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.
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.
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.
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.
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.