The iPhone is the best way for many users to listen to music. Apple makes it easy to control your music on the iPhone, but all the shortcuts aren’t easy to find.
This guide will show iPhone owners how to control music from the iPhone lock screen and multitasking bar to quickly skip tracks or pause music. It also covers, how to create a new iTunes playlist on the iPhone without plugging into the computer and how to fast forward or rewind a track without opening up the Music app.
We’ll even show you how to recover all the iTunes songs you bought before you switched to streaming services, though we can’t improve your taste in tunes.
All control shortcuts work with apps like Pandora, Spotify and others, so you can pause and skip tracks without unlocking the iPhone.
How to Control Music from the iPhone Lock Screen
When you have music already playing or would like to start listening to some Double Tap on the home button to pull up these controls in the lock screen.
With these controls you can adjust the volume by dragging the slider left and right, start a song from the beginning with the back arrow or skip ahead in your playlist with the forward arrow, and you can also play and pause your music.
How to Control Music from the Multitasking Bar
Many of us use multitasking to quickly switch in between apps on our iPhone, but there is also a hidden shortcut for you to take handle of your music from.
Double tap on the home button from the home screen and you will see the multitasking bar as shown below.
With a swipe left to right in the multitasking bar you see this menu.
You can do the same things as you can do in the lock screen except for change the volume. But by tapping on the music icon that is placed on the right you can jump into the music application from the Multitasking bar. When playing Pandora or another music app, that app will show here.
How to Create a New Playlist on your iPhone
You can create a new playlist from your iPhone in a few simple steps.
Tap on Music.
Towards the top of the screen Click on Add Playlist.
Name the Playlist and press Save.
On the next screen you can choose which songs you would like to included into your playlist and then press Done.
How to Recover Old iTunes Music
With iTunes they allow you to recover your old purchases if you have lost them in some way.
To do this Tap on iTunes.
Then Tap Purchased.
Choose what you would like to restore.
Once you have done that choose your music, movies or tv shows that you do not have on your iPhone and download them again.
How to Fast forward and Rewind Music on the iPhone
In the music app you can fast forward to your favorite part of the song or rewind to a specific point. This can be quite handy if the song is fairly long or if you only like a certain segment of the song.
To do this Tap once on the Album art.
The bar that shows the tracks time will display. Next Tap and hold on the small circle. By moving this forward or backward you can fast forward or rewind the track.
Adjust the speed of your scrubbing.
To change how fast you are fast forwarding or rewinding Tap and hold on the small circle and then slide your finger down the screen.
The text should change from Hi-Speed Scrubbing to Half Speed Scrubbing once you see this slide back and forth across your screen just like before but now you have more control over how fast you fast forward or rewind your music.
If you keep sliding down you will see these other speeds of scrubbing as well.
So there you have it a roundup of 5 major tips and tricks to getting your iPhone’s music under control.
What are some of your favorite tips for listening to music on your iPhone?