How to Shuffle Music by Genre in iOS 7 Music App (iPhone & iPod Touch)

Being able to shuffle the playback based on the genre is one feature blatantly missing in iOS 7’s Music app. While it’s not a particularly important feature that a lot of people look for, some of us like our days to start in a particular genre.

The basic principle comes from the fact that the genre-based playlists are gone or at least, hidden beneath the search layer that it’s not instantly visible or accessible. Here’s how to work around this and get your genre-based playlist for shuffling out of a genre.

How to Shuffle Music by Genre in iOS 7 Music App on iPhone & iPod Touch

Step #1. Open the Music app

Step #2. Swipe downwards to get to the search field.

Step #3. Type the name of the genre you want to pick. Then, tap on the genre from the results.

Step #4. What you get is a list of all the songs (arranged by Album) under the genre.

Now, all you do is play a song. With the shuffle mode ON, the Music app will shuffle through this list of songs that are listed (which is under a genre).

As you can see, this is a workaround and not exactly a clean solution. If you don’t have a lot of genres, you could do Smart Playlists but that would be time-consuming if you had a lot of genres.

Also, for people who are used to picking genres easily in previous iOS version, any other solution would only be a long-hand, time-consuming one.

There have been a bunch of internal changes besides the tons of cosmetic ones in iOS 7’s Music app. Needless to say, some of these changes have been so vast that it takes some time to figure out how to do the same things that were easy on iOS 6.

You might also want to check out some of our posts on features and troubleshooting in Music app:

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is our editor-in-chief and reviewer who takes care of He is passionate for wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.


  1. Doing this with reggae as genre, it only picked albums or songs with the word reggae in the title, didn’t pick it as genre. And only played one song. dam.
    Found another solution….made a playlist of just reggae songs, connected iPhone to computer, dragged that playlist into the phone icon. Seems to shuffle all within the playlist. There is a double box album/playlist at the top when I hit the 3 lines at the top right, I hit playlist. But when I checked a few songs later, it is still highlighting album, so we’ll see. And I have group by album artist turned off. I have a iPhone 4 with the latest os7.1.2


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