How to Fix Apple Music Playlist Not Syncing on iPhone

Is your Apple Music playlist not syncing on your iPhone?

Apple Music is a music service developed and offered by Apple. It provides users access to thousands of songs, playlists, and radio stations. You can also enjoy exclusive content and original programming in Apple Music. 

However, one of the best features of the app is the playlist. This allows you to create a list of songs based on their genre, release date, and more. 

Unfortunately, some users are having a hard time syncing playlists on their iPhones. 

When this occurs, it’s usually due to improper configurations. On the other hand, it can also be due to server-related problems, third-party apps, or corrupted data. 

To help you out, we’ve decided to make a guide for fixing your Apple Music playlist if it’s not syncing on your iPhone. 

Let’s get started!

1. Restart Your Device. 

Before anything, we recommend restarting your iPhone if you encounter issues with Apple Music or any app. This will allow your system to reload its resources and eliminate temporary errors that may have occurred during use. 

For iPhone X, 11, 12, or later: 

  1. Hold down the Volume Down button and Side button until the ‘Slide to Power Off’ prompt appears. 
  2. Now, drag the slider to the right and wait for 30 seconds. 
  3. Press the Side button afterward to turn on your device. 
Restart iPhone

For iPhone 6, 7, 8, or SE: 

  1. Locate the Power button on your device. 
  2. Now, hold the button until the ‘Slide to Power Off’ prompt shows up.
  3. Drag the slider to the right and wait for 30 seconds before turning on your device. 
Force Restart

Go back to Apple Music to check if your playlist has synced. 

2. Check Apple’s Servers. 

Apple Music is an online service, which means it relies on servers to deliver content. If you encounter problems with your playlist not syncing, there’s a good chance that the servers are offline. 

To confirm this, you can visit Apple’s status page to see if there are ongoing issues with Apple Music. 

Apple Status

Sadly, server-related issues can’t be resolved on your end. If the servers are down, the best thing you can do is wait for their team to address the issue. On the other hand, you can proceed to the next solution if there’s nothing wrong with the servers. 

3. Check Your Internet Connection. 

Slow or unstable networks could also be the reason your Apple Music playlist is not syncing on your iPhone. To confirm this, run a speed test using to measure your network’s upload and download bandwidth. 

apple music playlist not syncing on iphone

If the result indicates a problem with your connection, restart your modem or router to re-establish the link with your ISP’s servers. Unplug your router from the outlet and wait for 5 to 10 seconds before plugging it back in. 

Restart Router

Once done, perform another test to check if the problem is solved. If your network continues to run slow, contact your service provider and let them handle the issue with your connection.


4. Confirm Your Apple ID. 

If you’ve created an Apple Music playlist using your other devices, you might want to check if you are using the same Apple ID. Possibly, the Apple ID on your iPhone is not the same as your other Apple devices. 

To confirm this, head to Settings and tap on your Profile to view the Apple ID signed in on your iPhone.


5. Refresh Your Data. 

After checking the Apple ID you’re using, we recommend that you refresh your Apple Music data. You can do this by signing out of your Apple ID account and logging back in after a few minutes. 

Here’s how you can sign out of your Apple ID: 

  1. First, open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap on your Profile
  2. After that, go to iTunes & App Store
  3. Tap on your ID and choose Sign Out
apple music playlist not syncing on iphone

Once done, wait for 2-3 minutes before logging back into your Apple account. Head to Apple Music to check if the problem is solved. 

6. Check Your iCloud Settings. 

If you have iCloud Music Library enabled on your account, you need to ensure that it’s turned on for all your devices. 

Here’s how you can enable iCloud Music Library on your iPhone: 

  1. Go to your home screen and access Settings
  2. Now, scroll down and tap on Music
  3. Finally, look for ‘iCloud Music Library’ and ensure the option is enabled. 
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Go back to Apple Music afterward and check if you can now access your playlist. 

7. Update Your Device. 

There might be an issue with Apple Music on the version of iOS running on your iPhone. To rule this out, we recommend updating your iPhone to the latest version possible to patch bugs and errors. 

Follow the steps below to update your iPhone: 

  1. Open the Settings app on your iOS device. 
  2. After that, go to General > Software Update
  3. Finally, go to Automatic Updates and enable all the options under it. Head back to the previous page and tap on Download and Install
Download and Install

While updating your iPhone, it may restart several times depending on the situation. After the update, head to Apple Music to check if all your playlists are available. 

8. Contact Apple Support. 

At this point, the last thing you can do is seek help from professionals. There might be something wrong with your account that can only be addressed on their end. 

Visit Apple’s support page and get in touch with their team to report the issue you’ve been experiencing with Apple Music and your playlist. Provide all the necessary details on your report that can help Apple’s team address the issue faster. 

apple music playlist not syncing on iphone

While waiting, you can also check the guides on their page and see if you can find viable solutions. 

That brings us to the end of our guide on what to do if your Apple Music playlist is not syncing on your iPhone. If you have questions or other concerns, please let us know in the comment section, and we’ll do our best to respond. 

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  • John Sixto

    John is a staff writer at Saint and comes from a SAP ABAP development background. He has a Bachelors in IT and has been writing since 2018, with over 500 posts published. He loves to build PCs and has a deep curiosity in understanding how different components and configurations work. John spends hundreds of hours at a time, researching and testing the software and apps, before he proceeds to write about it. LinkedIn X (Twitter)

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