15 Apple Music tips and tricks for iPhone (iOS 16)

Perhaps this is your first iPhone, or you’ve never used the Music app before. Check out these 15 suggestions for getting the most out of Apple Music on your iPhone because it’s a great tool for listening to your favourite music or finding new songs!

1. Explore the Apple Music app

It’s worthwhile to spend a few seconds exploring and getting acquainted with the Music app. Then, you’ll always be aware of where to look for the music you like and where to look for any hidden elements.

  • Listen Now: See your recently played songs, mixes made for you, recommended radio stations, and suggestions based on your listening history.
  • Browse: Look through premade playlists (below), new music, radio shows, tips, and the top charts.
  • Radio: Described further in the next section, you can head to the Radio tab to listen to a station.
  • Library: This contains all of your music playlists, albums, songs, compilations, and downloaded items.
  • Search: Look for artists, songs, albums, radio stations, shows, and more using the Search box. Type your request or use the microphone icon to speak it.

Use the shortcut menus

You can also access a list of handy shortcuts with a long-press (tap and hold).

  • Long-press a song: Along with the other items you’ll read about below, you can long-press a song to see the full lyrics without playing the song or to create 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 beginning or the end.

2. Take advantage of radio stations

The Apple Music radio stations are fantastic for providing background music while you work or play. They provide a never-ending stream of music, television shows, and podcasts so you can just unwind and listen without doing anything.

  1. Tap the Radio tab at the bottom of the app.
  2. You can then browse through the various stations.
  3. Listen to a radio show with your favorite host or artist, recent episodes of that new podcast, or artist interviews.

You can also check out music stations by genre, listen to Apple Music hits, or hear songs from around the globe. Simply select a station and enjoy!

3. Check out premade playlists

Why not try one of the predefined playlists in the Music app if you want to try something new? You may easily skip over the songs you don’t like because they have already been put together for you. Choose a style, like country, an activity, like working out, or a decade, like the 1990s.

  1. Tap the Browse tab at the bottom of the home page in Music app.
  2. You can then scroll through options from top picks to music by mood to your favorite musical decade.

3. Choose the playlist you want to hear, tap the Play button, and you’re set.

When you come across a song you want to keep, hit the three dots to the right of it to add it to your collection or a playlist you’ve created. Tap the + icon in the top right to add the full playlist to your collection.

4. Automatically add songs to your library

You may also instantly add a song to your music library when you locate one you want to include in a playlist. This means that even if you delete the playlist, you will always have access to the song.

  1. Open the Settings app → Choose Music.
  2. Then, turn on the toggle for Add Playlist Songs.
    Moving forward, any song you add to a playlist will also appear in your library.

3. Head to the Library tab to locate the song or use the Search tab to find it fast.

5. Hear more of what you like (and less of what you don’t)

You can tell Apple Music what you like and don’t like, regardless of whether you’re learning about a new genre, artist, or style. You may easily hear more of what you like and less of what you don’t like by using the Love and Suggest Less options.

  • When you see a song you want to mark, long-press it until the shortcut menu appears. You can also use the three dots to the right of a song to open the menu.
  • Then, tap Love to show you like the song.
    If you change your mind later, do the same and tap Unlove.
  • If you don’t like a particular song, you may alternatively select Suggest Less. Then, Apple Music makes an effort to prevent comparable music from showing up in its recommendations. If you decide to change your mind, simply repeat the procedure by tapping Undo Suggest Less.

Additionally, you can enable listening history for the Music app to see your recently played songs and receive replay mixes. Open Settings → Music and turn on the toggle for Use Listening History.

6. View your Apple Music Replay

You’ll discover a playlist of the songs you most frequently listened to after using the Music app for a while. Apple Music Replay provides you with easy access to the music you’ve played the most frequently.

  • Go to the Browse tab and scroll to the very bottom.
  • You should see a section titled Replay: Your Top Songs by Year with a playlist for each.
  • Select one to review it and tap Play to listen.

If you ever wondered what your most streamed songs on Apple Music were in 2020 or even 2015, Apple Music Replay lets you know.

7. See what your friends are listening to

It’s fun to check out what your friends are listening to right now if you and your friends have similar musical likes. This is a fantastic method to hear something new or to converse while listening to that cheerful new song.

  1. To get started, create an Apple Music profile by tapping your profile icon on the top right.
  2. You can then share your profile with friends, let others find you, and decide what you want to share.

3. Next, find and follow friends who have also set up Apple Music profiles. You can do this when you set up your own profile or later by selecting Follow More Friends on your profile screen.

4. To see which songs your pals are playing, head to the Listen Now tab and Friends Are Listening To section.

Alternately, tap the icon for your profile and then choose your name. You may select a friend to see exactly what they are listening to and you can see who you are following.

8. Sing, search, or share with song lyrics

The Music app is an excellent tool for singing along because it provides access to song lyrics. However, there are other things you can do with Apple Music’s lyrics. You can use a specific lyric to choose a music and share that line with other people.

View song lyrics

  1. While a song is playing in the Now Playing bar, tap the Lyrics icon.

2. You’ll see the synced lyrics move as the song continues. Simply tap to display the playback controls if necessary.

Search with lyrics

  1. Head to the Search tab and type or use the microphone to speak the song lyric.
  2. You can choose between Apple Music and Your Library to find the song with the matching lyric. 

Share lyrics

Long-press the lyrics you want to share when you see the song’s lyrics while it is playing as mentioned above. As soon as it does, a new screen will appear where you may share it via AirDrop, Messages, or social media.

9. Create and share playlists

You can make a playlist and share it with your friends, much like you can see what your friends are listening to. This is great for putting together a playlist of songs you know they’ll enjoy.

  • To create a new playlist from scratch: Go to the Library tab → Select Playlists and tap New Playlist at the top. Then, follow the prompts.
  • To create a playlist based off of a song: Long-press the song or tap the three dots → Pick Add to Playlist. Then, pick New Playlist and follow the prompts.

Once you create, it’s time to share!

  • To share a playlist via Messages, Mail, AirDrop, or a similar avenue: Long-press the playlist and pick Share Playlist. Then, choose your sharing option and follow the prompts.
  • To share a playlist via SharePlay: Long-press the playlist and pick SharePlay. Select a contact and then pick Messages or FaceTime and follow the prompts.

For more details on how to share playlists on Apple Music, check out our how-to.

10. Make Smart Playlists

Smart Playlists can be put together automatically, much like a playlist you make in Apple Music. Simply establish the requirements for the songs you want to add. The new song will then appear in the Smart Playlist so that you can listen to it as soon as it is added to your library and meets those requirements.

Although making Smart Playlists is not currently supported by the Music app on the iPhone, you do have options. In order to access the Smart Playlist on your iPhone, create it on your Mac and sync it with the Music app. Setting up a shortcut on your iPhone to build the Smart Playlist is a second choice.

View our guide to setting up a Smart Playlist to create one on an iPhone using one of these methods.

11. Listen to Apple Music without internet

If you travel somewhere with weak or no internet, did you know that you can listen to Apple Music offline? Just download the songs you want, and you’re ready when that “no signal” message comes into view.

  1. In order to download a song, you’ll need to add it to your library or a playlist.
    Long-press or tap the three dots to the right of the song and choose one of Add to Library or Add to a Playlist.
  2. Once you’ve added the song, open your library or playlist to select it.
  3. Then, long-press or tap the three dots and pick Download.

To download one of your playlists, select it to open it. Then, tap the Download button (down arrow) on the top right.

If you’d like to see your downloaded music and how much space it takes up, go to Settings → Music and select Downloaded Music.

12. Enhance the sound

Do you enjoy music with a strong bass line, a muted instrumental background, or a prominent guitar? With a few options and simple procedures, you can improve the sound quality of the songs you listen to in the Music app.

Open the Settings app → choose Music. Then, move down to the Audio section to adjust the following sound options.

  • Dolby Atmos: This is set to Automatic by default which uses spatial audio for supported songs. But, you can change it to Always On if you like which uses Dolby Atmos even if your earphones don’t support it.
  • Audio Quality: If you enable the toggle for Lossless Audio, you’ll get that high-quality sound you enjoy. Just note as the setting describes, this can cause more data consumption.
  • EQ: To tune the audio for bass, dance, piano, pop, rock, and other musical genres, you can select from a variety of EQ presets. You can also look at EQ apps for the iPhone if you like to customise the equaliser without preset settings like these.

13. Croon karaoke with Apple Music Sing

It’s fun to sing along with song lyrics, but singing alone is far more enjoyable. Apple Music Sing enables you to perform from your couch, much like that karaoke bar you frequent on the weekends.

Play a song normally, then hit the Lyrics icon to view the song’s lyrics. Tap the Karaoke icon (magic wand) when you’ve warmed up your voice chords.

The voices of the song suddenly disappear, but the tune is still present, and the lyrics are still visible on the screen for you to sing along with.

The third-generation iPhone SE and iPhone models in the iPhone 11 series and beyond support the feature. Visit our how-to for utilising Apple Music Sing for more information.

14. Watch music videos on Apple Music

You may not realize it, but the Music app has an entire section of music videos for you to enjoy. 

  1. Go to the Browse tab.
  2. Scroll to the bottom below More to Explore.
  3. Tap Music Videos.

You’ll then see a great selection of videos along with video playlists and everything from new music to songs by genre to options for kids and family.

15. Receive Music notifications

If you never want to miss that new song by your favorite artist or when a friend follows you, you can enable these notifications in the Music app. 

  1. Select your profile icon on the top right.
  2. Then, on the profile screen, choose Notifications.
  3. Enable the toggles for New Music and Friend Activity.

Also, make sure you have your iPhone Notifications enabled for the Music app.
Go to Settings → Notifications → Music and turn on the toggle for Allow Notifications.

What’s your favorite Apple Music feature?

With these pointers, using Apple Music on an iPhone should be a breeze. You’ll love the Music app even more if you want to see song lyrics, do karaoke, or enhance the sound of your favourite songs.

Let us know which of these features, or others not mentioned here, are your Apple Music favorites!

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