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Apple Music Skipping Songs: 6 Causes and How to Fix Them

As an Apple Music user, I’ve been frustrated by the issue of songs randomly skipping while playing. After doing some research and testing, I’m here to share how I solved the problem and some other solutions I discovered. In this blog post, I’ll explain the six most common causes of Apple Music skipping songs and how to fix them. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to enjoy your music without any skipped songs. So let’s dive in and see what we can do to make your music streaming experience the best it can be!

For starters, you should know that there are two types of skipping. The first is when only parts of a song skip. The second type is when an entire song on your playlist skips, and the next one starts playing right away.


  • There are two types of skipping – when only parts of a song skip and when an entire song on your playlist skips.
  • Outdated software or firmware is a common cause of Apple Music skipping songs. Be sure to keep your phone’s software up-to-date.
  • Internet connectivity issues can also lead to Apple Music skipping songs. Try turning on your flight mode and then off again or testing out another WiFi network.
  • Cached data can lead to unnecessary residue, weighing the phone down. To delete Apple Music’s cached data, go to “Settings” and click “Reset All Settings”.
  • Music files can become corrupt, leading to skipping songs. If that’s the case, look for another version of the song and see if the problem is resolved.
  • Speaker connectivity issues can also cause Apple Music to skip songs. Try disconnecting and reconnecting the Bluetooth device or connecting to another Bluetooth device.
  • If all else fails, try uninstalling the application and then reinstalling it again.

1. Outdated Software or Firmware

With all the updates that Apple releases, some apps are bound to run into issues here and there. Apple Music is a prime example of this.

If your phone’s software isn’t up-to-date with the most recent version installed, do it now. That’s not just for fixing bugs with your Apple Music, but pretty much all your other apps as well.

  1. Go to the “Settings” icon and press “General.”
  2. You’ll first see “About” followed by “Software Update” right below it.
  3. Next, click “Software Update” and let the app look for available updates.
  4. If there are any, click “Install” and let the phone do its thing, then check if Apple Music is back to its usual self.

2. Internet Connectivity Issues

A highly plausible reason your songs are skipping, whether partially or entirely, is that your internet connection isn’t stable.

To find out whether the problem is Internet-related, play songs already downloaded on your device. If they still skip, then it’s not an issue of connectivity.

If that doesn’t help you pinpoint the issue, you might want to try testing out a couple of other alternatives, such as:

  • First, turn on your flight mode and then off again.
  • If you’re using cellular data, take your SIM card out and reinsert it.
  • Next, insert another SIM card and test to make sure if the issue is the cellular data connectivity from your carrier or not.
  • Finally, connect to another WiFi network.

3. Congested Caches

Our devices always contain hidden, or cached, data to retrieve information faster for us. However, too much cached data can lead to unnecessary residue, weighing our phones with extra information. That’s the exact opposite of what cached data is supposed to do.

To delete Apple Music’s cached data, go to “Settings.” Next, swipe down and browse the list of apps until you find Apple Music and press it.

Then, click on “Reset All Setting” or, more ideally, “Erase All Data and Settings.”

Bear in mind that the latter option might remove your downloaded songs. So, you might only want to try it if you’ve exhausted all your other options.

Read more: Why does Apple Music play random songs?

4. Music Files Are Corrupt

If it’s only a song or two that are skipping, it could be a problem with that particular file. Try playing something else by the same artist or from the same album.

Keep in mind that if the others don’t skip, it’s more likely an issue with the specific files. In that case, look for another version of the song and see if the problem is resolved.

5. Speaker Connectivity Issues

If you’re playing your songs over speakers or through earphones, there’s a high possibility that they’re skipping due to an issue with Bluetooth connectivity.

In this case, try disconnecting and reconnecting the Bluetooth device. Alternatively, you can try connecting to another Bluetooth device to check whether the issue is with the device or your phone’s Bluetooth connection.

Also, if you’re using a wired device, make sure that the issue isn’t with the wiring or the hardware itself. A good idea is to try Bluetooth if you’re using a wired device and vice versa.

6. An Issue with the Application

When you’ve run out of options and possibilities of why the songs are skipping, you might want to see if the application itself is facing issues.

At this point, you might want to try uninstalling the application and then reinstalling it again. This seems like a simple fix, but sometimes that’s all it takes to end the problem of the Apple Music app skipping songs.

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Final Words

We all like listening to music while working out, doing chores, or running errands. So, when the music player starts to act up, it can ruin the entire mood.

At the end of the day, Apple Music skipping songs isn’t a reason to panic. Even though it’s a common complaint with many Apple users, the good news is that there are several ways to fix it.

This handy guide can help you figure out the problem and fix it. Simply follow the guide step-by-step until you tackle the issue. Then, if all fails, try contacting Apple Care, and they’ll help you find a way to fix the problem.