How Do I Shuffle My Music on iPhone?

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The monotony of life can seem to be quite dull at times. With the same tunes blaring through your ears constantly, who wouldn’t love a little bit of change now and then? The shuffle feature – allows you to do just that. 

Quick Answer

Consider the following steps to turn on the music shuffle on your iPhone.

1. Open Apple Music from the “Library” section.
2. Tap “Songs”.
3. On the top of the screen, tap “Shuffle”, and your iPhone will start playing random songs.

In this article, you will learn various methods for turning on the shuffle on your iPhone using Apple Music and other music-listening applications.

How To Use Siri To Turn On the Shuffle

You can use Siri to turn on the music shuffle on your iPhone. Before doing so, you need to make sure that Siri is activated. Turn on Siri by saying, “Hey Siri.”; now, you can ask Siri to turn on the music shuffle.

Here are some commands you can use.

  • “Hey Siri, shuffle all of my songs.”
  • “Hey Siri, play my lofi playlist on shuffle.”
  • “Hey Siri, shuffle this album.”

These statements will result in Siri shuffling according to your commands.

How Do I Shuffle Songs From a Specific Album or Playlist?

If you want to play random songs from a desired album or playlist, you can do that by following these simple steps.

  1. Search for the Music app and open it.
  2. From the main “Library” page, tap the album or playlist you want to play.
  3. You will see the shuffle button; tap it, and you are done.
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How To Turn Off Shuffle on Apple Music

Shuffle is generally enabled in Apple Music. Once it’s off, your phone will play the songs according to the list. Moreover, here is the procedure to turn off the shuffle on your iPhone.

  1. Search the Music app and open it.
  2. On the “Now Playing” screen, tap the “Playing Next” icon.
  3. You’ll find the shuffle icon; tap it, and your shuffle is off. 

How To Turn On Shuffle on Spotify

The shuffle feature on Spotify works similarly to the shuffle feature of Apple Music. It plays a song randomly from the selected playlist. There are two methods to enable the shuffle feature on Spotify.

Method #1

  1. Open Spotify.
  2. Tap “Your Library”.
  3. Choose your desired playlist.
  4. On the top-right corner is a green play button; tap it to play your songs on shuffle.
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Method #2

  1. Launch Spotify.
  2. From “Home”, tap the “Now Playing” page at the bottom of your home screen.
  3. Tap the shuffle icon, and you are done.

Why Can’t I Shuffle on iPhone?

Firstly, you must ensure that you are running the latest version of iOS. You might encounter the problem that your shuffle icon is not appearing as if you are running a previous version of iOS despite having a device that can be updated to a newer firmware

Moreover, you need to ensure that you are not playing your “Autoplay” list, as the shuffle feature can not be implemented on your Autoplay list; hence, you cannot use the feature.

Here is how to check if you are currently using the “Autoplay” list.

  1. Open the Apple Music application.
  2. Navigate to the bottom of the screen to access the currently playing music.
  3. Tap the “Playing Next” icon. If you see an infinite icon below the track of your name, you are currently playing the “Autoplay” list.

Is Apple Music Shuffle Truly Random?

No, it is not random. Instead, Apple uses a pseudo-random algorithm that spreads the songs from the same artist as evenly as possible, making it quite difficult for the next song is of the same artist until your playlist consists of one artist only.

Once the tracks are spread evenly, now the algorithm merges all the diversified tracks to create a random queue of songs.


Turning the shuffle feature on or off is quite simple. If you feel that the songs being played are pretty random, there is a high chance that your shuffle feature is on. Turning it off will exterminate the randomness from your queue until you turn it back on.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does my shuffle play the same songs?

Applications like Spotify play the same songs by monitoring your preferences. However, you can alter this by editing your playlist. Other than that, there is a high chance that “Repeat” is on.

What does the shuffle icon look like?

The shuffle icon is next to the play/pause buttons; two overlapping arrows represent it. If it is on, the icon will be highlighted.

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