How to Shuffle Only Your Music in the iOS 10 Music App

I like to shuffle my music library on my iPhone. I used to go to Songs, then tap Shuffle Songs. But in iOS 10, I was surprised. It didn’t play my music; at least not just my music. It played music from Apple Music.

It seems that if you have an Apple Music subscription, and you have Apple Music turned on on your device, then “Songs” includes your entire Apple Music library, even if you don’t have iCloud Music Library on. And shuffling songs pulls music from the cloud rather than from your library. Even if you don’t have an Apple Music subscription, shuffling songs in this way will also access purchased music in the cloud.

To only shuffle your own music, tap Downloaded Music. This is the music you have synced to your iOS device, excluding purchases or Apple Music tracks.

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Tap Songs, and the Music app informs you that it’s only showing music on the device. Tap Shuffle Songs to shuffle the music on the device:

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This is a bit confusing, especially because the term “Downloaded Music” suggests that it is only music that you have downloaded, not synced. Perhaps Local Music might be more correct.

In any case, if you only want to shuffle music on your device, you have to use an extra step to do so.

Want to know more about the iOS 10 Music app? Check out these articles:

And learn What’s New in iTunes 12.5.

3 thoughts on “How to Shuffle Only Your Music in the iOS 10 Music App

  1. I only have synced and purchased music, so there is no difference for me to shuffle in “downloaded music” or in “songs”, “albums” etc.
    I don’t have AM and may choose not to have one.
    However Apple forces every single user to see full AM interface even though they choose to opt out “showing Apple music”, as this switch will turn on silently just a few days after you turn it off.

  2. The situation with music-shuffle is far, far worse than you portrayed. If you try to control the Music app with Siri — like when you’re in a car and don’t want to kill yourself and all of your passengers — then you can’t limit it to playing only “downloaded” music. And the Music app seems to ignore the setting telling it not to use cellular data. The result is that unless you sign out from the App Store in the App Store app or Settings app, asking Siri to play your music will just about always result in streaming music from previous iTunes Store purchases instead of playing from your local library and it will eat up your cellular data, potentially costing you a fortune.

    …At least that’s been my experience.

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