Daily Tip: How to stop your iPhone from switching tracks when you dance

Dancing while holding your iPhone and wondering how to stop it from switching tracks every time you shake your groove thing? It might sound silly, but we've been asked about this several times so we figured we better write it up once and for all. Luckily, it's easy to prevent your popping from locking up, just follow on after the break!

We've already gone over how Apple implemented Shake to Undo for text editing in iOS, but they've also implemented Shake to Shuffle for the iPod (or Music) app as well. If it's switched on, any significantly large movement will cause your current song to stop and a random new song to start playing. While you can use this to good effect if you mean to, if you're not aware of it it can drive you crazy.

Here's where you find the switch:

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Scroll down and tap iPod (or Music on an iPod touch)

  1. Toggle Shake to Shuffle off

There you go, no more unintentional harshening of your dance mellow! And if you decide one day you do want to shake up to shuffle up, just repeat the process and toggle it back on.

If you have any other iPod/Music tips to share, drop them in the comments!

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Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.