Apple Music and several other streaming services sync your favorite songs and playlists across devices. So you can enjoy them seamlessly no matter what device you use to access Apple Music. But what if Apple Music is missing some songs or playlists on your iPhone and they are available on your MacBook? It looks rather strange. Do not worry. We have gathered some solutions in this guide to help you fix Apple Music sync errors between your Mac and iPhone.
First, make sure both devices (Mac and iPhone) are connected to the same Apple ID account. Also, check that you have an active Apple Music subscription – go to Settings> on your iPhone [Your Name] > Subscriptions and make sure that “Apple Music Subscription” is in the “Active” section. Finally, check that your iPhone and Mac have active internet connections. It’s super important.
If internet connection is the problem, check out these how-to guides on troubleshooting cellular data issues and reconnecting Wi-Fi on an iPhone. Otherwise, continue with the solutions in the next section.
1. Trigger library synchronization manually
It is entirely possible that with your Apple Music subscription, your music library is not synchronized across devices despite an active internet connection. In such cases, you can trigger the synchronization manually.
Some Mac users who have had similar difficulty syncing Apple Music could work around the problem by using change their music libraries. Whenever you make changes to your music library – on your iPhone – it will cause Apple Music to sync your Mac’s music library with your iPhone.
You can try adding a random song to your playlist, changing the name of a playlist, or even creating a new playlist. Nothing at all. That should get your iPhone’s Apple Music to get updated information from your Mac or other connected devices.
2. Restart devices
Still can’t sync your Mac’s Apple Music library with your iPhone? Turn both devices off and then back on again, starting with your iPhone. If the problem persists when your iPhone turns back on, restart your Mac and see if that helps.
3. Update iOS
If Apple Music library sync is not working properly on your devices, Apple recommends updating its operating system to the latest version. Go to Settings> General> Software Update and tap “Download and Install” to update your iPhone.
To update macOS on your Mac, navigate to System Preferences> Software Update and click the Update Now button.
4. Enable library synchronization
You should also check that library sync is turned on on your Mac and iPhone. If disabled on one of the devices, Apple Music will have different content on your devices even if they are associated with the same Apple ID.
How to enable Apple Music Library syncing on iPhone
Step 1: Launch Settings and choose Music.
Step 2: Make sure that Sync Library is checked.
If the option is already turned on, turn it off and then on again. This could also help Apple Music sync your Mac’s music library with your iPhone.
How to enable Apple Music Library syncing on Mac
Step 1: Start the Music app and click on Music in the menu bar at the top right.
Step 2: Next, choose Settings.
Step 3: On the General tab, make sure the Sync Library option is checked. If already activated, you can deactivate the option and activate it again. Click on OK to save the changes.
5. Check the Apple Music status
If there is an interruption in Apple Music service in your region or worldwide, you may experience difficulty syncing your music library between your Mac and iPhone. Visit the to confirm Apple system support page and check that the lights next to Apple Music, Apple Music radio, and Apple Music subscriptions are green. This means that Apple Music’s servers are active and online.
If the indicators are yellow, the servers are down and you may not be able to use some of the Apple Music features and services. In that case, all you can do is wait for Apple to fix things in the end.
6. Restore Apple ID
If none of the recommended solutions above are enough, then you should remove your Apple ID account from your iPhone and sign in again. Before going any further, it is a good idea to create a backup of your iPhone so that you don’t lose any data when you log out of Apple ID.
To sign out of Apple ID on iPhone, go to Settings, click your name, and then tap the Sign Out option.
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Assuming you followed the methods and instructions above, you should no longer have any problems accessing your Apple Music library on your MacBook and iPhone.
Do you want to prevent Apple Music from automatically downloading songs or albums to your iPhone, Mac or PC? Then you should read the guide linked below to learn how to achieve this.