How to Shuffle Songs on the iPhone

Listen to your tunes in a fresh order

Shuffle songs on iPhone

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If you're not sure exactly what song or album you're in the mood for, the iPhone's built-in Music app can surprise you by shuffling your songs.

Shuffle randomly plays songs from your music library in no order and lets you skip or replay songs. It's a great way to keep your music fresh and rediscover songs you haven't heard recently.

These instructions apply to devices running iOS 10 or later.

How to Shuffle All Music on the iPhone

To get the most variety, shuffle all of the songs in your Music library. Here's to do it.

  1. Open the Music app, and then tap Library.

    Library option in the Music app on iPhone
  2. Select Songs, and then tap Shuffle.

    Songs and Shuffle options on an iPhone
  3. Your randomized playlist will start automatically. Use the forward arrow to skip to the next song or the back arrow to return to the last one. 

  4. To turn off song shuffling, tap the playback bar so that you view the full album art. Swipe up and tap the ​Shuffle button so it's not highlighted.

    The shuffle option in Music on an iPhone
  5. After you turn off Shuffle, the song list will revert to play alphabetically by artist.

View and Edit Your Upcoming Shuffle Queue

The Music app lists upcoming songs and lets you change their order and remove ones you don't want to hear. Here's how:

  1. When you're already listening to songs on shuffle, tap the playback bar at the bottom of the app to view the full-size album art and playback controls.

  2. Swipe up to reveal the Up Next menu, which contains the list of upcoming songs. To change the order, tap and hold the three-line menu at the right of the song. Drag and drop the song to a new location in the list.

    Moving a song in the Up Next list in the Music app on an iPhone
  3. To remove a song from the list, swipe from right to left across the song to reveal the Remove button. Tap Remove.

    This option only removes the song from this list. It doesn't delete the song from your library.

    Removing a song from a shuffle playlist on an iPhone
  4. The playlist generates when you tap the Shuffle button, so you can start changing the whole thing as soon as it starts playing.

How to Shuffle Music Within an Album on iPhone

You can also shuffle just the songs within a specific album. To do that, tap Albums on the Library page, tap the album you want to listen to, and then tap Shuffle.

Shuffling an Album in the Music app on iPhone

How to Shuffle Music in An iPhone Playlist

Even though the point of creating a playlist is to put songs in a certain order, you may still want to mix up that order sometimes. Shuffling a playlist is almost identical to shuffling an album: From the Library page, tap Playlists, select the one you want to listen to and then tap Shuffle.

Shuffling a playlist on iPhone

Other Options on the Library Screen

The Library screen has even more ways to filter the music on your iPhone. Using the same steps as above, you can also create random playlists based on artists, genres, and songs you've downloaded.

If you don't see one of these options, tap Edit in the upper-right corner, and then tap a circle next to one of the options to make it red. Tap Done to save your changes.

Adding more options to the library in the Music app