How To Fix iOS 14 Delete All Playlists Issue

Having trouble trying to fix iOS 14 delete all playlists issue?

Apple’s new iOS 14 has a ton of new features waiting for you to experience, once you update to the latest operating system. These new features should ideally be more efficient and reliable, but sadly, this isn’t always the case.

Most of the time, updating your device will either fix a problem or add new ones to your system. If you’re reading this article, then you might be experiencing the playlist bug already. Unfortunately, encountering problems or bugs every time you update your devices is almost inevitable.

But, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it. In this article, we’ll be going through a list of methods and solutions that we’ve compiled, to help you fix your problem. Here’s how you can fix iOS 14 delete all playlists issue.

Let’s dive in!


1. Enable Show Apple Music.

Apple caringly allows its users to retain most of their settings after every iOS update. This applies to updates from iOS 13.7 to iOS 14. By default, the ‘Show Apple Music’ setting should always be enabled whenever you update your operating system.

However, it isn’t uncommon for glitches or bugs to mess up the updating processes. Any software problems that do occur, can either reset your settings or set them into a different configuration. We’ll be going over the ‘Show Apple Music’ setting to double-check if it’s enabled.

Here’s how you can enable Show Apple Music through your iPhone:

  1. First, open up your Settings menu from the home screen, then scroll down and select Music.
  2. Once you’ve been redirected to the Music window, a list of options should be displayed on your screen. Look for and select Show Apple Music and make sure it’s enabled. If it was already enabled, toggle it off and on to refresh the setting.

Alternatively, there another way to access this setting through your Apple account on a computer. Here’s how you can do that:

  1. With your computer, open the iTunes app.
  2. Next, click on iTunes to open up a drop-down menu of options. This should be located at the top-left corner of your screen.

  1. From there, find and click on Preferences to proceed.
  2. Finally, locate the Show Apple Music option and enable it. Once again, if it was already enabled, toggle it off and back on to refresh the setting.

2. Restart Your Device.

Most software problems you can encounter on your iPhone can be fixed by simply restarting your device. For this problem, restarting will help recover your documents if ever your iPhone failed to retrieve your playlists.

Additionally, restarting your device will iron out any bugs that are currently messing with your iPhone. Since a restart will shut down all third-party apps together with your operating system, software errors will be erased as well.

Here’s how you can restart your iPhone:

  1. Start by holding down the Power button for several seconds. This should be located on the right side of your iPhone’s screen.

  1. Once you’ve done this, a prompt with a red slider that says ‘Slide to power off’ should appear on your screen.
  2. Drag this slider to the right to power off your device. When that’s done, turn your iPhone back on by pressing down the power button again.

Once you’re through with that, go ahead and look for your playlists to see if they’ve been restored. Additionally, try to avoid doing a force restart as this can be potentially hazardous to your device. Here’s why.


3. Deleting Junk files.

We recommend deleting unnecessary and useless files so you can free up some space on your iPhone. This should only be a primary concern or problem if your iPhone’s storage space is incredibly full.

Having a full SD card or internal memory can give playlists a hard time, especially considering that some apps consider playlists as cache files. If your storage is really full, either try transferring some of your files or deleting some junk to free some storage space.

Hopefully, with the space made available, your playlists should come back.


4. Switch On And Off iCloud Music Library And iTunes.

The ‘iCloud Music Library’ is a feature that automatically updates, downloads, and manages your music files. Unfortunately, this feature can bug out and lose your playlists, especially after updating to iOS 14.

Switching off the iCloud Music Library could cause your iTunes music to hide or disappear from your device. There are situations that occur, after you’ve updated your device, that automatically switches off the ‘iCloud Music Library’. Make sure you are already signed into your Apple ID and that your iCloud is on.

Here’s how you can switch on and off iCloud Music Library and iTunes:

  1. Go ahead and open up the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Now, scroll down and look for Music.

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  1. Finally, tap on the iCloud Music Library option. Switch it On. If it is On, then switch it Off then turn it On again.

By doing these steps, the feature responsible for your playlists should now be refreshed. Hopefully, your playlists have been recovered by now.


5. Check if your iTunes lists Music as ‘Other’ on Media.

Inside the memory storage of your iTunes account or your device, there is a section titled ‘Other’. These are files that are not associated with the generic terms that are stored on your device. Generic terms usually include .jpg for pictures and .mp4 for music.

It could be possible that your music was saved in the ‘Other’ section. If this is the case, then it is categorized incorrectly, which is probably why you’re unable to find your songs. In this method, we’ll be fixing this problem so we can restore your playlists.

Before you proceed, you’ll need to plug your iPhone into a computer that runs the latest version of iTunes.

Here’s how you check if your iTunes lists music as ‘Other’ on media through your Mac:

  1. First, open up your iTunes and then click on your iPhone. From there, navigate to the Summary tab.
  2. You’ll see a bar at the bottom of the application with multiple labels and colors. If your ‘Other’ files are bigger than audio, you can probably assume that your songs are stored as ‘Other’ files and categorized incorrectly.

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  1. Simply fix this by resyncing your device with iTunes. Click on the Sync button at the bottom-right corner of your screen to do this.
  2. Lastly, restart your device when you’re done.

By following these steps, there should be a big chance of restoring your playlists back to normal. Hopefully, your music or playlist has been retrieved.


6. Log Out And Into Your Accounts.

Refreshing your account is probably your last string of hope if you’ve exhausted all the methods above. Logging out of your account will terminate the connection between your account and the service it’s currently logged into.

These services can be Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and so on, which should properly work again once you’ve logged back in. Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide a list of general steps to log out of your accounts, since each application is configured differently.

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You can easily Google the steps to log out of whichever music-app you’re having a problem with. Once you’ve logged back in, that should reset your account’s connection with your device, hopefully retrieving back all your songs.

That wraps up this article! We hope to have helped you fix iOS 14 delete all playlists issue. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment down below.

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  • Mako Young

    Mako is a staff writer at Saint. He's been writing about tech for more than a decade. When he isn't reading about the latest news on Apple, he's busy studying cybersecurity, cryptocurrency, cloud computing, and other IT-related sectors. His exceptional work graces technology and Apple-related blogs like How-To Geek,, Macgasm, onMac, PhotoWorkout, GameRant, and many more. He also has a Bachelors in Computer Science and has been writing since 2018, with over 400 posts published. LinkedIn X (Twitter)

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