Manage songs playing next in Apple Music

When listening to an album, or playlist in Apple Music, the app will automatically play the next song in that album or playlist queue. But what if you want to rearrange the order the songs are being played to your liking? Or what if you want to add other songs in between the upcoming songs in the queue?

In this post we will show you how to manage your Apple Music queue by adding, rearranging or deleting songs in the queue.

How to view songs playing next in the queue

First things first, we need to learn how to view the songs playing next in the queue. Most Apple Music users probably already know this, but others might learn something new here. Besides, this is the basis of what’s to come, so whether you already know it or not, we have to explain it to make sure this tutorial is as comprehensive as possible.

When playing an album or playlist, go to the main music card view, and swipe up, and swipe up on the screen. It will reveal the queue of songs.

View songs playing next in Apple Music

Unless you selected to play songs in shuffle, the queue will follow the same order as set in the album or playlist.

How to rearrange songs playing next in the queue

Now that we’ve seen how to view the upcoming songs, we can easily rearrange these songs to play in the order we want them to.

To do so, simply tap and hold your finger on the grabber tot he right of the song title, then drag your finger up or down to drop the song wherever you want it in the queue.

Rearrange songs in your Apple Music queue

For example, if we want that Beatles song to play next, we will drag it up all the way to the top of the queue. We can obviously place any song wherever we want inside the queue using the same gesture.

How to add songs to play next in the queue

You’re not limited to only moving songs around the queue. You can also add songs to the queue. As a matter of fact, you can add individual songs, full albums, or entire playlists to play next in the queue. You even get to choose whether you want to add these songs to play next directly after the currently playing song, or if you want to add them to the bottom of the queue. We’ll have a look at both options.

First, you need to identify what song, album, or playlist you want to add to the queue. For the purpose of this tutorial, we will add one album to our queue.

Once you have figured out what song/album/playlist you want to add, tap the red ellipsis icon, then select Play Next, or Play Later.

Add songs to your Apple Music queue

Play Next will play the song or songs added directly after what is currently being played.

Play Later will add the songs to the bottom of the queue.

Note that the order of the songs on the album or playlist will be preserved when adding them to the queue.

Pro tip to add songs faster: if you have an iPhone with 3D Touch, you can add songs, albums, or playlists even faster by pressing firmly on a song/album/playlist and revealing the menu to add songs to your queue.

How to remove songs from the queue in Apple Music

Now that we’ve seen how to view, add, and rearrange songs in your Apple Music queue, let’s see how to remove songs from it.

All you need to do is to have a look at the queue and swipe your finger from right to left on each song you want to remove.

Remove songs from the Apple Music queue

Unfortunately, you can only remove songs one by one, so you will have to repeat the process as many times as the amount of songs you want to remove from the queue.

This should cover all the possible options to manage the queue of songs in the Apple Music app. If you have questions or comments about this, please leave us a comment below.

On the same topic, we have a tutorial on how to repeat songs, albums, and playlists in Apple Music which might be of interest to you.

  • edwilk55

    And yet, Apple still won’t give us the most basic function…play newest first! Only reason I’ve never dropped Spotify for Apple. If I add songs to a playlist, why would anyone with any common sense think I don’t want to hear what I’ve added recently first.

    And no, recently added isn’t an acceptable answer. I have multiple play list for moods, etc. I want to here the most recently added to each every time.

    • jrzapata

      Lame fix for this, but you can use iTunes (computer) and sort your playlist by date added. I hate it that this cannot be done from the phone

      • edwilk55

        That would work I’m sure, but I’m just willing to spend my money for Apple Music when Spotify allows me to do it natively. I want to support my Apple, but not if they aren’t willing to spend 15 min’s and code in this simple of a request. Thanks for the suggestion though.

      • jrzapata

        Sometimes it feels like the music app on the phone is an afterthought. there has not been many improvements to it since the very beginning.

      • edwilk55

        Agreed. I always thought, it’s new. This is Apple. They’ll get it right in a few updates. Nope!

  • Vinnie Bones

    Orrrrrrr you can just use Spotify as a superior option??

  • czbird

    So again Apple failed on removing whole album