Add music to your queue to play next

You can manually change the order that songs play in the Music app or in iTunes, or queue up music for your Apple TV or HomePod.

An iPhone X playing an animation of swiping up on Now Playing in the Music app. The Jason Mraz song "Have It All" is paused.

On your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Android device

  1. In the Music app on your iOS device or the Apple Music app on Android1, find a song, album, or playlist that you want to listen to after what's currently playing.
  2. Press firmly on the item to use 3D Touch or long press the item, then tap  Play Next or  Play Later2. You can also tap an album or playlist, then then tap the More Options icon on your iOS device or the More Options icon on your Android phone and choose  Play Next or  Play Later2.

The song or songs on the album or playlist add to your Up Next queue. Any music that you choose to play next will appear at the top of the queue, and any that you choose to play later will appear at the bottom of the queue.

To view your Up Next queue, tap or swipe up on the player at the bottom of the screen to open Now Playing, then scroll down. To reorder your queue, press the Reorder icon on your iOS device or the Reorder icon on your Android, then drag any song up or down. To remove an item from Up Next, swipe left on it, then tap Remove.

If you choose to play a new album or playlist, you'll see the option to keep or clear your Up Next queue.


1. You can also create a queue of podcasts episodes in the Podcasts app on your iOS device.

2. Depending on how many items are in your queue, you might not see  Play Later.


On your Mac or PC

A Mac laptop with an iTunes window open. The Up Next queue is open and selected.

  1. In iTunes, find a song, album, or playlist that you want to listen to after what’s currently playing. 
  2. Right-click on the item and choose Play Next or Play Later3

Any music that you choose to play next will appear at the top of the queue, and any that you choose to play later will appear at the bottom of the queue.

To view Up Next, click the Up Next button  at the top of the iTunes window. To reorder your queue, click and hold a song, then drag it to move it up or down in your queue. If you want to remove an item from Up Next, hold your pointer over the item and click the Remove icon in the top left corner.

If you choose to play a new album or playlist, you'll see the option to keep or clear your Up Next queue.


3. Depending on how many items are in your queue, you might not see Play Later.


   

An iPhone X with the audio switcher in Control Center open.

On your Apple TV or HomePod

If you have an Apple TV or HomePod nearby, and an Apple Music subscription, you can use the Music app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to control what plays next.4

On your iOS device, open the Music app. Tap or swipe up on the player at the bottom of the screen to open Now Playing, then tap the AirPlay icon . You'll see separate cards for each Apple TV or HomePod in addition to the main options to use AirPlay to stream audio from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to another device. Tap the card of the device that you want to control.

After you tap the device's card, what you see in the Music app reflects what's currently playing and the Up Next queue for that Apple TV or HomePod.

Any music that you choose to Play Next, Play Later, or move up or down in the Up Next queue affects the play order for that particular device.

If you have a different Apple TV or HomePod in another room, you can create separate queues for those devices.5



4. You can choose what plays next from iTunes on a Mac by clicking the AirPlay button.

5. You can also choose what plays next from a different Apple TV. From the Home screen, press and hold the Play/Pause button on your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote. Then swipe right on the touch surface to see additional audio destinations.

Create shared queues

If you are at a friend's house or have guests over, you can all share control6 of the Up Next queue for an Apple TV or HomePod. Any guest who wants to add to the queue must have Apple Music. If you're not a subscriber, you can change only the order of queued songs.

On your iOS device, open the Music App. Tap or swipe up on the player at the bottom of the screen to open Now Playing, then tap the AirPlay icon and tap the card of the device that you want to manage the queue for. 

Any changes someone makes to the next Up Next queue reflects on any other user's device when they go to manage the Up Next queue for the shared Apple TV or HomePod.


6. Before you can share control, make sure that you have the latest version of iOS.


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