"Why did my Apple Music playlist disappear? When I opened Apple Music today, I noticed that I lost Apple Music library. I couldn't see my downloads and my favorite tracks. I checked my subscription, then logged out and logged back in, but no luck. Could you help solve this issue? Thanks!"
Recently, many Apple Music users have complained that their Apple Music library gone for no apparent reason. It is indeed annoying to have favorite playlists deleted/lost/missed. If you're experiencing the same situation, then you've come to the right place.
In this article, we will illustrate why do Apple Music songs disappear. And we will provide several solutions on how to restore Apple Music Library and get your Apple Music playlists back. Moreover, we will also provide an ultimate method to help you save your Apple Music playlists forever. In this case, you won't meet the Apple Music playlists missing issue again.
Part 1. Why Did My Apple Music Playlist Disappear?
Before you learn how to recover Apple Music library, it is better to understand what causes this problem. Here are a few major reasons why Apple Music playlist gone.
🧐1. There is an error in the iCloud Music Library. When you lost Apple Music library, there may be some exceptions in iCloud Music Library. So, it can't scan or sync anything to Apple Music.
🧐2. Apple Music subscriptions that have expired. If your Apple Music subscription has expired, all playlists you created on Apple Music will disappear.
🧐3. There is a problem with iTunes sync. Sometimes, if after updating your iOS, it may cause your iTunes account to sync between devices, or your Show Apple Music option to turn itself off.
🧐4. You had updated iOS version. If you have your device update to the latest iOS 14/15/16 version, then the Apple Music app may not be compatible with the newest iOS version.
🧐5. Your device doesn't have enough storage space. If your device is run out of space, then there is no enough space for keeping Apple Music files.
🧐6. There is something wrong with the Apple Music app.
🧐7. Certain songs may be restricted in your region or location.
🧐8. The songs or albums may be removed from Apple Music library by the artist or label.
If you have enabled iCloud Music Library and the playlists are gone from your iPhone or iPad, then don't panic. You can still recover deleted Apple Music playlists using the methods mentioned in the next section.
Part 2. How to Restore Apple Music Library - 7 Solutions
After you understand the possible causes to Apple Music playlists disappeared, you can now follow the methods below to learn how to recover playlists on Apple Music.
🛠Fix 1. Check If Apple Music Is Down
At first, you need to check whether the Apple Music Server is down or not. You can go to Apple's system status webpage to check that. If it is down, you could wait for a few minutes till it works again.
🛠Fix 2. Check Your Apple Music Subscription
If you find all Apple Music playlist disappeared, you should go to check if your Apple Music subscription has expired. Here's how to do it:
On iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch:
Step 1. Navigate to the Settings app on your iOS device.
Step 2. Tap your name at the top.
Step 3. On the page that appears, tap 'Subscriptions' > 'Apple Music Subscription' to check whether your Apple Music is expired.
Or, go to the Apple Music app and tap your profile icon. Then choose 'Manage Subscription' to see your account's status.
Step 1. Open the iTunes or Apple Music app.
Step 2. Head to the Account section, then locate 'Subscription' to check if your subscription is still valid.
If your subscription is expired, then you will get the Apple Music playlist disappeared issue. In this case, you need to renew your subscription at once.
🛠Fix 3. Restart Your Device
Restart your device before proceeding with the solutions below. This will give your device a release and fix some minor issues caused by the device. Sometimes it works a lot to restore Apple Music playlist. So, just go to power off and power on the device you are using to listen to Apple Music.
🛠Fix 4. Clean Up Your Device
Junk files can take up your device's storage space and this may cause your Apple Music downloads disappear. So you can check your storage space on your device and clean up some junk files. Then check if it works on Apple Music library gone.
🛠Fix 5. Turn On "Show Apple Music"
As we mentioned before, the "Show Apple Music" option may be automatically turned off after updating iOS 15/16. So, if your problem with Apple Music playlists gone is due to this reason, you need to turn the "Show Apple Music" option on to get Apple Music playlist back. If it's already turned on, you can turn it off and then turn it back on. The tutorial is below.
Step 1. Go to "Settings" and select the "Music" section on your device.
Step 2. Under the "Music" bar, you can see the "Show Apple Music" option. Tap it to make the slider turn green.
🛠Fix 6. Turn On "iCloud Music Library"
The iCloud Music library is used to sync and transfer streaming music tracks from Apple Music and iTunes between devices. Therefore, you need to make sure that iCloud Music Library is enabled. If you turn off iCloud Music Library, you may get lost playlist on Apple Music. Here are how to recover Apple Music library by enabling this feature.
On iOS Devices:
The instruction is same for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Here I will take the iPhone X to show you how to do that.
Step 1. Launch iPhone X, you will see the main screen of it.
Step 2. Click "Settings" > "Music" > "Library", then tap the iCloud Music Library to turn it on.
Step 3. If there is no other music on your device, the songs and playlists from the iCloud Music Library will be downloaded to your device immediately. Else, you can choose to keep music or replace.
Note: You need to sign up Apple Music or iTunes Match to have the iCloud Music Library option.
If you'd like to restore Apple Music playlists on your computer, you can follow this tips to turn on iCloud from iTunes.
Step 1. Start iTunes player from your computer.
Step 2. Click "iTunes" > "Preferences" on Mac computer or "Edit" > "Preference" on Windows PC to open the settings window.
Step 3. Go to the "General" tab, select the option "iCloud Music Library" and click "OK".
Step 4. Your entire music library will return to iTunes from the iCloud.
Now, your deleted Apple Music playlists will be merged or replaced by music from iCloud. So, it may help fix Apple Music library gone issue.
🛠Fix 7. Update iCloud Music Library with iTunes
You can also update your music library to recover deleted playlists on Apple Music. In this way, you will most likely solve Apple Music playlist disappeared problem. Here is the method.
On Windows: Open iTunes and click on "File" > "Update iCloud Music Library".
On Mac: Open Music and click on "Update iCloud Library".
All music tracks should be quickly matched to the iTunes catalog or uploaded to the iCloud Music Library. Check whether it can restore Apple Music lost playlists.
🛠Fix 8. Resync Your Device with iTunes
If you've ever looked at your iTunes account or your iOS device's memory storage, you'll notice that the memory storage is divided into "Audio", "Apps", and "Other". Often, when you update iOS, Apple Music files are incorrectly categorized as "Other" media. And this will make you experience a problem with Apple Music library gone. As for this situation, follow the tutorial on how to get Apple Music playlists back.
Step 1. Use a USB cable to connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer. Then open iTunes on your computer.
Step 2. Click on your device in iTunes and click on the "Summary" option.
Step 3. Here you can see all sections on your device. If you find that the "Other" section is too big, you should know that the Apple Music playlists you missed are sorted in "Other".
Step 4. Sync your device with your iTunes and your deleted playlists should appear on Apple Music.
🛠Fix 9. Turn on 'Apple Music Playlist'
If you don't enable the 'Apple Music Playlist' option in your Apple Music app, then you may face the Apple Music playlists missing issue. So, here you can also try to activate it.
Step 1. Head to the Apple Music app on your mobile device.
Step 2. Click 'Library' > 'Edit'. If you find that the Playlist option is disabled, then turn it on.
🛠Fix 10. Update Apple Music App
Using an outdated Apple Music app may also cause the Apple Music library gone issue. So, you should check and update it if possible. Please go to the App Store on iOS devices or Google Play Store on the Android device to update the Apple Music app to the latest version.
🛠Fix 11. Check Recently Deleted Folder
You can also look at your recently deleted folder on the Apple Music app to see if there is any missing songs. Please follow below.
Step 1. Start the Music app from your iPhone.
Step 2. Touch the Library section and then choose 'Recently Deleted'.
If you find your lost Apple Music files here, then click on the 'Recover' button to restore it to your library.
🛠Fix 12. Try to Use VPN
Some songs or albums in the Apple Music library have locational/regional restrictions. In this case, you can try to use a VPN to bypass the location restriction and access the music content.
Part 3. Best Way to Avoid Apple Music Playlist Gone after Subscription
Even if you follow the solutions above and still face the problem of Apple Music playlists disappeared, then you can use the ultimate way to restore Apple Music library here. That is to use DRmare Apple Music Converter. It allows you to download any playlist from Apple Music with lossless sound quality. With 30x super-fast speed, you can download Apple Music tracks in batch. After downloading, you can save them on your computer's local drive. You don't have to worry about them disappearing anymore. Even your Apple Music subscription has expired, you can still keep them on your computer.
What's more, DRmare Apple Music Converter can convert Apple music to common audio formats. So you can transfer the downloaded playlists to USB drive or other devices for storage. Meanwhile, you can listen to these downloaded Apple music on any device you want. No stable Internet is required, and you can listen to Apple Music offline even without a subscription.
DRmare Apple Music Converter
Before starting the steps below, please download, and install the software first. You can install it quickly by clicking the "Download" button above. Or you can open the official website of DRmare to download the software.
- Step 1Launch the DRmare Audio Converter
- After the installation is finished, open the DRmare Audio Converter on your computer. The software will automatically launch Apple Music along with it to give you the convenience of copying the required music files.
- Step 2Import Apple Music playlists
- Click the first icon at the bottom to start adding Apple Music playlist to the converter. Please note that if you download songs from Apple Music, you must authorize your Mac to play those songs. Only then will the software convert these files.
- Step 3Customize Apple Music output parameters
- DRmare Audio Converter allows you to change the settings of the output music. Press the "Format" button to launch the format settings window. Here you can set Apple Music to MP3, etc. and select the output file type, the codec, channel, sample rate, and bit rate.
- Step 4Starting the downloading process
- Once the output settings are set, click the "Convert" button to start downloading Apple Music playlists. The software will unlock the protection and download Apple Music playlists in bulk.
- Step 5Keep Apple Music playlists forever
- You can now click on the "History" button to see the folder where the software placed the downloaded playlists. You can keep them forever and don't have to worry about the problem with Apple Music playlist disappeared.
Part 4. FAQs about "Apple Music Playlist Gone"
To give you a clearer picture of the problem with songs disappear from Apple Music library, we answered some frequently asked questions. We hope they will be helpful to you.
Q1: Why Did All My Apple Music Disappear?
A: The Apple Music library gone problem is mainly caused by several reasons, such as there is something wrong with your iCloud music library, your Apple Music subscription has expired, your iTunes account has been synced across devices, or the Show Apple Music option has been automatically turned off, etc.
Q2: Can You Recover a Deleted Playlist on Apple Music?
A: If you signed out of Apple Music and then lost your playlists, you can open "iCloud Music Library" on your iPhone. To do it, go to the Settings app and tap on "Music". Under the "Library" section, open "iCloud Music Library".
Q3: Does Apple Music Keep Playlists?
A: Apple Music playlists are stored in the app and saved on iCloud. When you open the Apple Music app, you will find your playlists stored there. However, you can't download your playlists to the internal storage of device. So, if you cancel your Apple Music subscription, you will no longer find your playlists even you have downloaded them before.
To keep your Apple Music playlists, you can use DRmare Apple Music Downloader. It downloads playlists from Apple Music to your local drive. So, you can keep them forever even you cancel your Apple Music subscription.
Part 5. Final Thoughts
You can use the simple tricks mentioned here to recover Apple Music playlist when you meet the problem of Apple Music library gone. Yet, these solutions may work for some people and may not work for others. So, the best way to avoid the Apple Music missing problem is to use DRmare Apple Music Converter. It can help you download playlists from Apple Music and you can keep them forever. And you can play Apple Music without a subscription and without an internet connection.