How to Turn Off Music Auto-Shuffle in iOS 10

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My iPhone has been auto-shuffling my albums since I updated to iOS 10. It was driving me nuts. While I shuffle playlists like my 5-Stars playlist all the time, if I’m listening to an album, I want to hear it in the order the artist released it. Your mileage may vary, but if you came looking for this article, you’re probably in my camp.

In any event, the issue was that albums were being auto-shuffled—that is shuffled without me tapping the Shuffle All control in the screenshot below. And it started when I upgraded to iOS 10 because iOS 10 and macOS Sierra both like to change random settings.

Music App in iOS 10 - View Album

Album View in Music App in iOS 10.1.1

Fixing Music App’s Auto-Shuffle in iOS 10.x

I checked the Settings > Music, but there was nothing about “Shuffle my music whether or not I tell you to.” Listen, this has been going on for weeks, and I was getting cranky. Fortunately, I finally checked the Now Playing sheet, the one you get when you swipe up on the Now Playing drawer.

 

Music App in iOS 10.1.1 - Now Playing

Now Playing Drawer in Music App in iOS 10.1.1

Wait, not that one. Because the control we need is hidden one layer deeper. You want to swipe up on the sheet above to expose the Up Next sheet, as shown below.

Music App in iOS 10.1.1 - Up Next Sheet

Up Next Sheet in Music App in iOS 10.1.1 – With Shuffle On

See how the little shuffle icon is selected? That is, it has the fugly-red box around it? That’s your “Shuffle all the time” control. To turn it off, just tap it, and it will look like the screenshot below.

Music App in iOS 10.1.1 - Up Next Sheet with Shuffle Off

Up Next Sheet in Music App in iOS 10.1.1 with Shuffle “Off”

Now, if you’re the other type of person, the one who wants everything shuffled all the time without you having to tap “Shuffle All,” you’ll want to turn this on or leave it on.

8 Comments Add a comment

  1. I made a mistake by accepted the terrible ios 10.1 update for my iPhone; I have turned the shuffle off multiple times but it keeps turning back on after a few days. Do you know of a way to keep my music from shuffling or do I have to keep turning it off?
    This is not the only issue I have had with this new update; next I have to find out why my texts do not always get sent no matter where I am; it was not an issue before this update.

    Thank you for your time.
    Sincerely, BettyB

  2. Bryan Chaffin

    BettyB, I haven’t heard of Shuffle turning back on after being turned off. Your iMessage problem *might* be solved by signing out of iCloud and signing back in. That said, it sounds like you might be better off by backing up your device, resetting it, and then restoring from that backup. A trip to an Apple Store might help, too. If you aren’t comfy with any aspect of that, please get some help with it. Lastly, if your device still has AppleCare, absolutely take advantage of it and call them.

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