iOS 11

Empty Playlists in Apple Music

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I got my new iPhone X on Friday and like many others I spent some time setting up the new phone. For the most part the process of transferring account information and data from my old iPhone to my new iPhone X was much easier than it has been in the past thanks to the iOS 11 new device setup feature. But not everything went smoothly.

The next morning after setting up my iPhone X I went out for a bike ride and went to start playing my Cycling Apple Music playlist (don’t worry I use a bone conduction helmet so I hear all the ambient sounds around me) and my Cycling playlist was there but it was nothing but an empty playlist. The iOS 11 setup/transfer didn’t work so well for Apple Music. So what happened? Why did have a bunch of empty playlists?

Turns out this is a really easy fix. If you find empty playlists in your Apple Music library then most likely the “iCloud Music Library” setting within the Music app is not enabled. I think in my case, somewhere in the transition to my new iPhone X this setting was not enabled. So all you need to do to fix this is go into the “Settings” app and scroll down to “Music.”

This is what you see after opening up the "Settings" app and navigating to "Music"

This is what you see after opening up the "Settings" app and navigating to "Music"

Within the “Music” settings there is a toggle labeled “iCloud Music Library.” This needs to be toggled to “On” so that any music or playlists you had previously been saving and syncing to iCloud will sync over to your device. This should fix your empty playlists problem.

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