How to play and control music using Siri

Complete guide to Siri controls for playing songs, artists, albums, genres, and enjoying your music

Siri can help you access your music more easily than ever. With Siri you can play tracks, albums, and entires genres without ever having to open your Music app. If you're in the car, Siri also makes for a safe way to keep your tunes going while keeping your hands on the wheel.

How to play a specific song with Siri

  1. Press and hold down the Home button to activate Siri.
  2. Tell Siri to play a specific song title. For example: "Play Pumped up Kicks"
  3. Siri will begin playing the song in the background.

If you don't specify an artist and there is more than one song with the same title, Siri will ask you which one you meant.

How to play a specific artist or album with Siri

  1. Press and hold down the Home button to activate Siri
  2. Tell Siri to play the specific artist or album you want. For example, "Play music by Foster the People" or "Play the album Nothing but the Beat by David Guetta."
  3. Siri will begin playing the album or artist in the background.

How to play a specific genre with Siri

  1. Press and hold down the Home button to activate Siri.
  2. Tell Siri to play the specific genre of music you want to listen to. For example. "Play some dance music".
  3. Siri will begin playing the genre in the background.

How to play a specific playlist with Siri

  1. Press and hold down the Home button to activate Siri.
  2. Tell Siri the name of the playlist you want to play. For example, "Play my Road Trip playlist".
  3. Siri will begin playing the playlist in the background.

How to shuffle music with Siri

  1. Press and hold down the Home button to activate Siri.
  2. Tell Siri what you want to play -- a playlist, album, or music by a certain artist -- and tell it that you want to shuffle. For example: Play music by Foster the People on shuffle.
  3. If you're already playing a certain genre, album, or artist you can just tell Siri you want to shuffle by saying: "Shuffle".

How to pause, play, stop, and skip tracks with Siri

  1. Press and hold down the Home button to activate Siri.
  2. If you've got music already playing you can control the current track's playback by telling Siri what you want to do. For example: "Pause music" or "skip track".
  3. If you've stopped your music and would like to continue were you last left off you can tell Siri:"Resume playing."

How to get more help with Siri

How to play and control music using Siri

If you still need help with setting up or using Siri with your iPhone music, or any other Siri feature, head on over to our Siri Forum and ask away!

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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There are 4 comments. Add yours.

ernbrdn says:

Don't forget to mention that you can ask Siri to start genius if you want to hear more like songs to the one your listening to. Also if there is a song playing that you happened to not know the name of or the artist just ask siri she will tell you. Now if they would just allow you to rate your music with siri that would pretty much have everything music related in the bag.

alfon_sico says:

Which is the sense of telling Siri "stop/play" the music or "skip track" if I need to push home button during 3 seconds, tell her the order, wait till she ask to the server and acting stopping or skipping the song if I can do it directly with earphones buttons or pushing twice home button and selecting in lockscreen?

soundsgoodtome says:

You write:

"If you don't specify an artist and there is more than one song with the same title, Siri will ask you which one you meant."

...However, I don't find that to be the case at all:

If I *don't* specify an artist, Siri just picks one -- apparently the version by the first artist, alphabetically -- and starts playing it. If I *do* specify both song and artist, Siri says she can't find what I specified.

This is on both an iPhone 5 and an iPad 3, running iOS 6.0.2.

norwayrichard says:

I want to ask Siri to STOP SHUFFLING. Does anybody know how? If she is playing some mixed songs and suddenly a song from an album I like comes on, and I want her to play the rest of the songs from that album, I want her to stop shuffling and play the songs in order. (I don't know the names of most of my albums or I would simply ask her to play the album by name.)