21 Apple Music tips and tricks for iPhone (iOS 17)

Despite the cut-throat competition from various music apps like Spotify and Apple Music, Apple Music remains by far one of the best-streaming music apps with millions of users. Apart from boasting the largest library of tracks, the app is feature-packed and includes tons of customization for a personalized music-listening experience. Whether you are new to Apple Music or just hunting down the best Apple Music Tips and tricks to get the best out of it, this guide has got you covered. 

Get the Most Out of Apple Music with These Tips and Tricks

Here are some useful tips and tricks for Apple Music that you might find interesting.

Tip#1. Explore the Apple Music App

Taking a moment to explore and get known with the Music App is worth it. 

  • Listen Now: Let you know what you recently played, mixes made for you, recommended radio stations, and recommendations based on your listening history. 
  • Browse: Go through a premade playlist, radio show, new music, tips, and top charts. 
  • Radio: Described further in the next section, you can go to the Radio Tab to listen to a station.
  • Library: In this menu, you’ll get music playlists, songs, albums, compilations, and downloaded items.
  • Search: Look for songs, albums, radio stations, shows, and more with the help of a search box. Jot down your request, or use the microphone icon to speak it. 

Use the shortcut menus

Long press a song: Along with other items you’ll read below, you can long press to see full lyrics even without playing the song or creating a station with it. 

Long press an album: You can long press an album or one of your playlists to add it to your listening queue, either at the end or beginning. 

Tip#2. Take advantage of radio stations

The radio stations in Apple Music are one of the options for background music while work to play. They offer a continuous stream of songs and podcasts so you can relax and listen without lifting your fingertip. 

Step 1: Launch the Music App on your iPhone > Tap on Radio in the Bottom Menu.

Open Music App Select Radio on iPhone

Step 2: Next, Click on Top stations > Tap on Artist interviews > Listen to a radio with your favorite artist.

Select Top stations Tap on artist interviews Listen to a radio with your favourite artist on iPhone

Tip#3. Check out premade playlists

If you want to try new songs, why not one of the premade playlists in the Music app? The songs are designed for you, and you can skip over the tunes you don’t like; you can choose various genres like activity, country, workouts, etc.

Step 1: Launch the Music App on your iPhone > Tap on Browse in the Bottom Menu > Click on Top-Tier Playlists.

Open Music App Select Browse Tap on Top Playlists on iPhone

Step 2: Hit on the Playlist > Select the Play button to Enjoy the Music > Select Three Dots next to it and Tap on add it to your library.

Tap on Playlist Select Play a Song Tap on Three Dots next to Song Select Add to Library on iPhone

  

Tip#4. Automatically add song to your library

If you find something interesting and want to add it to your playlist, you can also plop it automatically into your Music Library. This means the song is always available to you, even when you delete it from a playlist.

Step 1: Launch the Settings App on your iPhone > Select Music > Enable the Add Playlist Songs. After this, any song you add to your playlist will be available in your library. 

Open Settings app Select Music Enable the toggle next to the Add Playlist Songs on iPhone

Tip#5. View your Apple Music Replay

After using Apple Music for a long time, you’ll get the playlist of the songs you listen to most of the time. It’s automatically generated for you; Apple Music Replay allows you to easily access the songs you played more than others.

Step 1: Access the Music App on your iPhone.

Step 2: Tap on Browse and swipe down to the bottom.

Step 3: You’ll see a section tagged as Replay: Your Songs by Year with a playlist for each.

Step 4: Pick up the one to review and tap on Play to listen. 

Tip#6. Check what your friend is listening to

If you and your friend share the same music taste, it’s always fun to know what type of music they are listening to right now. Here’s how.

Step 1: Access the Apple Music App on your iPhone.

Step 2: Tap on your Profile Icon in the top right corner. 

Step 3: Tap on Set Up Profile > Get Started. Then, give your profile Name & Username and set a profile picture. Tap Continue to Find Contacts

Step 4: In the Follow Friends screen, follow the desired friend and tap on Next.

Step 5: From Choose who can follow your screen, select either Everyone or People you approve. Tap Next.

Step 6: In the Show off your Playlists, select the box next to the desired playlist. Next, tap Done. Now, share your profile with friends and family, let others find you, and decide what you want to share.

Step 7: After this, find and follow the friends who have set up Apple Music Profiles. You can do the same when you set up your profile or later by selecting Follow More Friends on your profile screen.

Alternatively, select your Profile Icon and choose your name. You’ll see who you’re following and select friends to see exactly what they’re listening to.

Tip#7. Sing, search, or share with song lyrics

Besides having access to the song lyrics, you can search for a song using particular lyrics and share specific lyrics with others. Here’s how.

View Song Lyrics

Step 1: Launch the Apple Music App on your iPhone > Tap on Library > Select Songs.

Open Music App Select Library Tap on Songs on iPhone

Step 2: Tap on Play the desired song > While playing the song in the Now Playing, Select the Lyrics Icon > You’ll see the synced lyrics moving as the song continues.

Tap on Desired Song to Play Click on Lyrics icon see the synced lyrics moving as the song continues on iPhone

Search with Lyrics

Step 1: Open the Music App and tap on the search bar at the top. 

Step 2: Type or use a microphone to speak song lyrics.

Step 3: You can select between Your Library and Apple Music to find the song that matches your lyrics.

Share Lyrics

When you view lyrics for currently playing a song as shown above, long press on the desired song, you want to share. You’ll then see the lyrics in a pop-up on a separate screen where you can share it using AirDrop, Social Media, or a Message. 

Tip#8. Create and share a playlist

Unlike accessing your friend’s playlist, you can now create and share playlists directly with them. This helps create a playlist of songs you know they’ll love. 

To create a playlist based on a song, 

Step 1: Launch the Apple Music App on your iPhone and Tap on Top Playlists > Long-press the song or Select Three Dots.

Tap on Top playlists Touch and Hold to the Song on iPhone

Step 2: From the Pop-Up, Select Add To Playlist > Tap on New Playlist and follow on-screen instructions to Create a Playlist.

Tap to the Add tp a Playlist Select New Playlist Create Name for Playlist on iPhone

To create a new playlist from scratch, 

Launch the Music App on your iPhone > Select Library Tab > Tap on Playlists > Click on New Playlist.

Open Music App Select Library Tap on Playlist Select New Playlist on iPhone

Once you’ve created a playlist, here’s how to share it!

To share a playlist via Mail, Messages, AirDrop, etc, 

Touch and Hold the playlist and Select Share Playlist > After this, Choose the preferred sharing option via Mail, Messages, AirDrop, etc,

Open Music App Select Library Tap on Playlist Select New Playlist on iPhone

To share a playlist via SharePlay: 

Touch and Hold the playlist > Select SharePlay > Choose the Preferred Sharing Option via Messages.

Touch and Hold Playlist Select Share Playlist via Messages on iPhone

Tip#9. Listen to Apple Music without the internet

If you frequently travel somewhere with no or weak internet, then fuss not; you can listen to Apple Music offline. All you need to do is download the song you want, and you’re ready to go when no signal message appears on the screen.

Step 1: Launch the Apple Music App on your iPhone Tap on Library > Select Playlists.

Open Music App Select Library Tap on Playlists on iPhone

Step 2: Tap or Touch and Hold the Three Dots Next to the song > Select one to Add to your Library or Add to a Playlist. 

Tap on Playlist Touch and Hold to the right of the song Tap Add to your Library on iPhone

Step 3: Once you have added the song to your Library, Access your Library and Select the Songs to open it > After this, Tap or Touch and Hold the three dots next to the song > Select Download.

Tap on Library Select Songs Tap Three Dots next to Song Select Download on iPhone

Note: If you want to see how much space is acquired by downloading music,

Step 1: Launch the Settings app on your iPhone > Tap on Music.

Open Settings App Select Music on iPhone

Step 2: Click on Downloaded Music > See All Downloaded Songs.

Tap on Downloaded Music on iPhone

Tip#10. Change the Sound Quality 

What makes Apple Music convenient is that it lets you change the sound quality to booming bass to a toned-down instrumental background, etc. To enhance your Apple Music quality, follow the steps below. 

Step 1: Launch the Settings App on your iPhone > Swipe down to Select Music.

Open Settings App Select Music on iPhone

Step 2: In the Audio Section, you’ll get different Audio features. Tap on Dolby Atmos > By default, this feature is set to Automatic. You can change it to Always On if you want to use Dolby Atmos, even if your earphones don’t support it. 

Tap on Dolby Atmos Choose Always on option on iPhone

Step 3: Tap on Audio Quality > Enable Lossless Audio.

Tap on Audio Quality Enable Lossless Audio on iPhone

Step 4: Tap on EQ > You can Choose one from various EQ presets, such as piano, dance, pop, rock, bass, and more. 

Tap on EQ Choose Piano on iPhone

Tip#11. Croon karaoke with Apple Music Sing

It’s always great to sing along with lyrics, but what’s even better is when your voice is only one. Unlike karaoke bars you visit on weekends, Apple Music Sing allows you to right from bed. 

To do so, play the song normally and select the Lyrics Icon. Warm up your local cords and then select Karaoke Icon. 

You’ll then see the song’s vocals vanish, and the melody and the lyrics stay on the screen for you to enjoy the song. Remember, this feature is available on the iPhone SE 3rd generation, iPhone 11 series, and later versions. However, if you found the feature isn’t working, read our article on Apple Music Sing not working.  

Tip#12. Watch music videos on Apple Music

Step 1: Launch the Apple Music app on your iPhone > Tap on Browse in the Bottom Menu > Scroll down to More to Explore Section > Select Music Videos.

Open Apple Music App Select Browse Tap on More to Explore section Select Music Videos on iPhone

Step 2: On the Next Screen, you’ll see the Section of Videos alongside the video playlist and everything from new songs by genre. 

see the section of videos on iPhone

Tip#13. Receive Music Notifications

If you want to keep receiving song notifications from your favorite artist frequently, you can enable these notifications in the Music app. To do so, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Launch the Apple Music App on your iPhone > Tap on Profile Icon in the top right corner.

Open Music App Select Profile icon on iPhone

Step 2: Select Notifications > Turn on the toggle next to the New Music and Friend Activity.

Tap on Notification Enable New Music and Friend Activity on iPhone

Besides this, ensure that iPhone Notifications is turned on for the Music App.

Step 1: Launch the Settings App on your iPhone > Tap on Notifications.

Open Settings App Select Notifications on iPhone

Step 2: Select Music > Enable toggle next to the Allow Notifications. 

Tap on Music Enable Allow Notifications on iPhone

Tip#14. Free music from your iPhone’s Storage

If you keep downloading various songs, playlists, and albums, it could lead to higher iPhone storage space. Luckily, Apple offers a feature, “Optimize Storage,” that will automatically delete the song you haven’t listened to in a long time once the device starts running out of Storage. Here’s how. 

Step 1: Launch the Settings App on your iPhone > Swipe Down to Select Music.

Open Settings App Select Music on iPhone

Step 2: Select Optimize Storage > Enable the toggle next to Optimize Storage.

Tap on Optimise storage Enable Optimise storage on iPhone

 

Tip#15. Set an Apple Music Song as an Alarm 

Step 1: Launch the Clock App on your iPhone > Tap on Alarms in the Bottom Menu > Select Edit in the top left corner.

Open Clock App Select Alarm Tap on Edit on iPhone

Step 2: Tap on Specific Alarms > Pick-up Sound.

Pick up specific alarms Pick-up Sound on iPhone

Step 3: In the Songs Menu, Tap on Pick a Song > Tap on Songs.

Tap on Pick a Song Select Songs on iPhone

Step 4: Select a Song accordingly. 

Tap on Pick a Song Select Songs on iPhone

Tip#16. Create a soundtrack to your photos

With iOS 15, Apple rolled out a deeper integration between photos and music apps. In particular, it permits Apple Music subscribers to choose songs to play while using the Memories features within the Photos App. To do so, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Launch the Photos App on your iPhone > Tap on For You in the Bottom Menu > Select the Memories Tab and pick up a Specific Memory to which you want to add music.

Open Photos App Tap on For you Select Memories Tab on iPhone

Step 2: Tap on the Music Icon in the bottom left corner, and you’ll be redirected to the Music App > Select Song > Tap on Done.

Tap on the Music Icon redirected to the Music App Select Song Tap Done on iPhone

Tip#17. Apple Music’s use Listening History feature

In a nutshell, the Use Listening History feature allows Apple Music to Track your listening activity. This keeps your personalized playlist, like favorites and replay, updated. It helps Apple Music algorithm offer accurate song recommendations. But if you no longer want everyone to know your passion, you make the info private. 

Step 1: Launch the Music App on your iPhone > Tap on your Profile icon.

Open Music App Select Profile icon on iPhone

Step 2: Tap on your Profile  > Select Edit > Disable the toggle next to the Listening To.

Tap on Profile Picture Select Edit Disable Listening to on iPhone

Tip#18. Customize Apple Music with Love and Dislike 

Another effective way of helping Apple Music understand your music tastes is making songs, playlists, and albums with either ‘Love’ or ‘Dislike.’ To do so, hit three dots and mark them accordingly. Apple Music, learn your song taste and use this to shape future suggestions. 

Tip#19. iCloud Music Library

An extra that comes with Apple Music’s paid version, iCloud Music Library, allows you to store up to 100,000 tracks in the cloud and differentiates from your regular iCloud storage capacity. Anything you store offers access to your saved music on up to ten devices. Here’s how to enable iCloud Music Library.

Step 1: Launch the Settings App on your iPhone > Swipe down to Select Music > Enable the toggle next to the Sync Library

Open Settings App Tap on Music Enable Sync Library on iPhone

 

Tip#20. Listen to lossless music on your iPhone

Apple Music offers access to millions of tracks encoded using lossless audio compression to Apple Music subscribers. It’s a form of compression that preserves all original data. The feature is also known as Apple Lossless Audio Codec—the entire. The entire music catalog is encoded via ALAC in resolutions ranging from 16 bit/44.1 kHz up to 24 bit/192 kHz.

Step 1: Launch the Settings App on your iPhone > Swipe down to Select Music.

Open Settings App Select Music on iPhone

Step 2: Hit on Audio Quality > Enable Lossless Audio > Choose Wi-Fi Streaming.

Select Audio Quality Enable Lossless Audio Select Wi-Fi Streaming on iPhone

Step 3: Choose Hi-Res Lossless for a maximum resolution of 24-bit/192 kHz for Wi-Fi Streaming > Tap on Downloads > Select Lossless for a maximum resolution of 24-bit/48 kHz.

Choose Hi-Res Lossless for Wi-Fi Streaming Select Lossless for Downloads on iPhone

The audio quality of streamed music depends on network conditions, song availability, and the capability of connected speakers or headphones. 

Tip#21. Enable Spatial Audio

Note: If you paid Apple Music, you can listen to selected songs in Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos. 

Before performing the procedure, ensure your iPhone is updated to the latest iOS version.

Step 1: Launch the Settings App on your iPhone > Swipe down to Select Music.

Open Settings App Select Music on iPhone

Step 2: In the Audio Section, Tap on Dolby Atmos > Choose one from Automatic, Always On or Off.  

Tap on Dolby Atmos Choose Always on option on iPhone

Final Verdict!

That’s It! These are some of the best Apple Music tips and tricks. Further, if you have some Apple Music tips that aren’t mentioned in the article, then feel free to drop them in the comment box below. 

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