Solved! How to Restore Apple Music Library on iPhone/PC

Is your Apple Music Library gone for no reason? In this guide, you can get useful solutions about how to restore Apple Music Library in detail.


By Demi / Updated on June 12, 2024

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Is your Apple Music Library gone?

My Apple Music Library is gone

My Apple Music Library recently vanished from my iPhone. My subscription was renewed the day all the music vanished. I can see all my playlist but every one is empty. I only have access to purchased songs/albums which require re-downloading. Any help would be appreciated in trying to recover my music.

- Question from Apple Community

Is your Apple Music playlist disappeared after updating or switching to a new iPhone? It is really disappointing when you head to Apple Music to enjoy melodies but find nothing in it.

Apple Music Playlist Disappeared

You may ask, "how to get my music back on Apple Music?" This guide is for you. Keep reading this guide, you will get every detailed tutorial to restore Apple Music Library on iPhone or PC.

Why your Apple Music Library disappeared?

Before learning how to restore Apple Music Library, you may wonder why your Apple Music Library disappeared. The Apple Music Library, built on iTunes, has a convoluted user experience due to the multitude of features in one place. This complexity contributes to several reasons why Apple Music Library gone:
❌ Music files have been moved to a different location on PC or been deleted
❌ Music files might not have been downloaded from the cloud
❌ Apple Music is experiencing server issues
❌ Apple Music subscription has been expired

Quick checks to restore Apple Music Library

Actually, there are some tips you can quickly check to get Apple Music Library back without restoring it. Optionally, you can also head to the next part to import music library from PC to iPhone using an easy-to-use tool, so that you can listen to the music offline with no effort.

Check Apple Music Subscription

If your Apple Music subscription is canceled or hasn’t been renewed within 30 days, the songs you downloaded in Apple Music Library will disappear.

To check the subscriptions, go to Settings on your iPhone > [your name] > Tap Subscriptions to check whether it’s expired.


💡 If you cannot see the option, head to iTunes & App Store > your Apple ID > View Apple ID, sign in, and scroll down to tap Subscription.

Check Sync settings

To get access to Apple Music and music you downloaded on your iPhone, please make sure you have enabled Sync Library setting. Go to Settings on your iPhone > Music > Turn on Sync Library.

Sync Library

Check iOS/iTunes update

Please make sure your iPhone has installed the latest version of iOS. At the same time, it is also necessary to update iTunes to the latest version.

To check iOS update, go to iPhone Settings > General > Software Update. If there is a new version available, download and install the latest version on your iPhone.

iOS Software Update

To update iTunes, click Help on the menu bar on Windows > Select Check for Updates > If there’s a new version, follow the prompts to install the latest version.

iTunes Check For Updates

If the Apple Music Library is still not syncing on your iPhone after checking the settings above, you may need to restore Apple Music Library on your iPhone or using computer by following methods.

How to restore Apple Music Library on iPhone

The steps to restore Apple Music Library on iPhone is pretty simple, you just need to turn on iCloud Music Library to sync and transfer streaming music tracks from Apple Music and iTunes. You can follow the tutorials to make it.

Go to Settings > Music > Under the Library column, you’ll see iCloud Music Library option. If it is already on, you can turn it off and on again. You will receive a prompt asking whether to enable iCloud Music Library or not, please select Merge.

Enable iCloud Music Library iPhone

If the song you have added to iCloud Music Library from computer doesn’t appear on your iPhone, you may need to try the method in the next part to restore Apple Music Library on PC.

An Easy Way to Transfer Music Library from PC to iPhone

If you used to manage media files with iTunes, it’s recommended to try FoneTool, the professional transfer tool, to help you transfer music from PC to iPhone directly.

The features and advantages of FoneTool
✓ Preview and selective process. You can preview all music files on your iPhone so that can easily locate and transfer the hidden music.
✓Multiple transfer function. FoneTool supports iPhone to iPhone/iPad transfer, iPhone to computer transfer, and vice versa.
✓ Fast transfer speed. With a stable USB connection between iPhone and computer, it just takes minutes to finish transferring 100 songs.
✓ Wide compatibility. FoneTool supports iPhone(from iPhone 4 to iPhone 15), iPad(including iPad 2022), and iPod Touch. It also works well with iOS, like iOS 16/17.

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FoneTool enables you to transfer both purchased and non-purchased music from computer to iPhone with ease. When you need a way out to restore Apple Music Library after subscription ends, FoneTool must be one of the best choices for you. You can follow the steps below to restore Apple Music Library by transferring music from PC to iPhone.

How to restore Apple Music Library from PC to iPhone
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB > Click Phone Transfer > Get to PC to iPhone and click Start Transfer.

Transfer to iPhone

Step 2. Click + icon to browse and select music saved in the folder on your computer > Click Open to continue.

Tip: Where can you find music in iTunes?
You can transfer music saved in iTunes folder, but how can you find it? Usually, you can select iTunes music from C:\Users\YourUserName\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media.

Choose Music

Step 3. Click Start Transfer to send them to your iPhone.

start transfer music

Chances are that the music is still on your iPhone but you cannot locate it let alone play it. Therefore, you can also let the iPhone to PC function scan the hidden music from iPhone and transfer hidden songs from iPhone to computer and send them back with the steps above.


That’s all for how to restore Apple Music library. If you set up iPhone correctly, you can restore it by turning on iCloud Music Library on iPhone. It’s more suggested to choose the second way to preview and get lost music back via FoneTool. For more queries or feedback, please feel free to contact us, or leave your comments below.

Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.