How to Setup iTunes Match on iPhone/iPad Correctly

iTunes Match was introduced way back in 2011 and to this day it’s an enigmatic feature. For those who use it correctly, it’s a fantastic way to get the best-quality songs on all of their connected devices. For those that haven’t set it up correctly (or for those that are still confused about how the service works), iTunes Match can be a nightmare.

In all fairness, Apple didn’t make iTunes Match clearly usable. There are lots of problems with how it works (the philosophy behind it, not the way it works). So, even though this is an age-old topic, here’s some basic info on setting up iTunes Match on your iPhone/iPad.

Sponsored Links

How iTunes Match works (and why use it?)

You have songs in your iTunes library. These are songs you purchased from iTunes, downloaded from somewhere (let’s be honest), or ripped from CDs etc.

When you turn on iTunes Match for your library, iTunes searches the store for matching songs (based on title, album etc.). And when it finds a match, it will automatically fetch that song and store it in your account. It will download that track too. Where a song is not matched, iTunes will upload your version of the song (file) to your iCloud account.


Also Read: How to Setup iTunes Match in iOS 8 on iPhone and iPad


One advantage of this is that you will get a high-quality, DRM-free version of the song you have in your library. Basically, it’s quality and accessibility (you can access this song from any of your connected devices now through iTunes Match.)

Sponsored Links

Setting up iTunes Match on PC/Mac

One of the first things you need to do to setup iTunes Match is to enable it through your PC/Mac.

Step #1. Open iTunes

Step #2. Click on Store.

Sponsored Links

Step #3. If you are not logged in to your account, click Sign in. (and login to your account). Then, click on Store again.

Step #4. Click Turn on iTunes Match (If you are only now setting it up, you will have to go through the sign up for iTunes Match. Note that this is a paid service that will cost about $25 per year).

Setting up iTunes Match on Mac or PC

Step #5. Now, once iTunes Match is turned on, click on Store Update iTunes Match.

Sponsored Links

Step #6. All your songs will now be scanned and matched. Where a song’s match is found, you will see a cloud icon next to it. Where a song is not matched, it will be uploaded to the cloud. And there will be some songs with errors on them. (we’ll get to the errors in a later post).

How to Setup iTunes Match on iPhone/iPad

Now, iTunes Match is on. Most of your library is matched. Time to setup iTunes Match on your iPhone/iPad.

To setup iTunes Match on your iPhone/iPad:

Sponsored Links

Step #1. Open Settings.

Step #2. Scroll down and tap on Music.

Step #3. Now, turn on iTunes Match.

Setup iTunes Match on iPhone and iPad

You can also do this:

Step #1. Open Settings.

Step #2. Scroll down and tap on iTunes & App Store.

Step #3. Turn on iTunes Match.

Turn On iTunes Match on iPhone and iPad

When you turn on that switch, you might be asked to sign in. Enter the password and you should be good to go.

To test if iTunes Match works, open the Music app. You should now see tracks that were not on your iPhone (but on the iTunes library). A song / track with a cloud icon next to it is a track that’s streaming from iTunes Match / iCloud. You can choose to stream it (just play it) or you can download it by clicking on the cloud icon. (When you download the track, it resides on your iPhone/iPad. This is useful for offline access).

Dhvanesh Adhiyahttps://www.igeeksblog.com
Dhvanesh Adhiya is our editor-in-chief and reviewer who takes care of iGeeksBlog.com. He is passionate for wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest Articles

Best Car Mounts for iPhone Xs, iPhone XR, and iPhone Xs Max

If you are using your car for the regular commute to and fro office, a car mount is the best option to use your...

Best iPhone Xs Belt Clip Cases: Carry Your iPhone Securely and Comfortably

Belt clip covers are known to provide complete care to the iPhone. That's why many travelers and adventurists prefer to use them to keep...

How to View Web Pages on Apple Watch Running watchOS 5

watchOS 5 boasts quite a few impressive features including WebKit integration. Thanks to this new add-on, you can view the web pages on Apple...

Best Power Banks for iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and iPhone XR: More Power to Your iOS Devices

Our digital life has created a need to charge our smart devices continuously. iPhones, being our primary mobile device, are our constant companions and...