The Apple Music App, Repeat, and Shuffle icons

You can add variety to your music listening experience on iPhone and iPad by turning on Shuffle, which plays songs in random order. Or if you love a song, album, or playlist and want to listen to it over and over again, turn on Repeat. Here’s how.

Shuffle Music with Siri Voice Commands

If you’re comfortable with voice commands, the easiest way to shuffle your music is with Siri.

Activate Siri by holding down the Home button (on older iPhones and iPads) or the Side/Power button (on newer iPhones and iPads) until the Siri screen pops up.

Then speak a command:

  • Shuffle entire library: Say, “Shuffle my music.”
  • Shuffle by artist: Say, “Shuffle the Beatles.”
  • Shuffle by playlist: Say, “Shuffle songs from my playlist Calming Music.”
  • Disable Shuffle: Say, “Turn off shuffle.”

Turn On Shuffle Using the Music App

To shuffle music without voice commands, launch the Music app and select the playlist, artist, or album you’d like to hear. Use Apple’s built-in Spotlight Search to locate the app if you can’t find it on your device.

Tap on the Shuffle button, which is just to the right of the Play button on both an iPhone and an iPad.

Turning on Shuffle in Music app using the Shuffle button

The Music app will then play songs in the selected category (Playlist, Artist, or Album) in random order.

Turn Off Shuffle Using the Music App

Turning on Shuffle is easy, but turning it off takes several extra steps. First, tap on the song that’s playing near the bottom of the screen.

Tap on the song currently playing at the bottom of the screen

You will then see the Now Playing screen on an iPhone or the Now Playing pop-up window on an iPad.

Look for the Up Next icon in the lower-right corner of the Now Playing area. The Up Next icon looks like three short horizontal lines with three dots next to them.

Tap on the Up Next icon.

Tapping on the Up Next to turn off shuffle in Apple Music app

The screen will change and you will see a Shuffle icon (two twisted arrows) and a Repeat icon (two arrows curved toward each other in an oval shape) beside the “Up Next” part of the display.

Tap on the Shuffle icon to disable the playback mode.

Turning off Shuffle in Music App from the Up Next list

Repeat Music with Siri Voice Commands

Like shuffling, turning on Repeat is easy with voice commands. Activate Siri by holding down the Home button (on older iPhones and iPads) or the Side/Power button (on newer iPhones and iPads) until the Siri screen pops up. Then speak a command:

  • Repeat a single song: Say, “Repeat this song.”
  • Repeat an album or playlist: Say, “Turn on repeat,” “Repeat this album,” or “Repeat this playlist.”
  • Disable Repeat: Say, “Turn off repeat.”

Turn On Repeat Using the Music App

If you’d like to turn on repeat without using voice commands, you have more steps ahead. You can repeat a single song or an entire playlist or album. First, open the Music app and then tap on the song that’s playing near the bottom of the screen.

Tap on the song currently playing at the bottom of the screen

You will then see the Now Playing screen on an iPhone or the Now Playing pop-up window on an iPad.

Look for the Up Next icon near the bottom-right corner of the screen. The Up Next icon looks like three short horizontal lines with three dots next to them. Tap on it.

Tapping on Up Next icon in Apple Music app

The screen will change, and you will see a Shuffle icon (two twisted arrows) and a Repeat icon (two arrows curved toward each other in an oval shape) beside the “Up Next” area of the display.

Tap on the Repeat icon once to repeat the entire album or playlist. Tap the Repeat icon again to repeat only the current song.

Turning on Repeat in Music app from the Up Next list

Turn Off Repeat Using the Music App

If you’d like to disable Repeat mode, open the Music app and then tap on the song that’s playing near the bottom of the screen.

Tap on the song currently playing at the bottom of the screen

You will see the Now Playing screen on an iPhone or the Now Playing pop-up window on an iPad.

Look for the Up Next icon near the bottom-right corner of the screen. The Up Next icon looks like three short horizontal lines with three dots next to them.

Tap on the Up Next icon, and the screen will change.

Tapping on the Up Next icon to turn off repeat in Apple Music app

You’ll see a Shuffle icon (two twisted arrows) and a Repeat icon (two arrows curved toward each other in an oval shape) beside the “Up Next” area of the display.

To turn off Repeat, tap on the Repeat icon until it is no longer highlighted.

Turning off Repeat in Music app from the Up Next list

Happy listening!

Benj Edwards Benj Edwards
Benj Edwards is a Staff Writer for How-To Geek. For over 14 years, he has written about technology and tech history for sites such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, PCMag, PCWorld, Macworld, Ars Technica, and Wired. In 2005, he created Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to tech history. He also created The Culture of Tech podcast and regularly contributes to the Retronauts retrogaming podcast.
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