How to listen to Apple Music on multiple devices at once

It's been almost four years since the launch of Apple Music, and not a lot has changed in regards to listening to music from the service on two iOS devices or Macs at the same time. In order to do so, you will need an Apple Music Family plan, which will let you listen simultaneously on up to six devices. While that might be inconvenient, the good news is that it's pretty easy to set up.

Here's how you can play Apple Music on multiple devices at once using a family plan.

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How to set up an Apple Music family plan

It's pretty easy to set up an Apple Music family plan. Start by heading to the Music app.

  1. Open the Music app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap For You.
  3. Tap the Account icon in the upper right corner.

    Open Music, tap For You, tap Account

  4. Tap Upgrade to Family Plan.

  5. Tap Upgrade.
  6. Confirm your purchase of a Family Plan upgrade.

    Tap Upgrade to Family Plan, tap Upgrade, confirm purchase

And there you go. Of course, if you want to share this newly-established family plan with someone in your family, you'll need to turn on Family Sharing.

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HomePod and Apple TV

While you need an Apple Music Family plan to stream to multiple iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watches at the same time, if you have a HomePod or an Apple TV, this isn't the case. Neither of Apple's home-oriented devices counts against your streaming limit, and you can play Apple Music on multiple HomePods and Apple TVs at the same time you're playing music on your iPhone iPad, Mac, or Apple Watch.

Questions?

If you need to know anything else about listening to Apple Music on multiple devices at once, let us know in the comments.

Update August 2019: Updated through iOS 12.4 and the iOS 13 beta.

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