How to Share a Playlist on Apple Music

Kris Wouk

Sharing playlists is a great way to introduce your friends to your favorite music. It’s easy on Apple Music, although sometimes you may run into problems. We’ll show you how to share your playlist and what to do if you don’t see the option.

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How to Share Apple Music Playlists

Sharing Apple Music playlists differs slightly between mobile devices and computers, so we’ve got the steps for each below.

It’s important to note that anyone you share a playlist with will also need an Apple Music subscription to listen to your shared playlist. If they use Spotify instead, you can follow our guide to transfer playlist to Spotify and share the playlist that way.

You may not see the “Share Playlist” button by following our instructions. This likely means you haven’t set up an Apple Music profile, and we’ve got a fix for that below.

Share Playlists on iPhone and iPad

To share a playlist from your mobile device, open the Apple Music app, tap the Library icon at the bottom of the screen, then select Playlists.

Choose the playlist you want to share, then tap on it. Here, tap on the three-dot icon at the top of the screen. From the menu that appears, select “Share Playlist”.

Share Apple Music Playlist on iPhone

The share sheet will appear with various options for sharing your playlist. Tap Copy to get a link to the reading list, or select from the various apps available to share via text, email, or another messaging app.

Share Sheet for Apple Music Playlist on iPhone

Share Apple Music Playlists on Mac and PC

Open the Apple Music app on macOS or the iTunes app on Windows. Once the app is open, find and open the playlist you want to share.

Tap the three-dot icon on the right side, directly above the songs in the playlist.

Click the Share option, then choose from the available options to copy the link or share via Messages, Mail or another app.

Share an Apple Music playlist

RELATED: How to Transfer Your Apple Music Playlists to Spotify

Can’t share your Apple Music playlists? here’s why

Sharing playlists is a simple process. Choose a playlist, select the Share button, and that’s it. But that Share button doesn’t always seem to be where you want it to be.

There’s usually a reason why this happens: you haven’t created an Apple Music profile. Until you have an Apple Music profile, you won’t be able to share any of your playlists with anyone.

The other reason you might not be able to share playlists is if you haven’t merged your local music library with Apple’s Cloud Music Library. This is only a problem if you use Apple Music with your own library of music files.

For this second issue, select “Merge Library” when prompted on your PC, or choose “Enable” under “Library sync is disabled” on your iPhone or iPad. For most people, however, the problem will be that you don’t have an Apple Music profile yet.

How to Create an Apple Music Profile

Creating an Apple Music profile is a simple and easy process, but the steps differ depending on whether you are creating the profile on a mobile device or not.

It should be noted that to create a profile, you need to subscribe to Apple Music.

Create an Apple Music Profile on iPhone and iPad

Open the Apple Music app on your iPhone or iPad, then tap the “Listen Now” tab at the bottom left of the screen. Now tap the icon in the upper right section of this screen.

If you’ve already set up an Apple Music profile, you’ll see it here. Assuming you haven’t set up an Apple Music profile yet, you’ll see a prompt here titled “Set Up Profile”. Tap it to continue.

Find the prompt to set up Apple Music profile on iPhone

From there, the app will guide you through the profile creation process. You’ll choose a username, help others find you (assuming you wanted to), and follow your friends.

Once this process is complete, you are ready to share playlists. We have the steps for you later in the article.

Create an Apple Music Profile on Mac or PC

Creating an Apple Music profile on a Mac is similar to creating a profile on an iPhone. To get started, launch the Apple Music app. If you’re on Windows, open the iTunes app, select Music from the top left menu, then select For You.

In either app, select Listen Now from the left menu, then at the top right of the main window, select the My Account icon, which will display your photo or initials.

Now create the Start button. Like on a mobile device, the app will guide you through the process.

Prompt to set up Apple Music profile on macOS

If lyrics matter as much as music to you, check out our guide to sharing Apple Music song lyrics.

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