How to see what your friends are listening to in Apple Music

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As part of its new social outgrowth in iOS 11, Apple Music lets you see what your friends have been listening to on the service, and they can do the same for you. By going into their profile, you can also dive deep into their listening habits and maybe even find something new and interesting for yourself.

First things first

After you start following your friends in Apple Music in iOS 11, the first thing you'll notice is that the For You tab has a new section. Your list of recently played music has moved down and in its place, right under your Favorites and New Music mixes from Apple, is the new Friends are Listening To section.

You'll see your friends' Apple Music avatars in the corner of each piece of album art, and if multiple friends have listened to the same thing, you'll see those avatars stacked on top of each other. It really isn't more complicated than that. Also, if you tap on an album and scroll to the bottom, you'll be able to see a list of which of your friends listened to that album.

How to see what your friends are listening to on Apple Music

If you want to dive deeper into what one of your friends is listening to, you'll need to head to their Apple Music profile.

  1. Open Apple Music.
  2. Tap For You.
  3. Tap your avatar in the top-right corner.
  4. Scroll down and tap on your friend's avatar under Following or Followers.
  5. Scroll left and right through the Listening To section to see current top albums.
  6. Tab See All to get a more detailed look at their listening habits.


If you need to know anything else about checking out your friends' listening habits in Apple Music in iOS 11, tell us in the comments.

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