How to add or delete playlists on your iPhone's Music app to organise your music

AppleYou can add or delete a playlist on your iPhone’s Music app in a few simple steps.


You can easily create playlists to organise music on your iPhone – and you can just as easily delete them.

Whether this is your first time creating a playlist, or you’d like to add a new one to your ever-growing library, you can easily do so in the Music app. When you no longer want a playlist, you can also delete it by navigating back to its page and tapping a few buttons.

Before deleting a playlist, keep in mind that if you sync your music with iCloud, deleting a playlist from your iPhone will also remove that playlist from all of your devices.

Here’s how to do it.

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How to add a playlist in the Music app on an iPhone

1. Open the Music app on your iPhone.

2. Navigate to your Library by tapping the icon at the bottom of the screen.

3. Tap “Playlists” at the top of the page.

Image1Marissa Perino/Business InsiderYour Library home page, with ‘Playlists’ at the top of the list.

4. If you’ve never made a playlist before, you’ll be prompted immediately with the option to start making new ones. Tap the pink “New Playlist” button to begin.

Marissa Perino/Business InsiderTap ‘New Playlist’ to create a new list.

5. If you’ve already made playlists, you will see a list of your current playlists, along with the option to add a new playlist next to a large plus sign at the top of the screen. Tap this plus sign to begin.

Image3Marissa Perino/Business InsiderTap ‘New Playlist…’ to add another list.

6. Both options will bring you to the New Playlist screen. Here, you can add a title for your playlist, upload custom cover art, and write a description. Tap the green plus sign next to “Add Music” when you’re ready to start adding songs.

Marissa Perino/Business InsiderThe New Playlist setup page in the Music app.

7. After tapping “Add Music,” you’ll then have the option to see your music sorted by artist, album, or even from your pre-existing playlists. Your recently added music will also appear at the bottom of the screen.

Marissa Perino/Business InsiderYou can see your music sorted by Artist, Album, Song (meaning title), and more.

8. Tap “Done” in the upper-right hand corner when your playlist is complete. You can always add more music by tapping “Edit” at the top right hand corner of the screen, and then tapping the green plus sign by “Add Music” again.

How to delete a playlist in the Music app on an iPhone

1. Open your Music app again, and navigate back to your Library playlists.

2. Tap to open the playlist you’d like to delete.

3. Tap the three dots near the right hand corner of the screen, directly above the “Shuffle” option.

Image6Marissa Perino/Business InsiderTap the three dots above ‘Shuffle.’

4. In the pop-up menu, select “Delete from Library” next to the trashcan icon.

Image8Marissa Perino/Business InsiderThe pop-up menu for a playlist.

5. You’ll be asked if you’re sure you’d like to delete the playlist from your Library. If you’re syncing your music with iCloud, removing this playlist from your iPhone will also delete the playlist from all of your devices. Tap “Delete Playlist” to confirm.

Image9Marissa Perino/Business InsiderTap ‘Delete Playlist’ to confirm your choice.
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