How to Use Up Next in the iOS 10 Music App

Whenever you play anything in the iOS Music app – or in iTunes – the Up Next queue contains that track, plus what follows. Up Next can be confusing; you may want to listen to an album, then find that another album, and another, are in the queue. So it’s useful to be able to clear the Up Next queue.

Using Up Next in the iOS 10 Music app is a bit different from before. To access the Up Next queue, you no longer tap the … button, but you swipe up from the Now Playing controller. First, you need to expand that controller. In the screenshot below, it’s the line at the bottom, above the labeled buttons. To expand it, tap it, but not on the play/pause or next buttons. It expands to fill the screen.

Play music

To view the Up Next queue, swipe the Now Playing screen upward. You’ll see this mid-swipe:

Up next

Keep swiping up and you’ll be able to view the Up Next queue. If you tap and drag one of the handles at the right, you can move tracks around, and if you swipe to the left, very carefully, you can remove tracks.

(In the first version of this article, I said that it was impossible to delete tracks from the Up Next queue. A Twitter follower showed me a screenshot, and I found that you can indeed swipe to delete tracks, but you have to swipe very deliberately. It seems as though any vertical movement prevents the track from showing the Remove button. The swiping necessary here is very different from other apps, such as Mail. This might need to be fine-tuned.)

There is, however, no way to clear the Up Next queue, which is a mistake. I often want to do this, to start over, or to add a few albums or a playlist to the queue.

It’s also worth noting that there’s no way to view your play history in the iOS Music app. This was related to Up Next, and still is in iTunes on the desktop.

Want to know more about the iOS 10 Music app? Check out these articles:

And learn What’s New in iTunes 12.5.