How to Play Your Music With Siri

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 can be used to control 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.

How to Enable and Use Siri

In order to use Siri with the Music app, you have to first make sure she's listening. You can do this the regular way:

  1. Hold down the Home button until the screen shows that Siri is listening.

If Siri isn't enabled on your device, it's easy to turn on:

  1. Open the Settings app from the home screen.

  2. Scroll down to the Siri section.

  3. Tap the toggle next to the Siri option to turn it on.

How to Play Songs

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.