Apple Music Tips

Use Apple Music in the Music app

With your Apple Music membership, you can access more than 30 million songs, curated radio and playlists, and music recommendations, all in the Music app.

When you join Apple Music, you get access to a whole world of music—any of our 30 million songs and all of your songs—through the Music app.

In the Library tab, you can find all of your music. The For You tab has music that’s handpicked by experts just for you, and exclusive content from your favorite artists. The Browse tab shows you all of the latest hits and curated playlists. From the Radio tab, you can listen to Beats 1, our 24/7 worldwide radio station, and Apple Music’s on-demand stations. And you can use the Search tab to find music that you want to listen to or see what other members are searching for.

If you’re not already a member of Apple Music, join today and get 3 months free.*

Apple Music features vary by country.

Library and Playlists

The Library tab makes it easy to navigate all of your music, wherever it comes from—from the iTunes Store, from a rare import CD, or from your Apple Music membership. Every time that you add a song, album, or playlist, we keep it at the top of Library in Recently Added. Tap Edit in the upper-right corner to change which view options (Playlists, Artists, Albums, Songs, Video, Genres, Compilations, Composers, and Downloaded Music) you see.

Play your music

If you want to listen to an artist’s entire collection of music that you’ve saved to your library, find the artist in Library > Artists. Tap Shuffle All  to play all of their music.

When you play a song, you see a player at the bottom of the screen. You can keep browsing other titles to find the perfect next song.

Tap or swipe up on the player at the bottom to see the Now Playing screen and controls. Tap the  at the top of the screen or swipe down to close Now Playing.

Up Next, Shuffle, and Repeat

Also on the Now Playing screen, you can rewind, pause, or fast forward a song, control the volume, read song lyrics, and more.

Swipe up on Now Playing to show your Up Next queue, which lists all of the songs that you’ve selected for playback.

Drag songs with move icon to rearrange the order, or swipe left to remove a song that you’d like to skip.

Tap shuffle icon Shuffle to shuffle the songs in a playlist or album.

Tap repeat icon Repeat once to play an entire playlist or album on repeat or twice to repeat one song. Tap repeat icon a third time to clear the repeat.

If you have repeat turned on, you might not see move icon .

Show Lyrics

Lyrics aren’t available for all songs. When lyrics are available, tap  then Lyrics to show the lyrics, or tap Show to the right of Lyrics above Up Next.

You can’t use Lyrics in Airplane Mode or when you’re not connected to the Internet. And, if you have explicit content turned off, lyrics might not be visible to you if they contain explicit words.

Learn more about Lyrics in Apple Music.

Create a playlist

You can create playlists to listen to or share with friends. From the Library tab, tap Playlists, then New Playlist. Fill in details for your playlist, such as the title and description, then add music. If you like, you can also add an image. When you’re happy with your playlist, tap Done in the upper-right corner.

If you don’t see Playlists under Library, tap Edit in the upper-right corner, then tap Playlists to turn it on. Tap Done to return to Library.

Share your music

To share a song, press and hold the song, then tap Share Song . To share an album or playlist, tap , then Share Album or Playlist . You can share music to Facebook or Twitter, send using Mail or Messages, or copy the link.

With iOS 10 or later, people you share music with in Messages can listen to or preview songs directly in the Messages app. If they have an Apple Music membership, they can play the full song. If they don’t have an Apple Music membership, they can listen to the iTunes Store preview for the item and then go to the iTunes Store to purchase it.

Listen offline

You can download songs, albums, or playlists to your device so that you can listen to them when you’re not connected to the Internet**.

Find the song, album, or playlist that you want to download, then tap Apple Music download icon. You’ll see  when the download is complete. If you don’t see Apple Music download iconadd the music to your Library, then download it to your device.

If you want to automatically download any music that you add to your library, go to Settings > Music, then scroll to the Downloads section and turn on Automatic Downloads. After you turn on Automatic Downloads, when you add music to your library, it downloads automatically to your device or computer. You’ll see  when the download is complete.

If you want to see only music that’s downloaded to your device, tap Library > Downloaded Music. A message that says “Showing only music on this [device]” appears at the top of the screen. Tap Library in the upper-left corner to see all of your music.

For You

In the For You tab, you can discover albums and playlists curated by our team of experts to match your musical tastes, updated daily. The suggestions you see in For You are influenced by:

You can also see what you’ve been playing recently, as well as posts from your favorite artists in Connect.

Connect

You can Like Connect posts, write comments to the artist, and see what other fans have to say. You can also share an artist’s post with your friends through social media. Just tap Share.

To follow an artist in Connect, search for or tap an artist to open their artist page, tap , and then tap Follow on Connect follow on Connect . When you follow an artist, any new posts that they make are automatically added to your Connect Posts feed. You can follow an artist even if you don’t have their music in your library.

To see the artists that you follow, tap your profile icon in the upper-left corner, and then tap “Find More Artists and Curators.” Tap unfollow on Connect to the right of an artist to stop following them. To stop automatically following artists when you add their songs to your music library, turn off Automatically Follow Artists: Tap For You, then tap account icon or your photo. Tap “Find More Artists and Curators,” then turn off Automatically Follow Artists.

Browse

Apple Music is dedicated to bringing you the latest and greatest in music. The Browse tab features music that’s new, popular, and up-and-coming each week, and you can browse the Apple Music Catalog by genre.

In the Browse tab you’ll also find playlists curated by Apple Music Editors and industry partners. Tap Curated Playlists to view new and featured playlists, playlists created with specific activities and moods in mind, and playlists curated by industry names you’re sure to recognize. You can also listen to genre-specific playlists.

And you can add any of these songs and playlists to your library, too.

Radio

Beats 1, our 24/7 radio station, features radio shows from legendary artists and DJs that you can listen to live or on-demand. Tune in to hear exclusive interviews, guest hosts, and the best of what’s going on in music.

Radio also features curated stations for every genre of music, or you can create your own custom stations. These stations don’t have ads, and you can skip an unlimited number of songs as you listen. You can also add songs that you like to your Apple Music library.

Learn more about Radio.

You can also use Siri to search Apple Music at any time or ask Siri to help you play music using instructions like these:

  • “Play the top songs from 2016.”
  • “Play more songs like this.”
  • “Add the new Taylor Swift album to my library.”
  • “Play an album by Pharrell Williams that you think I will like.”
  • “Play Drake’s top songs.”
  • “Play happy music.”
  • “Play something for working out.”
  • “Play my new releases.”

Listen to Radio in Apple Music

Listen to Beats 1—Apple’s 24/7, free worldwide radio station—and other live stations on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, Apple TV, or Android phone. Apple Music members can also listen to curated on-demand stations or create their own.

About Radio

Radio includes:

  • Beats 1. Beats 1 broadcasts 24/7 to more than 100 countries. Tune in for free to hear exclusive interviews, guest hosts, and the best of what’s going on in music. Listen now to Beats 1 and view the full program guide.
  • Other live stations. Apple Music also features live stations such as Bloomberg Radio, ESPN News and Sports, and NPR News and Culture. You don’t need to be a member of Apple Music to listen to Beats 1 or these other live stations.
  • On-demand and custom stations. With an Apple Music membership, you can listen to curated on-demand stations or create your own custom stations. These stations don’t have ads, and you can skip an unlimited number of songs as you listen. You can also add songs that you like to your Apple Music library.

Start listening to Radio

Before you can listen to Radio, make sure that your device meets the requirements and sign in with your Apple ID.

To listen on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, open the Music app and tap the Radio tab  at the bottom of the screen.

To listen on your Mac or PC, open iTunes. In the upper-left corner, choose  Music. Then, from the navigation bar at the top of iTunes, choose Radio.

To listen on your Apple TV, open the Music app, then select Radio at the top of the screen.

To listen on your Android phone, open the Music app, tap Android menu icon in the upper-left corner, then tap Radio.

Create a custom station from a song, album, or artist

Use Search to find artists, albums, or songs that you want to use to create a custom Radio station. You can search the entire Apple Music catalog for specific artists, albums, or songs, or see trending searches. To search Apple Music:

  • On your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, tap the Search tab Android search icon at the bottom of the screen.
  • On your Mac or PC, click in the Search box in the upper-right corner of iTunes, then click All Apple Music.
  • On your Apple TV, select Search from the top of the screen.
  • On your Android phone, tap Android search icon in the upper-right corner of the app.

Then, scroll to the Stations section and choose the station that you want to listen to.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can use 3D Touch to create a station. When you find a song or artist that you would like to create a station from, use 3D touch or tap More Options , then tap “Create Station.” You can also ask Siri to “Start a station from …” and then say the name of a song, album, or artist.

Your new station will be added to your list of Recently Played stations. Recently Played stations are in order of most recently played and can’t be deleted.

Fine-tune your custom stations

While listening to your custom station in Radio on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, tap a song to open the Now Playing screen, then tap . Tap Play More Like This or Play Less Like This to fine-tune your custom station.

While listening on your computer, click  then click Play More Like This or Never Play This Song.

While listening on your Apple TV, hold down on the Touch surface of your remote, then select Play More Like This or Play Less Like This.

You can also turn Explicit Content on or off on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touchin iTunes on your Mac or PC, on your Apple TV, or on your Android phone.

Add music from Radio to your library

When you hear music that you like on Radio, you can add it to your Library or just add it to a playlist.

On your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch:

  1. Tap the song to open the Now Playing screen, then tap iOS More Options icon to the right of the song.
  2. Tap “Add to Library ” to add the song to your Library or tap “Add to a Playlist   .”

On your Mac or PC:

  1. Hold your pointer over the song’s name at the top of iTunes, then click  .
  2. Choose “Add to Library” or “Add to Playlist.” You can add the song to an existing playlist or create a new one.

On your Apple TV, hold down on the Touch surface of your remote, then select “Add to Library” or “Add to a Playlist.”

On your Android phone:

  1. Tap Android More Options icon to the right of the song, album, or playlist.
  2. Tap  Android add icon to add the song to My Music or tap “Add to a Playlist.”

Share your stations

On your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC, you can share any Radio station through AirDrop, Messages, Mail, Twitter, and Facebook. Tap iOS More Options icon  or click , and then tap or click Share Station .

On your Android phone, tap the Share icon  to see your sharing options.

Radio requirements

To listen to Radio, you need an Apple ID and:

  • iOS 8.4 or later on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  • iTunes 12.2 or later on your Mac or PC. Get the latest version.
  • An Apple TV (4th generation) with tvOS 9.0 or later.
  • An Android phone with Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) or later and the Apple Music app.

To access the full Radio experience, join Apple Music.

Radio is available only in select countries and features vary by country. Find out what’s available in your country.

Learn how to cancel your membership, change from an Individual to a Family or Student membership type, or join an existing Family Membership.

Cancel your membership

You can cancel your Apple Music membership on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch; your Mac or PC; or your Apple TV (4th generation).

Your membership might renew if you don’t cancel your membership more than 24 hours before your renewal date.

On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch: Open the Music app and tap For You. Tap your profile icon  or your photo in the upper-right corner, then tap View Apple ID. (You might be asked to sign in.) Under Subscriptions, tap Manage, then follow these steps to cancel your Apple Music membership.

On your Mac or PC: Open iTunes. From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen or the top of the iTunes window, choose Account > View My Account. (You might be asked to sign in.) Under Settings, click Manage to the right of Subscriptions, then follow these steps to cancel your Apple Music membership.

On your Apple TV (4th generation): Go to Settings > Accounts, then select Manage Subscriptions under Subscriptions. (You might be asked to enter your Apple ID and password.) Then follow these steps to cancel your membership. On Apple TV (3rd generation or earlier), you can only manage subscriptions on an iOS device or computer.

Change your membership

With a Family Membership to Apple Music, families of up to six people can enjoy all of the benefits of Apple Music, each with their own library. If you joined Apple Music as an individual member, you can change to a Family Membership at any time. You can also switch back to an Individual Membership if you choose. You can also join an existing Family Membership.

To use a Family Membership to Apple Music, you must set up Family Sharing on your iOS device or Mac. Learn more about Apple Music and Family Sharing.

With a Student Membership, students attending degree-granting colleges or universities in select countries can use Apple Music at a discounted membership price for up to 48 months (4 years). Learn more about joining as a student member.

Follow the steps to change from an Individual Membership to a Family or Student Membership on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch; on your Mac or PC; or on your Apple TV (4th generation).

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. In the Music app, tap For You, then tap Apple Music profile icon or your photo in the upper-right corner.
  2. Tap View Apple ID. You might be asked to sign in or use Touch ID.
  3. Tap Subscriptions. If you have more than one subscription, then tap Apple Music Membership to see your membership options.
  4. Under Options, choose the type of membership that you want.
    If you want to change to a Family Membership, tap Family. Confirm your selection, then tap Back.
    If you want to change to a Student Membership, tap Student. A new window opens. Tap Verify Eligibility, then follow the steps to validate your student status.
  5. Tap Back to return to your Account screen, and then tap Done to return to the app.

On your Mac or PC

To automatically open iTunes and sign in to your Account Information page from your computer, click this link: View My Account. Or follow these steps:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. If you’re not signed in, sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen or at the top of the iTunes window, choose Account > View My Account.
  4. Enter your password, then press the Return or Enter key on your keyboard, or click View Account.

On the Account Information page:

  1. Scroll to the Settings section.
  2. To the right of Subscriptions, click Manage. If you have more than one subscription, click Edit to the right of Your Membership (Apple Music Membership).
  3. Choose the type of Membership that you want:
    If you want to change to a Family Membership, select Family. Then confirm your selection.
    If you want to change to a Student Membership, click Student (1 Month) Verification Required. A new window opens. Tap Verify Eligibility, then follow the steps to validate your student status.
  4. Click Done to return to Account Information, and then click Done to return to the iTunes Store.

On your Apple TV (4th generation)

  1. Open Settings, then select Accounts. Under Subscriptions, select Manage Subscriptions. You might be asked to enter your Apple ID and password.
  2. Select Apple Music membership from your list of active subscriptions, then choose the type of membership that you want.

On Apple TV (3rd generation or earlier), you can only manage subscriptions on an iOS device or computer.

Join an existing Family Membership

If you have an Apple Music Individual Membership and want to join an existing Family Membership, follow these steps:

  1. Cancel your Individual Membership.
  2. Ask the organizer of the Family Membership that you want to join to invite you to join the group.
  3. Accept the invitation to join a family group.
  4. After you accept the invitation, open the Apple Music app and check to make sure that you’re a part of the group.