Play, repeat, and shuffle music

From the Now Playing screen, you can play music, repeat and shuffle songs, and more.

Open Now Playing on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Android phone

When you play music in the Music app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, or in the Apple Music app on your Android phone, a player appears at the bottom or lower-right corner of the screen.

Tap the player to open the Now Playing screen. From there, you can play a song, control the song's volume, share a song, turn on shuffle, set repeat, and more.

From the Now Playing screen, you can also rewind, pause, or fast forward a song, download the song for offline listening, use AirPlay to stream the song, and more. Swipe up on the Now Playing screen to see even more options.

 

        

Shuffle songs

Open the Now Playing screen and scroll down.

Tap  to set Music to always shuffle a list of songs selected. Any album, playlist, or set of songs will play in a random order.

When shuffle is on, you'll see . To turn it off, tap the button until you see .

Repeat songs

Open the Now Playing screen and scroll down.

Tap  once to turn on repeat for an entire playlist or album. Tap  again to turn on repeat for one song. Tap  a third time to clear the repeat.

When repeat is on, you'll see  or . To turn it off, tap the button until you see .

More options

Under the Shuffle and Repeat buttons on Now Playing, you'll find the song's Lyrics1 and a list of songs that will play Up Next. To reorganize Up Next, drag songs with move icon to rearrange their order, or swipe left to remove a song that you want to skip. If you don't see move icon , turn off repeat.

Control your music on your Mac or PC

When you play music in iTunes on a Mac or PC, you can control it at the top of the iTunes window. From there, you can rewind, pause, or fast forward a song, control the song's volume, share a song, use AirPlay to stream the song, and more. 

Shuffle songs

Click  to turn on shuffle for the songs in a playlist or album. When shuffle is on, you'll see  .

Repeat songs

Click  once to turn on repeat for an entire playlist or album. Click  again to turn on repeat for one song. Click  a third time to clear the repeat.

When repeat is on, you’ll see  or .


     

Open Music on your Apple Watch

When you play music in the Music app on your Apple Watch Series 3, you can control it from either Now Playing or the Music app. You'll need AirPods or Bluetooth headphones to listen to music through your Apple Watch. Use the Dock to open the Music app to control shuffle and repeat.

From the Music app, you can play a song, twist the Digital Crown to control the song's volume, turn on shuffle, set repeat, and more.

Shuffle songs

Open the Music app, then choose a playlist, artist, or album to play. From the playing screen, tap .

Tap  to set Music to always shuffle a list of songs selected. Any album, playlist, or set of songs will play in a random order.

When shuffle is on, you'll see . To turn it off, tap the button until you see .

Repeat songs

Open the Music app, then choose a playlist, artist, or album to play. From the play screen, tap .

Tap  once to turn on repeat for an entire playlist or album. Tap   again to turn on repeat for one song. Tap   a third time to clear the repeat.

When repeat is on, you'll see  or . To turn it off, tap the button until you see .

Learn more

Apple Music and iTunes features might vary by country or region.

1 Lyrics are not available for all songs. Learn more about lyrics in Apple Music.

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