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How to create collaborative playlists in Apple Music on iPhone

Key Takeaways

  • With collaborative playlists in Apple Music, collaborators can add or remove songs in a playlist and react to them with different emojis.
  • You can create Apple Music collaborative playlists on iPhones and iPad with iOS/iPadOS 17.3 and later.
  • To create collaborative playlists in Apple Music on iPhone, go to Library > Playlists > Choose a playlist or create a new one > Three-dot menu > Collaborate > Toggle on Approve Collaborators > Select Start Collaboration > Share link.

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. But the one feature that gets us the most excited is the ability to make collaborative playlists. If you find this feature interesting, here’s how to create a collaborative playlist in Apple Music on your iPhone.

What are collaborative playlists in Apple Music?

Collaborative playlists in Apple Music allow you to add, remove, or reorder songs with others who have access to the playlist. This can be an enjoyable and effortless way to explore new music, create themed playlists for your house parties, or simply listen to music with your 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. Plus, everyone can use emojis in Now Playing to express how the music makes them 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 17.3/iPadOS 17.3 or later installed on your device, you may follow the steps detailed below to create a Collaborative playlist.

How to make 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 or remove songs in collaborative playlist

  1. Open the Music app on your iPhone → Then open an existing Collaborative Playlist.
  2. Tap the three-dot icon → Select Edit.

    edit collaborative playlist
  3. Once you tap on Edit, you can do one of these things:
    • To add songs: Tap Add MusicFind songs → Tap the plus icon.

      add songs to playlist
    • To remove songs: Tap the red minus icon (-) → Then tap Delete.

      remove a song from collaborative playlist
    • To reorder songs: Drag the three lines next to a song up or down.

      rearrange songs

React to songs in collaborative playlist on Apple Music

Apple Music’s collaborative playlists let you and your friends give thumbs up or down (among other emojis) to specific songs, adding a layer of shared music appreciation.

  1. Open the Music app on your iPhone → Then, open an existing collaborative playlist.
  2. Play any song from the collaborative playlist → Tap Now Playing.

    play any song and go to now playing
  3. Tap the emoji button next to the song’s name → Select an emoji.
    You may tap the plus button to access more emojis for reactions.

    react to songs in a playlist
  4. To see reactions from other collaborators, tap the emoji beside songs.

    see song reactions

How to add or remove collaborators 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 remove a collaborator, slide right to left → Tap Remove.
  7. If you want to stop sharing the playlist altogether, you may tap Stop.

    add or remove colloborators in apple music playlist
Which devices offer support for Collaborative playlists?

Collaborative playlists are available on iPhones running iOS 17.3, iPads running iPadOS 17.3, and recent Android devices with the Apple Music app. However, Apple could introduce collaborative playlists on Macs down the line.

Can I see who else can add songs to a Collaborative Playlist?

Yes, it’s possible to see who else can add songs to a Collaborative Playlist. Open your existing playlist → Then, tap the collaborate button in the top-right corner of the screen. This will show you a list of all the collaborators who can access and edit the playlist.

Can users without an Apple Music subscription use this feature?

No. It’s necessary for all users to subscribe 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. Thanks to Collaborative playlists, you can now easily share your favorite music with your friends and family, discover new songs, or create shared playlists for events or house parties while collaborating in real time.

If you’ve installed iOS 17.3, 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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  • Ayush

    Ayush is a writer with a keen interest in consumer technology and the Apple ecosystem. He has over three years of working experience at several big-name publications, including Guiding Tech, TechPP, and MobiGyaan. Here at iGeeksBlog, he specializes in crafting how-to guides, buying guides, and editorials related to all things Apple.

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