How to Sort Music in an iPhone

Techwalla may earn compensation through affiliate links in this story.
Swipe a finger up or down the screen to scroll through your music.

The built-in Music app is the iPhone's default player for songs you've synced to your iPhone or stored in your iCloud account. When you browse your music collection, the app offers several sorting options to help you quickly find the tunes you're looking for.


Step 1

The Music icon is labeled with a double whole note.

Tap the Music app to open the iPhone's music player.


Video of the Day

Step 2

The Artists icon is labeled with the silhouette of a singer and microphone.

Tap "Artists" on the bottom row of the Music app to view your music sorted alphabetically by artist.


Step 3

The largest iPhone can hold almost 64GB of music.

Touch "Songs" to view individual songs sorted alphabetically.


Step 4

Not all songs will have labels for all potential sorting options.

Tap "More" to see additional sorting options. Touch "Albums" to sort your music by album; "Genres" to sort by genre; "Compilations" to sort by compilation name; or "Composers" to sort by the composer's name.


Step 5

Customizing your sorting options is a simple drag-and-drop process.

Tap "Edit" in the upper right corner of the More menu to add new sorting options to the main Music menu. Hold your finger on the sorting option you wish to add to the menu and drag it over the menu item you wish to replace, then release and tap "Done." For example, you can replace "Radio" with "Albums," if you find that you use the Album sorting feature more frequently than the Radio feature.


To manually change the order in which songs play, create a playlist containing only the songs you want. By default, songs play in the order you've selected, unless you select the shuffle option.


Music stored in iCloud displays a cloud icon next to the song title or beneath the album title; these items are only visible when your device is connected to the Internet.