How to stop iPhone Spotify music from shuffling

(Note: Using free version of Spotify mobile? Scroll to the bottom of the post.)

Sometimes, I hate shuffling songs. It happend to me when I was using iTunes on iPhone couple of years back, and drove me crazy. And it is happening to me again. This time, Spotify on iPhone. It is driving me absolutely nuts. There is something about knowing what the next song is going to be. I feel in control. Especially when you are listening to my own Playlist. Hey, I went though the trouble of creating my list, can I at least have it play in the order that I put it on the list?

And there it is. Clearly an UI issue. I am not the only one. It only happens on Spotify on iPhone, not the PC version. Don’t get me wrong, I love Spotify.

Problem is lack of shuffle mode display. Once you are in your playlist, and click on “Shuffle Play” button, which is in the center of the screen, you are in shuffle mode. Clicking on the song name does nothing. You are doomed. There is nothing you can do from that screen. You will not know what the next song is going to be. So the “Shuffle Play” button only enables the shuffle mode, but does not disable the shuffle mode.

Here is what you do to fix it. You can either click on tiny “Now Playing” button on right top corner, or click on a song name to start playing a song. Then, from *that* screen, tap on the album cover. You will see something like this:

Shuffle mode in Spotify

Figure 1: See the green twisted arrows? You are in "Shuffle Songs" mode.

Non-shuffle

Figure 2: No longer shuffling songs!

See the “Shuffle” on the left bottom? If that is green, that means you are in shuffle mode. So click on it and make it gray/balck-white-gradient and you are no longer in the shuffle mode. That is it. Actually very similar to the iPhone “Music” app problem.

[UPDATE Dec 15, 2013] This post was written two years ago, when spotify was only available to premium subscribers. Now that they have opened the mobile app up for free users, it is little different.

Here is the snip from AP report (emphasis added):

Music service Spotify has launched a new free streaming service for mobile devices.

The Swedish-based company announced Wednesday that it will allow users to stream playlists for free as long as the songs are shuffled randomly. It’s a step closer to picking songs and albums on demand, a feature Spotify continues to reserve for premium members who pay $10 a month.

Users can play an artist’s entire catalog or their own playlists in shuffle mode. Free users won’t be able to shuffle play a single album without hearing other songs mixed in. Playlists that have too few songs will also have other songs mixed in. The free service launched Wednesday and includes ads.

So, if you are using free version, the answer is that you can not turn off shuffle unless you subscribe. Hope this clears some of the answers in the comments below.

46 Responses to “How to stop iPhone Spotify music from shuffling”

  1. Wow, wonderful! Thx alot, I’ve been annoyed by it for sooo long, but not got around to google it until now. The Spotify app is a mess – e.g. where is the play queue?!

  2. Finally!!!!!! I was going crazy trying to figure it out. Thanks a lot man.

  3. Shuffle Trouble

    THANK YOU for being smarter than the rest of us :) You have helped to maintain my sanity! Cheers!

  4. Thank you SO MUCH!!! I can’t believe it was that simple, yet so hard to figure out! The constant shuffling was driving me crazy. You made my day!

  5. Can’t express how glad I was to find this upon googling this beyond vexing problem. THANK YOU for posting!

  6. THANK YOU!!! Bout ready to throw my phone out of the window for non stop shuffle!

  7. Thanks!! This problem have been bathering me a long time. Sometimes when you ad a new album to your playlist its nice to listen throug the hole album in the right order just like the artist ment i to be.

    I love spotify but nowbody is perfect!

  8. Thank you!!! I love spotify, but was avoiding using it for some albums. Thanks for the clear easy to follow instructions. Now spotify and I can continue are happy lives together.

  9. Well done, you made my week. I love listening to albums from the 60s and 70s in the original conceptual order the artist designed . Finally I can do this

  10. Another thanks, not sure why they hide the suffle button there, but it’s been driving me nuts!!!!

  11. Thank you so much for this. I have been cursing Spotify to the inner circle of Hell for months and hwas about to give up and look for something else. I have one very precious playlist imported from CD (via iTunes?), so it doesn’t show any album under the “now playing” options. But I realised now that the shuffle option goes across all playlists.

  12. This is clearly a case of very UI design. It was driving me coocoo, and I never actually found time to solve this (be it in the bus, the gym, on the go) amazing, thanks for this

  13. Wow. I hated not being able to get out of this random play bs from spotify from the same shuffle button. Thanks for clarifying!

  14. THANK YOU!!!! I visited Spotify’s own help site, but nothing on this problem. I have had it for months! So I hope you understand how grateful I am to you! Thank yoooooooou! <3

  15. What can be done if the “shuffle” toggle option does not appear at the bottom of the “i” screen? My husband’s Spotify on iPhone is literally stuck on perminant shuffle and there looks to be no option to cut it off.

  16. You seriously have to subscribe and upgrade in order to stop shuffling? You’ve been charging me monthly yet I must pay MORE to stop thusaddening shuffling I never asked for?

  17. OMG…. Thank You…Thank You…Thank You!!! I wa about to pull-up hair out???? YOU ROCK And thanks for letting me keep my hair????

  18. OMG! Thank you so much.. I’ve been trying to figure out how to unshuffle the songs for a week now. You’re link is a great help. I didn’t imagine it was that simple.

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