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Apple has added a new social sharing feature in Apple Music on iOS 11. It allows you to discover the music your friends are listening to and also share yours with them. Want to find out how it works? To get started, you need to first make an Apple Music profile to connect with your friends on your iOS 11 device.

You get the option to customize your account and choose who can discover your shared music. At any time, you don't want to share the music you listen to, you can remove it from your profile.

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How to Create Apple Music Profile in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPadWhether you are already subscribed to Apple Music or making the most of the three-month trial period, follow through this quick guide to set up Apple Music profile to connect with friends.

How to Create an Apple Music Profile in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad to Connect with Friends

Note: You can follow these (almost) same steps to make Apple Music profile on your Mac running macOS High Sierra as well.

Step #1. Launch Apple Music on your iOS device.

Open Apple Music on Your iPhone

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Note: When you open Apple Music for the first time after installing iOS 11, you will get a direct link to “Get Started.” Hence, tap on it to start things off.

Step #2. Now, tap the “For You” tab → Tap on your profile picture at the top right corner.

Tap on Your Profile in iOS 11 Apple Music App

Step #3. Tap on “Start Sharing with Friends.”

Tap on Start Sharing With Friends in Apple Music on iPhone

Step #4. Tap on “Get Started.”

Tap on Get Started in Apple Music on iPhone

Step #5. Now, you have to upload a profile photo, enter your name, select a username to let other Apple Music users find you → Tap on “Next.”

Create Apple Music Profile on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Step #6. Next up, you need to select “Everyone” or “People You Choose” to decide who can see your listening history.

Choose Who Can Follow You in Apple Music on iPhone

Step #7. Select the playlists to share on your profile, or “Hide all” to show none.

Select Playlist to Share in Apple Music on iPhone

Then, you can select contacts to share music with.

Follow People in Apple Music on iPhone

Step #8. Turn on/off “Friends” and “Artists and Shows” to select what sort of push notifications you wish to receive → In the end, make sure to tap on “Done” confirm the change.

Create Apple Music Profile

How to Find Friends' Shared Playlists on Apple Music

  • The recommended contacts section may show the name of your friends. If you don't find anyone in that section, use the “Search” tab to quickly find them.
  • You can check out the list of recent albums and playlists listened to by your friends and add them to your library.
  • Besides, you can also check out your friends personally created playlists; if they have allowed it.
  • One thing you need to know that you will be able to see your friends' playlist only if they have selected “Everyone,” or chosen to share with you.

Step #1. Open Apple MusicFor You tab → your Apple Music profile.

Tap on Your Profile in iOS 11 Apple Music App

Step #2. Now, scroll down to “Following.” Next, tap the friend whose shared music you want to check out.

Tap on Friend Name in Apple Music on iPhone

You can tap on “See All” for a vertical list. Now, scroll through the “Playlists” of your friends.

Access Friend's Playlist in Apple Music on iPhone

Step #3. Head over to “Listening To” section to find a collection you wish to save → Next, tap the collection you like.

Tap on the Playlist You Want to Add in Apple Music on iPhone

Step #4. Tap on “+” button to add it to your library.

Add Shared Playlists to Apple Music

Now, your friends' playlists will appear at the top of your playlists section in your library.

You will see the name of the playlist along with the name of your friend. It will be updated when you make any changes to it.

That's it! You have successfully created your Apple Music profile.

How to Change Apple Music Profile Picture and Username

You can keep a tab on your profile to check out your followers, following. You will also be able to customize it as desired.

Step #1. Open Apple Music → For You tab.

Tap on Your Profile in iOS 11 Apple Music App

Step #2. Tap the “Edit” button.

Tap on Edit in Apple Music Profile on iPhone

Now, change your profile picture, name, username.

Edit Apple Music Profile on iPhone

You can also customize follower permissions and even reorganize shared playlists to your best liking.

How to Add a New Playlist to Your Profile

Step #1. Launch Apple Music → Tap on Library tab → Tap to the Playlists.

Tap on Playlist in Apple Music Library on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on the Playlist.

Tap on Particular Playlist in Apple Music on iPhone

Step #3. Tap on “Edit” at the top right corner.

Edit Apple Music Playlist on iPhone

Step #4. Finally, turn on “Show on My Profile and in Search.”

How to Add New Playlist to Apple Music Profile

How to Stop Sharing Apple Music Playlist

Step #1. Open Apple Music → Tap on Library tab.

Tap on Playlist in Apple Music Library on iPhone

Step #2. Head over to the playlist you don't want to share anymore in your library and tap on it.

Tap on Particular Playlist in Apple Music on iPhone

Step #3. Now, you need to tap “Edit” at the top right corner.

Edit Apple Music Playlist on iPhone

Step #4. Now, turn off “Show on My Profile and in Search.”

How to Stop Sharing Apple Music Playlist on iPhone

That's it.

Wrapping up

The addition of the social music sharing has certainly made Apple Music more fun-loving, hasn't it? Hopefully, Apple's tryst with social networking finally clicks! Share your feedback about it in the comments below.

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