Turn on Sync Library with Apple Music

If you subscribe to Apple Music, you can turn on Sync Library to access your music library and music that you've downloaded from Apple Music on all of your devices.

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Apple Music availability varies by country and region. Find out what's available in your country or region.

Turn on Sync Library

On the latest version of iOS, iPadOS and macOS, Sync Library is turned on by default. If you turned off Sync Library, you can turn it back on. Just follow the steps below for your device.

On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings > Music.
  2. Turn on Sync Library. If you don't subscribe to Apple Music or iTunes Match, you won’t see an option to turn on Sync Library.

If Sync Library is being updated or is turned off, you'll see a message at the top of the Library tab in the Apple Music app.

On your Mac

  1. Open the Apple Music app.
  2. From the menu bar at the top of your screen, choose Music > Preferences.
  3. Go to the General tab and select Sync Library to turn it on. If you don't subscribe to Apple Music or iTunes Match, you won’t see an option to turn on Sync Library.
  4. Click OK.

If you have a large music library, it might take some time to upload and sync your music library across all of your devices.

On your PC with iTunes for Windows

In iTunes for Windows, iCloud Music Library isn't turned on by default. To turn on iCloud Music Library:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. From the menu bar at the top of your screen, choose Edit > Preferences.
  3. Go to the General tab and select iCloud Music Library to turn it on. If you don't subscribe to Apple Music or iTunes Match, you won’t see an option to turn on iCloud Music Library.
  4. Click OK.

If you have a large music library, it might take some time to upload and sync your music library across all of your devices.

On other devices

If you subscribe to Apple Music, you can also access your music library – without having to turn on Sync Library – on other devices that support the Apple Music app and on music.apple.com/gb.

If you don't subscribe to Apple Music

Need help?

  • If you sign out of your Apple ID or cancel your Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription, you won’t be able to access and sync your music library on all of your devices. The original song files will remain on the device they were uploaded from.
  • Apple Music isn't a backup service. Make sure you back up your iPhone, iPad, iPod touchMac or PC so you have a copy of your music and other information in case your device is ever replaced, lost or damaged.
  • You can have up to 100,000 songs in your music library. Songs you buy from the iTunes Store don't count towards this limit.
  • If a song is greyed out, incorrect music plays or you can’t access your music library, find out what to do.

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