How to Add Songs to a Playlist in Apple Music Without Adding It to Library

Every song that finds it way to your playlist need not be included in your already gigantic music library. Did you know that you could add a song to a playlist in Apple Music without adding it to your music library on your iPhone, iPad, Android, Apple TV, Mac and Windows PC? Let me show you how this feature works:

As someone who loves listening to music, I have compiled a huge music library. To ensure the catalog remains uncluttered, I use a few simple hacks to manage it cleverly. And one of the tricks that I have been using for quite some time is to add a song to a playlist in Apple Music without having to add it to the library.

For instance, when you make a playlist for fun music, you can choose to add songs to that playlist without including them in your Library. Just ensure that your iPhone is running iOS 9.3 or later, iTunes has 12.3.3 or later, tvOS is powered by 9.2 or later, and Apple Music is 0.9.7 or later on Android.

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How to Add Song to Playlist in Apple Music Without Adding it to Library on iPhone, iPad, Android, Apple TV, Mac and Windows

How to Add a song to a playlist in Apple Music without adding it to your library on iPhone, iPad, Android, Apple TV, Mac and Windows

On your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch:

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iOS device.

Step #2. Now, scroll down and tap on Music.

Open Settings App and Tap on Music on iPhone

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Step #3. Next, turn off Add Playlist Songs.

How to Add Song to Playlist in Apple Music Without Adding it to Library on iPhone or iPad

On your Mac or Windows PC

Step #1. Launch iTunes on your computer.

On your Mac: From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, select iTunes → Preferences.

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Click on Preferences in iTunes on Mac

Click on the General tab, uncheck the box for “Add songs to Library when adding to playlists” to turn the option off → in the end, click on OK to save your changes.

Add Song to Playlist in Apple Music Without Adding it to Library on Mac

On your Windows PC: From the menu bar at the top of the iTunes window, select Edit → Preferences.

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Click Preferences in iTunes on Windows PC

Click on the General tab, uncheck the box for “Add songs to Library when adding to playlists” to turn the option off → click on OK to save your changes.

Add Song to Playlist in Apple Music Without Adding it to Library on Windows PC

On your Apple TV (4th generation)

Step #1. Open Settings app on your Apple TV.

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Step #2. Now, click on AppsMusic.

Next, you need to swipe down on the Touch surface of your remote to “Add Playlist Songs to Library,” then click the Touch surface to turn it off.

On your Android phone:

Step #1. Launch Apple Music app on your Android and tap on the menu button in the top right corner.

Step #2. Now, tap on Settings.

Tap on Menu then Settings in Apple Music on Android Phone

Step #3. Next, turn off the switch next to “Add Playlist Songs.”

Add Song to Playlist in Apple Music Without Adding it to Library on Android Device

That’s it!

At any time you wish to automatically include your songs to your library, follow the same steps on your device and turn on the toggle for Add Playlist Songs

Have your say

There are many other ways you can keep your music catalog organized. If you know any such trick, let us know that in the comments.

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Jignesh Padhiyarhttps://www.igeeksblog.com
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.

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