How to Sort Music on the iOS 10.2 Music App

When iOS 10 was released, Apple changed the way songs and albums on the Music app were sorted. Instead of being sorted by title by default, they were sorted by artist. And people needed to find the setting that could make the change to be able to sort in a more logical manner.

Apple has now released iOS 10.2, and they’ve changed the way you make this change. Thankfully, it’s a bit easier to find. If you view songs or albums in the Music app, you’ll see the word Sort at the top right of the display. Tap that to bring up a menu which lets you choose the sort option.

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This makes more sense, because the sort option for each type of music – songs and albums – is independent.

12 thoughts on “How to Sort Music on the iOS 10.2 Music App

  1. I’m desperate, how do I change the song order in a playlist? I’ve been researching for hours without luck. Information found is obsolete with each new update.

    • You can only reorder a standard (i.e. non-smart) playlist. Tap the Edit button at the top right of the screen, then drag the files using the handles at the right of each track.

      • It isn’t a smart playlist, unless I clicked a toggle by accident, I selected the songs myself. I’ve been tapping the edit button, dragging the handles but as soon as I click “done” it all reverts back to original.

  2. I’m desperate, how do I change the song order in a playlist? I’ve been researching for hours without luck. Information found is obsolete with each new update.

    • You can only reorder a standard (i.e. non-smart) playlist. Tap the Edit button at the top right of the screen, then drag the files using the handles at the right of each track.

      • It isn’t a smart playlist, unless I clicked a toggle by accident, I selected the songs myself. I’ve been tapping the edit button, dragging the handles but as soon as I click “done” it all reverts back to original.

  3. In iOS 11.2.1, I have the sort option when viewing albums by artist on my iPhone, but the sorting does not seem to be available on my iPad. Is it hidden somewhere I haven’t found?

  4. In iOS 11.2.1, I have the sort option when viewing albums by artist on my iPhone, but the sorting does not seem to be available on my iPad. Is it hidden somewhere I haven’t found?

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