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 always offers cool new ways to control devices. One cool and little-known feature is Shake to Shuffle. Shake to Shuffle uses an accelerometer, a sensor that knows when and how the iPhone moves, to shuffle songs, and to get a new, randomized playback order.

There Is No Shake to Shuffle on iOS 8.4 and Up

If iOS 8.4 or higher is installed 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. 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.

Use Shake to Shuffle on iPod nano

Shake to Shuffle is 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 generation models) or Music (on the 6th and 7th generation models).

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

If you turned the feature on, give your nano a good shake while it's playing music to play a new, random song.