iOS 15.2 finally lets people search within Apple Music playlists

iPhone 12 showing Apple Music with a sculpture in the background
iPhone 12 showing Apple Music with a sculpture in the background (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple's iOS 15.2 beta allows people to search within Apple Music playlists.
  • iOS 15.2 is currently available as its third beta release to developers and those on the public beta program.

The impending release of iOS 15.2 will see Apple Music subscribers finally be able to search within a playlist. That feature isn't something currently available despite being one people have been asking for.

At the time of writing iOS 15.2 is in its third beta and is available to developers as well as those on the public beta program. However, there is no telling when the update will be made available for everyone.

Until then, here's how 9to5Mac describes the situation with iOS 15.2 installed.

This has been a long-requested feature for Apple Music, and it's rather surprising (frustrating?) that it took this long to be added. Of course, in typical Apple fashion, the search bar is hidden within the user interface. To find the new search field, open a playlist in the Music app on your iPhone, then swipe down from the top to reveal the new "Search" field.

Some people will still prefer Spotify and other streaming apps, but others would heartily argue that Apple Music is the best iPhone app and service for listening to music — especially for anyone who also has other Apple services. The Apple One subscription includes Apple Music as well as other services like Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade, for example.

Whether you're an Apple Music user or not, there's no denying that this feature change is one that is set to be very well received once iOS 15.2 is made available to all.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.