Daily Tip: create new playlists straight from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

Curious how to create a playlist directly on your iPhone or iPad? We already know you can create them within iTunes, but what about when you're on the go and want a different mix to listen to?

Creating playlists from your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad is just as easy as it is in iTunes. Follow along and we'll tell you how!

  1. First, go to the playlist tab in your iPod app and tap Add Playlist...
  2. You'll be prompted to enter a name for your playlist. Enter it and tap Save
  3. Now you can tap any of the tabs along the bottom to look for music you want to add to the playlist. Simply tap the plus song to add individual songs or whole albums.
  4. Once you are done adding music, tap Done in the upper right hand corner.
  5. If you need to edit your playlist (delete or add songs), simply go into the playlist and scroll up and you can edit, clear, or delete the playlist altogether.

That's pretty much it! Next time you sync to your computer, your newly created playlists should also sync back to iTunes. I use this feature quite often on vacations and trips. I also find myself using it to add music I've just recently download to playlists that already exist. Do you guys use this feature?

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Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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GraysonIP says:

I've found that when I create a playlist on my iPhone and sync back to iTunes, the playlists on my iPhone disappear. It's very frustrating. Anyone know how to fix this? Thanks for any guidance.

Cult of iPhone says:

Never happened to me, it syncs them from my iphone to itunes automatically for me.

Will Matthews says:

I'm having this same problem.... super frustrating when you spend ages creating a awesome playlist only to have it vanish when you sync back to iTunes!

Dixoncummins says:

can i add any songs from my playlist as ringtones?