bloop come from the phone's speakers or through the headphones to acknowledge the shuffle and, after a very short delay, a new song begins playing.

Using Shake to Shuffle on iPod nano

In addition to the iPhone and iPod touch, Shake to Shuffle is supported on the iPod nano, too. It's present 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 ge. models)
  3. On the 4th and 5th gen. models, use the center button of the click wheel 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 set of songs will begin playing.

Related: Shake to Undo

Shuffling songs isn't the only thing shaking your iPhone can do. The iOS also offers a shake-to-undo feature. For instance, if you type something and decide you want to erase it, simply shaking your iPhone will delete it. It's almost like shaking your head when you change your mind. 

Control whether this feature is enabled or disabled by following these steps:

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Tap Accessibility
  3. In the Interaction section, tap Shake to Undo
  4. Move the slider to on/green or off/white.
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