Why has my Apple Music playlist disappeared?
Last night, when I was away to go check for songs, I realized all of my playlists have disappeared but when I try and add a song to the playlist, they are there to add into. What's happened?
- Question from Apple Community
To make things worse, no matter how you sign out and sign in Apple music, you cannot restore the playlist even though they are in iTunes on computer. If you have the same trouble, keep reading the passage to find solutions to it.
Why is Apple Music playlist disappeared?
You may wonder why playlist not showing up on iPhone. Here is the answer. It is suggested to figure out the reasons first and choose a specific method to handle it.
☹ Errors in iCloud Music Library. It is most likely that there is something wrong with iCloud Music Library, so that iPhone cannot scan or unload anything to Apple Music.
☹ An expired Apple Music subscription. If your subscription is outdated, all the playlists on Apple Music will be gone.
☹ Changes made by software. Sometimes if your Apple Music playlists disappear from iPhone after iOS update, it might result that your iTunes account has synced across the devices or your Show Apple Music option is off automatically.
6 ways to fix the Apple Music playlist disappeared
So you may wonder how to recover Apple Music playlist. There are 5 ways available for you to fix Apple Music delete your playlist with ease. To quickly get your lost playlist back, you can turn to method 6 to check if your Apple Music playlist is still on your iPhone but invisible.
Method 1. Enable Apple Music Playlist
If you can see the Apple Music playlists from iTunes on your computer, but they are not available on your iPhone, you can try to enable Apple Music Playlist to get out of the issue.
Go to Apple Music on your iPhone, tap Library > Click Edit from the upper-right corner > If you find that the Playlist was turned off from the Library view, just turn it on.
Method 2. Check the Subscription
The first thing you can do is to check whether the subscription is out of date on your iPhone. Follow the steps below to make it.
Go to Settings > Tap your name > Tap Subscriptions to see if it’s expired. If there isn’t the option, you can also go to iTunes & App Store > your Apple ID > View Apple ID, sign in and scroll down to tap Subscription.
Method 3. Turn on Show Apple Music
As we mentioned before, after updating iOS, "Show Apple Music" option may be turned off automatically. To make Apple Music playlist visible, you can check it and turn it on.
Tutorials are as follows. Go to Settings > Music > Under Music column, you can see Show Apple Music, turn it on if it is off. If it’s already on, you can tap it off and toggle it on again. Now, you can go to Apple Music to check whether your playlists come back.
Method 4. Turn on iCloud Music Library
iCloud Music Library is used to sync and transfer streaming music tracks from Apple Music and iTunes among devices. You can add music to iCloud Music Library from computer with iTunes.
Follow these simple steps to make it. Go to Settings > Music > Under Library column, you’ll see iCloud Music Library option. If it is off, toggle it on. If it’s already on, you need to turn it off and activate it again. Select Merge on the popup which asks you whether to enable iCloud Music Library or not.
Now the deleted Apple Music playlists will be merged or replaced by the music in iCloud. Therefore, you can get your Apple Music playlists back.
▪ You’d better turn off iCloud Music Library by the steps above to avoid your music being deleted in the future.
▪ After all, iCloud has only 5 GB of storage spaces for free. If the 5 GB of free storage spaces run out, you may either pay for extra storage space monthly or encounter troubles like your iPhone backup failed for not enough storage space in iCloud.
Method 5. Update iCloud Music Library with iTunes
Alternatively, you can also update iCloud Music Library with iTunes to get Apple Music playlist back. Follow the steps to make it. Open iTunes on your PC or Mac > Go to File > Library > Click the Update iCloud Music Library to make it. Updating iCloud Music Library will refresh the whole library on your iPhone, it may help you restore the disappeared Apple Music playlist as well.
Method 6. Filter disappeared playlist from iPhone via FoneTool
Chances are that Apple Music playlists still exist on your iPhone but cannot be available currently. To make these playlists visible, you can try the power tool -FoneTool to transfer the music from iPhone to computer, so that you can get Apple Music playlists back.
☑ Selective music transfer. FoneTool helps scan all music on your iPhone. You're also allowed to transfer both purchased and non-purchased music selectively.
☑ Types of transfer features. It enables you to achieve iPhone to iPhone/iPad transfer, iPhone to computer transfer, and vice versa at a super-fast transfer speed.
☑ Wide compatibility. It can work well on iPhone from iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 14 series, as well as iPad, iPod.
Download FoneTool for free and have a try.
Now, follow the steps below to transfer music from iPhone to computer with FoneTool.
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB > Launch FoneTool and choose Phone Transfer on its homepage > Go to iPhone to PC and click Start Transfer.
Step 2. Click the + icon > Check the Music icon to browse music on your iPhone > Locate and choose the disappeared music you want to get it back > Click OK to confirm.
Step 3. Click Start Transfer > Choose a storage path as you like (You can save these files to a local folder or an external hard drive, etc.) > Click Transfer to complete the task.
When the transfer process is finished, you can browse it on your computer. If necessary, you're also able to transfer music back to iPhone again.
Hopefully, you can fix Apple Music playlist disappeared with these easy methods. You can try to connect your iPhone to computer, and let FoneTool scan and transfer your disappeared music to computer.
To avoid data loss in the future, it is also recommended to backup iPhone to PC with FoneTool regularly. For more queries, suggestions, or feedback, please feel free to contact us.
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