Play, repeat, and shuffle music

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

To turn shuffle or repeat on or off, ask Siri or use the controls in the Music app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch; in the Apple Music app on your Android device; in iTunes on your Mac or PC; or in the Music app on your Apple Watch.

Apple Music and iTunes features might vary by country or region. Learn more about what's available in your country or region.

 

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

On your iOS or Android device, you can turn on shuffle in two places and repeat in one:

  • At the top of any playlist or album, you'll see a  Shuffle button to the right of  Play. Tap  Shuffle to start playback of the music in random order. The color of the button won't change.
  • When you play music, a player appears at the bottom or lower-right corner of the screen. Tap the player to open Now Playing, then scroll up. You'll find  Shuffle and  Repeat buttons above Lyrics. The color of the buttons changes if you have shuffle or repeat turned on.

If your music is playing in random order or repeating and you don't remember turning on Shuffle or Repeat, check Now Playing to see if the  Shuffle or  Repeat buttons have changed color.

Shuffle songs

Play an album, playlist, or set of songs, then open the Now Playing screen and scroll up.

Tap  Shuffle to turn on shuffle. The music plays in a random order. Tap  Shuffle again to turn off shuffle.

Repeat songs

Play an album, playlist, or song, then open the Now Playing screen and scroll up.

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

An iPhone X with Now Playing open. Shuffle is turned on.

If shuffle is on, the  Shuffle button turns pink.

 

An iPhone X with Now Playing open. Repeat is turned on.

If repeat is on, the  Repeat button turns pink.

 

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 the Move icon on your iOS device or the Move icon on your Android device to rearrange their order, or swipe left to remove a song that you want to skip. If you don't see the Move icon or the Move icon, turn off repeat.


On your Mac or PC

Top of MacBook with iTunes open.

When you play music in iTunes on a Mac or PC, you can turn on shuffle or repeat at the top of the iTunes window.

Shuffle songs

Play a playlist or album, then click the Shuffle icon to turn on shuffle. The music plays in a random order. Click the Shuffle icon again to turn off shuffle.

If shuffle is on, you'll see the Shuffle icon.

Repeat songs

Play a playlist, album, or song, then click the Repeat icon once to turn on repeat for the entire playlist, album, or single song. Click the Repeat icon again to turn on repeat for one song in a playlist or album. Click the Repeat icon a third time to clear the repeat.

If repeat is on, you’ll see the Repeat icon or the Repeat icon.

More options

From the top of the iTunes window, you also can rewind, pause, or fast forward a song, control the song's volume, view lyrics1, share a song, use AirPlay to stream the song, and more.


On your Apple Watch

When you play music in the Music app on your Apple Watch Series 3 or later, you can control it from the Music app. You'll need AirPods or Bluetooth headphones to listen to music through your Apple Watch.

 

Shuffle songs

Use the Dock to open the Music app, then choose a playlist or album to play. From the play screen, tap the List icon.

Tap the Shuffle icon to turn on shuffle. The music plays in a random order. Tap the Shuffle icon again to turn off shuffle.

 

Repeat songs

Use the Dock to open the Music app, then choose a playlist or album to play. From the play screen, tap the List icon.

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

 

If shuffle is on, you'll see the Shuffle icon.

 

If repeat is on, you'll see the Repeat icon or the Repeat icon.

 

More options

When playing music, twist the Digital Crown to control the song's volume.


Learn more

 

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

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