Where the Heck is the Shuffle Button in the iOS 10 Music App?
With iOS 10, Apple gave its Music app a major overhaul in terms of both design and functionality. While tasks like navigating Apple Music and managing playlists are arguably improved, some of the design changes can make using the app quite confusing, at least at first.
One specific example of where Apple’s changes to the Music app are a bit baffling is the shuffle button. When browsing your Music library or the Apple Music catalog, the shuffle button appears as it should in the Album or Playlist views:
But if the user opens the “Now Playing” interface, the shuffle button is seemingly nowhere to be found. It’s not inside the pop-up menu in the lower-right corner (the three dots), it’s not available in Control Center, and it’s not available by using 3D Touch on the playback controls. It just seems to not be there at all.
But wait! Apple didn’t remove the shuffle button from the Now Playing interface. They simply hid it where few would think to look based on past versions of iOS. To find the shuffle button in the iOS 10 Music app, you need to swipe up on the Now Playing screen.
This reveals the new “Up Next” list, but you’ll also find the shuffle and repeat buttons tucked away on the right. It’s a safe bet that most iOS 10 users would eventually discover this “hidden” menu, by accident or otherwise, but it’s a bit odd for Apple to place such a useful button out of sight and with no clear indication of how to find it.