Fast-Forward, Rewind, and Scrub Songs in the iPhone Music Player

Aug 13, 2012 - 6 Comments

Fast Forward or Rewind Music Easily from iOS

Any song playing from the iOS Music app can be fast-forwarded, rewound, or scrubbed easily, and in the case of rewinding or fast forwarding, you can do both right from the lock screen of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch too.

Fast-Forward in a Song

From the Music app or the lock screen Music player:

  • Tap and hold on the Forward button, the longer you hold the quicker you fast forward

This is useful if you want to skip through a lengthy intro of a song or a boring part of a podcast and didn’t trim the mp3 beforehand.

Fast forward or rewind music right from the lock screen in iOS

Rewind a Song

From Music app or the iOS lock screen Music player:

  • Tap and hold on Back button, holding longer increases the speed of rewinding

Was your significant other talking through the most interesting part of a podcast or the best part of a song? No biggie, just rewind and hear it again.

Scrub Music & Jump to Points in a Song

From the Music app only:

  • Tap the album art to show the song timeline
  • Tap within the timeline or drag the slider to scrub audio and jump to points in the song

The timeline is what I find to be most useful since you can jump to any point in a song, or use it to fast forward and rewind. The downside is the timeline won’t appear on the lock screen music player.

Show the song timeline and scrub music in iOS

There are occasional issues with scrubbing and moving about in songs streamed over iTunes Home Sharing, though having a strong network connection tends to mitigate that.

Enjoy your tunes.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. SJobs says:

    This is like driving a car with Captain Hook arms. I’m just trying to simply rewind, the way I used to do in windows and android phones! I know this is a lot to ask of apple engineers, when their mind is occupied with more important things, like monopolizing the market instead of thinking of the consumer. Truly a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

  2. Steve221 says:

    How can i get the same two +15 or -15 second skip buttons playing standard MP3s that is available on Podcasts?

    • Chris says:

      Hi Steve,

      I came across an older post of yours (Mar., 2013) asking the same question I now have about finding an audio player with the same +15 or -15 second skip buttons that are available on the iOS podcast player.

      I wondered if you received a reply, or if you’ve found a player with the +/- 15 seconds capability (for iphone (I have an iPhone 6 Plus on iOS 8.3))?

      Thanks much, in advance,

  3. Justin says:

    How did you get the numbers for your AT&T signal in the corner? And what do they mean?

  4. Mu Re Le says:

    Knew about scrubbing, had no idea you could fast forward or rewind though. Cool, reminds me of tape players, heh.

  5. cassiofm says:

    And if you find hard to scrub and see where you are on the slider, once you tap just slide your finger down, you stay in control of the slide bar but now you can clearly see what you are doing :)

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