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.
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.
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.
Step #3. Tap on “Start Sharing with Friends.”
Step #4. Tap on “Get Started.”
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.”
Step #6. Next up, you need to select “Everyone” or “People You Choose” to decide who can see your listening history.
Step #7. Select the playlists to share on your profile, or “Hide all” to show none.
Then, you can select contacts to share music with.
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.
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 Music → For You tab → your Apple Music profile.
Step #2. Now, scroll down to “Following.” Next, tap the friend whose shared music you want to check out.
You can tap on “See All” for a vertical list. Now, scroll through the “Playlists” of your friends.
Step #3. Head over to “Listening To” section to find a collection you wish to save → Next, tap the collection you like.
Step #4. Tap on “+” button to add it to your library.
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.
Step #2. Tap the “Edit” button.
Now, change your profile picture, name, username.
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.
Step #2. Tap on the Playlist.
Step #3. Tap on “Edit” at the top right corner.
Step #4. Finally, turn on “Show on My Profile and in Search.”
How to Stop Sharing Apple Music Playlist
Step #1. Open Apple Music → Tap on Library tab.
Step #2. Head over to the playlist you don't want to share anymore in your library and tap on it.
Step #3. Now, you need to tap “Edit” at the top right corner.
Step #4. Now, turn off “Show on My Profile and in Search.”
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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