How to make collaborative playlists in Apple Music on iPhone

How to make collaborative playlists in Apple Music on iPhone

iOS 17 adds a plethora of new and exciting features to Apple Music, such as the ability to crossfade between tracks, view song credits, better SharePlay integration, and more. However, the one feature that wasn’t made available on day one was the ability to make collaborative playlists in Apple Music. If you find this feature interesting, here’s how to use it on your iPhone running iOS 17.2 or later.

What are collaborative playlists in Apple Music?

Collaborative playlists in Apple Music allow you to add, remove, or reorder songs together with others who have access to the playlist. This can be an enjoyable and effortless way to explore new music, create themed playlists for specific events, or simply enjoy listening to music with friends and family.

You can easily Invite other Apple Music users to join a collaborative playlist. Once they’re in, everyone can add, reorder, or remove songs. Moreover, you can use emojis in Now Playing to express how the music makes you feel.

If you’re on an older version of iOS, you’ll have to share a copy of the playlist manually. However, if you have iOS 17.2 or later installed on your device, you should be able to follow the steps below to create a Collaborative playlist.

How to create collaborative playlist in Apple Music on iPhone

  1. Locate and open the Music App on your iPhone.
  2. Navigate to the Library tab → Tap Playlists.
    If you don’t see this option, tap Edit → Select Playlists.
  3. Create a new playlist or open an existing playlist.

  4. Open the three-dot menu from the top-right → Select Collaborate.
    Alternatively, you can directly tap the Collaborate button up top.
  5. Toggle on Approve Collaborators → Tap Start Collaboration.
    If Approve Collaborators is Off, anyone can join without approval.
  6. Select an option from the share sheet to share the link to collaborate.
    You may tap the Collaborate button to add people down the line.


Once you create a Collaborative playlist in Apple Music, you can easily add someone to the playlist, remove existing collaborators, or stop sharing the playlist entirely. Here’s how you can do this in Apple Music on your iPhone.

How to add new collaborators or remove them in Apple Music on iPhone

  1. Open the Music App → Navigate to the Library tab → Tap Playlists.
    If you don’t see the option for Playlists, tap Edit → Select Playlists.
  2. Open an existing Collaborative Playlist.

  3. Tap the Collaborate button on the top-right corner.
  4. Share an invite for the playlist as a link, or use the QR code.

  5. When you receive a request for new collaborators, you can either:
    • Tap the green button to accept a request and add collaborators.
    • Tap the red button to reject a request and remove collaborators.
  6. If you want to stop sharing the playlist, you may tap on Stop.

Which devices offer support for Collaborative playlists?

At the time of writing this post, Collaborative playlists are only available on iPhone models running iOS 17.2 Beta or later. However, Apple is expected to introduce this feature on other devices like iPads and Macs down the line.

Can I see who else is adding songs to a Collaborative Playlist?

Yes, it’s possible to see who else is adding songs to a Collaborative Playlist by tapping on the Collaborate button in the top-right corner of the screen. This will show you a list of all the collaborators who can access the playlist.

Can users without an Apple Music subscription use this feature?

No. It’s necessary for all users to be subscribed to Apple Music in order to create or use Collaborative playlists on their iPhones and other devices.

Wrapping up…

Collaborative playlists in Apple Music offer several benefits over traditional playlists, including the ability to share your favorite music with friends and family, discover new music, or create shared playlists for specific events or activities while collaborating with multiple Apple Music users in real time.

If you’ve installed iOS 17.2, give Collaborative playlists a try and let us know what you think about this new feature in the comments section below.

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