By Demi / Last update September 2, 2021

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


Apple Music is seen as one of the best music apps in the world. However, it is not as perfect as people expect. For example, you may encounter issues, like Apple Music playlist disappeared before you try to listen to some music on iPhone. 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.

Apple Music Playlist Disappeared

Part 1. Why is Apple Music playlist disappeared?

You may wonder “why Apple music deleted my playlist”? 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 If your subscription is outdated, all the playlists on Apple Music will be gone.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 14/15 update, it might result that your iTunes account has synced across the devices or your Show Apple Music option is off automatically.

Part 2. 4 ways to fix Apple Music playlist disappeared

So here is the question, how to get Apple Music playlist back? There are 4 ways available for you to fix Apple Music playlist with ease.

Method 1. 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The first thing you can do is to check whether the subscription is out of date on your iPhone.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 2. 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.

Show Apple Music

Method 3. 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.

Enable Icloud Music Library Iphone

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 5GB 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 4. 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.

Update Icloud Music Library With Itunes

Part 3. Backup and transfer music with AOMEI MBackupper to avoid data loss

Music makes life better, but it can also make things worse when you fail to get Apple Music playlist. To make the data on your iPhone safer, you are highly recommended to choose a professional backup and transfer tool, therefore, here AOMEI MBackupper comes to free you from data disasters and unknown errors.

In AOMEI MBackupper, you can get these.
☑ Easy and fast processes of backing up and transferring. You can see from the pictures below, AOMEI MBackupper has a clear interface with few icons. It’s user-friendly.
☑ A selective process. You can choose to back up and transfer any music, contacts, videos, photos, and messages as you like.
☑ Wide compatibility. It can work well on iPhone from iPhone 4 to the latest version, as well as iPad, iPod.

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Let’s take backup music from iPhone to computer as an example.

Step 1. Launch in AOMEI Mbackupper > Connect your iPhone to the computer > Tap Trust This Computer on your iPhone.

Step 2. Choose Custom Backup on the home screen.


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Step 3. Click the Music icon > Choose songs you want to backup and click OK.


Step 4. Choose a storage path as you like > Click Start Backup to complete.


▪ After the process finishes, you can check the files in Backup Management. You can locate, browse and delete the files here.
▪ AOMEI MBackupper is a multi-functional tool for Apple users. Besides backing up and transferring, you can also erase and restore iPhone and other Apple devices.


Hopefully, you can fix Apple Music playlist disappeared with these easy methods. To prevent your data loss for no reason, you’d better backup data via AOMEI MBackupper to avoid any troubles from iCloud like iCloud is currently unavailable. For more queries, feedback and suggestions, feel free to contact us.