In short: To clear the Apple Music queue on an iPhone, select another song to listen to, or use the Shortcuts app to create a shortcut using the action “Clear Up Next”.
Unlike Spotify, clearing the queue on Apple Music isn’t as straightforward. In this article, you’ll learn how to clear the Apple Music queue on iPhone and on the web.
How many songs can you queue on Apple Music?
While there’s no official statement from Apple on how many songs you can queue on Apple Music, you can queue hundreds of songs, so don’t worry about overloading it.
How to clear the Apple Music queue on the web
The list of queued songs on Apple Music is listed on the Up Next window. To see the Apple Music queue on the web, tap on the Up Next button (the icon with three bulleted lists).
A song needs to be playing before you can use the Up Next queue.
To clear the Apple Music queue on the web, tap on the Up Next button (the icon with three bulleted lists), then tap on the Clear button next to the Autoplay icon.
After you’ve cleared the Apple Music queue, simply tap on the Up Next button again to close the queue. Congratulations, you’ve cleared the Apple Music queue on the web.
How to clear the Apple Music queue on iPhone
Unfortunately, you cannot clear the Apple Music queue on an iPhone. The feature (clear the Up Next queue) exists in the web player but not on iOS for some reason.
The only way you can clear the queue of Apple Music on your iPhone is by selecting another song to listen to, which will remove all of the songs currently in your queue.
If you play music that’s not in your queue, you’ll see an option to clear your music queue. If you choose Clear, then the music in your queue is replaced with the music you’ve selected to play.
You can always remove some songs from the queue, but you’ll have to do it one by one. To remove a song from the queue, swipe left over the song, then tap Remove.
Alternatively, you can use the Shortcuts app to clear the queue.
To clear the Apple Music queue on an iPhone, use the Clear Apple Music Queue Shortcut. Just access it by going to the “share song” option and then click on the clear queue shortcut.
I use that Shortcut to not only clear the queue but also build my Smart Playlists in Shortcuts and add “clear queue” at the beginning of every Smart Playlist Shortcut. Works flawlessly.
Another trick is to make a shortcut using the action Clear Up Next.
Set it to be available in the Share Sheet. This will let you clear the queue from the share sheet or you can tell Siri to do it. If you’d rather say “clear queue”, name your shortcut that instead.
Shortcuts is a visual scripting application that provides iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS users with a quick way to get things done with their apps, with just a tap or by asking Siri.