Tip: Disable “Shake to Shuffle” in iPhone OS 3.0

After picking up my iPhone 3GS on Friday morning, I was listening to some music on the way home from work. I keep my iPhone (or iPod) in the car’s cupholder when it is plugged into the stereo. At some point I had to slam on brakes and suddenly heard a funny beeping noise, and something happened to the music. At first I was a little worried that something was wrong with my new iPhone, but I quickly remembered one of the new “features” of iPhone OS 3.0 – Shake to Shuffle.

Seems like a cool idea. But in practice it can be quite annoying. Jogging with shake to shuffle is certainly going to provide an interesting, if not frustrating mix. Luckily Apple provided a fairly easy way to turn off the feature.

  1. From the home screen, go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down in settings and select “iPod”
  3. The top option in the iPod settings menu is “Shake to Shuffle.” Tap the slider to turn it off.


I am a software developer, photographer, musician, and new father. I plan to write some useful real life tips and tricks, along with commentary on Apple.