How to Exclude Songs from Shuffle in Apple Music

Going to your library of songs in Apple Music and hitting Shuffle can be a freeing experience when you don't want to limit yourself to one album, artist, or playlist, but few things ruin a mood quite like an unexpected Christmas song popping up on your playlist. So what do you do when you want to shuffle almost all of you songs but want to leave a couple options out? Here is how to exclude a song from Shuffle on your iPhone or iPad.

How to Exclude Songs from Shuffle on the iPhone

You'll need to open up Music on your  Mac or iTunes on your PC or older Mac to do this. On your computer:

  1. Open Music.
  2. Find the song you wish to exclude.
  3. Right click on the three dots to the right of the download or plus icon.
  4. Click Get Info.

  5. Click the tab that says Options.

  6. Find the box that says Skip when shuffling and click it so you see a check mark.
  7. Click OK.

Now you can hit Shuffle in your Apple music song library in peace, without worrying about "Deck the Halls" interrupting your summer vibe. No more need to skip songs while shuffling, just take out what doesn't belong and enjoy your library! For more great tutorials on Apple products, check out our free Tip of the Day.

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Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.