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How to view and share playlists with friends in Apple Music

Apple Music has always been focused primarily on your music experience, but the last couple of years have seen the streaming service become a little more social by allowing you to connect with your friends who also subscribe to the service. Part of this is sharing playlists with your friends, letting them see what you've built, and vice versa. You can share any playlist that you've created yourself, or that was created by another Apple Music user and added to your library.

This is how you can share playlists with friends using Apple Music (opens in new tab).

How to share a playlist with your friends in Apple Music

Any playlist that you can edit can be shared with your friends using your Apple Music profile.

  1. Open Apple Music on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap Library if you're not already on that tab.
  3. Tap Playlists.

  1. Select a playlist either that you've created, or that another Apple Music subscriber has created and that you've added to your library.
  2. Tap Edit in the top-right corner of the playlist.

  1. Tap the switch next to Show on My Profile and in Search to the green on position.
  2. Tap Done.

How to view which playlists you're sharing with your friends in Apple Music

See which of your playlists are easily viewable by your friends.

  1. Open Music on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the For You tab.
  3. Tap on your avatar in the top-right corner.

  1. Tap View Profile.

Your shared playlists make up the top row of shared items.

How to view a friend's shared playlists in Apple Music

You can also check out the playlists that your friends have selected to share.

  1. Open Apple Music.
  2. Tap the For You tab.
  3. Tap on your avatar in the top-right corner.

  1. Tap View Profile.
  2. Tap one of your friends under Following.

The playlists that they've shared on their profile make up the top row of shared items.

Questions?

If you have any more questions about sharing playlists in Apple Music, be sure to ask in the comments.

Updated August 2019: Updated for iOS 12 and iOS 13.

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

9 Comments
  • Am I right and all of this for some reason is disabled for other countries? I mean I don't see any of this options in Russia on iOS 11b2
  • I confirm. I do not have this option.
  • Perhaps it may be that the only song / music vid that your president allows is Putin on the Ritz? https://www.google.com/search?q=putin+on+the+ritz&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&clie...
  • How can I add friends in my iTunes Music account, don't want to use fb or instant! And I want to do this on an iMac?
  • So say I download someones playlist, and a couple weeks down the road they update it, will apple music show the new songs added?
  • So this worked for me (sharing playlists with others) right until I got to step 5. When I click "edit" the only option is get is "Add Music." No option to toggle on the Show My Profile in Search, etc. What am I doing wrong?
  • I am experiencing the same thing, it is very frustrating
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  • How do you subscribe to an Apple created playlist so that it updates automatically each week? For example if I add/download the “best of the week” will it update every Friday? Cheers
  • Is there any way to tell who or at least how many AM members are following one of your publicly posted playlists?