How to Play Your Music With Siri

Siri's voice commands let you control your tunes with ease

Siri as it appears activated on the phone


Why tap the screen when you can speak to it? The personal assistant, Siri, on iOS devices controls the Music app, and it's pretty simple to set up.

You can play songs from your own library with Siri, and you don't even need to know the song name or artist.

This procedure works with iOS 10 and higher.

How to Use Siri to Play Music

With Siri listening for a voice command, say the following phrases to play music from your collection.

  • Play [Artist]: Starts songs that have that artist listed.
  • Play the [Playlist] playlist: Plays songs from the playlist you mention.
  • Play [Song]: Use this to play a specific song in your library.
  • Start the [radio station name] radio station: Begins playing music from that radio station.
  • Shuffle my music: Plays all your music on shuffle mode.
  • Pause this song: Useful for temporarily freezing playback.
  • Resume playing: Continues a paused song.
  • Skip this song: If you want to go to the next song in the series, use this command.
  • Stop this song: Completely stops music streaming from the Music app.
  • What song is this? Siri will give you information on the name of the song and artist.

If you just want to open the Music app without necessarily starting the music, you can say Launch Music or Open my music.

Personalizing Your Listening Experience

Using Siri voice commands lets you fine-tune what Music plays over time, using a like/dislike system similar to Pandora Radio. You can also add songs you really like to playlists.

  • Play more like this: Tells Music to remember that you like this type of music.
  • Never play this song: Excludes a particular song from being played in the future.
  • Add this song to my wish list: Useful for building up a favorites list of songs that you really like.