For some people, the setting to enable or disable Shuffle mode on the Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch is one of the harder settings to find. I know some people who have owned their device for months and still don’t know how to shuffle the music. Some may even tell you that the setting doesn’t even exist on the device. The setting does exist though. Just follow these steps.
1. While a song is playing, navigate to the Now Playing screen.
2. Tap the album cover.
3. Tap the crossing arrows to enable or disable Shuffle. If the arrows are blue in color, Shuffle is enabled and songs in the current playlist will each be played once in random order. You can tap the arrows again to disable it.
You’ll also have an icon on the middle of the screen that will activate the Genius features on the device. To the left is the repeat icon. Tap it to repeat the current playlist. Tap it again and a number 1 will appear next to it and the device will repeat the current song. You can also drag the ball on the song timeline to skip forward or backward on the current track. This feature comes in handy if you’re listening to an audio book or a long compilation.
Another spot where you can access the Shuffle option is at the top of any playlist.
There’s one more Shuffle related setting you may want to know about called “Shake to Shuffle”. This setting will shuffle your music if you shake the device while a song is playing. Some users don’t learn about this feature and only discover it when they are walking or jogging and find that their music is being automatically shuffled. You can access this setting by going to Settings > Music and changing Shake to Shuffle to On or Off.
I think we’ve covered all of the Shuffle features on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.Last modified March 22, 2012