Understanding the Autoplay Button in the iOS Music App

An interesting new feature in the iOS 14 Music app is the Autoplay button. Shaped like an ∞ symbol, if you tap this button, the Music app will continue to play “similar” music after your current play queue has completed.


It works a bit like Genius, which is no longer available in iOS, in that it creates a playlist of music based on what was in your play queue, whether it’s an album, playlist, or just a single song. Or its similar to creating an Apple Music radio station based on some music.

Many people are discovering this accidently, when they get to the end of a music selection and find that music continues. There’s a clear message showing when the Autoplay feature kicks in, so if you look at the Music app you’ll see what’s happening.

My first discovery of this was unexpected. I had accidentally tapped the button, and, at the end of some ambient album, some fairly loud music came on. I don’t recall what it was, and it could have been “similar,” in the same way that Fat Lady of Limbourg is similar to This River, above.

You can edit the play queue, as you can with your up next queue at any time, moving, deleting, or adding tracks. It’s a good way to play music for a long time without choosing what to listen to.