Listen to music on your Apple Watch

Learn how to manage playlists and listen to music on your Apple Watch.

You can use your Apple Watch to listen to music on your iPhone, or you can sync a playlist to enjoy music on your Apple Watch without your iPhone. 

 


     

Play music from your iPhone

When your paired iPhone is in range, you can use your Apple Watch to control what's playing on your iPhone. Open the Music app, scroll up, then tap your iPhone to choose it as the source. Then scroll back down and tap any of these options:

  • Now Playing. Play or pause what's currently playing on your iPhone. 
  • Quick Play. If you have an Apple Music membership, you can tap Quick Play, which chooses a list of songs for you. 
  • Beats 1. Listen to Apple's 24/7 worldwide radio station. 
  • My Music. Browse your music library by Artists, Albums, or Songs, and choose what to listen to. 
  • Playlists. Listen to any of the playlists already on your iPhone. 
     


    

Play music from your Apple Watch

You can also enjoy music on your Apple Watch without your iPhone when you pair with Bluetooth headphones. Open the Music app, scroll up, then tap your Apple Watch to choose it as the source. Then scroll back down and tap any of these options:

  • Now Playing. Play or pause what's currently playing on your Apple Watch.
  • My Music. After you sync a playlist to your Apple Watch, you can browse your music by Albums, Artists, and Songs. 
  • Playlists. Use the steps below to sync a playlist to your Apple Watch. 

Make a music playlist

You can keep one music playlist on your Apple Watch at a time. Audiobooks and podcasts aren't compatible.

  1. On your iPhone, go to the Music app.
  2. Tap the Library tab, then tap Playlists > New Playlist.
  3. Give your playlist a name.
  4. Search or tap to find songs, artists, or albums to add. 
  5. When you find something that you want to add, tap .
  6. After you add the item, tap Done. You can then search for more music to add. 
  7. When you're done adding music, tap Done to save your playlist.

If you want to edit an existing playlist:

  1. Open the Music app on your iPhone, then tap the Library tab.  
  2. Tap Playlists, tap a playlist, then tap edit.
  3. To add songs, tap Add Songs and search or tap to find songs, artists, or albums. Tap  to add them to the playlist. To delete songs, tap , then tap Delete.
  4. When you’re done editing the playlist, tap Done to save your changes.

Sync your playlist

  1. Set your Apple Watch on its charger and make sure the device is charging.
  2. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Bluetooth. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
  3. From the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tap the My Watch tab, then tap Music > Synced Music.
  4. Tap the playlist you want to sync to your Apple Watch. When a message next to your playlist says Sync Pending, your playlist will begin syncing from your iPhone to your Apple Watch.
  5. Wait until the sync is finished before using your Apple Watch. To see the sync progress, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap Music.

You might need to download any music stored in the cloud, such as music from Apple Music or iTunes Match, to your iPhone before you can sync it with your Apple Watch.


     

Listen to the playlist on your Apple Watch

You can't listen to your playlist on your Apple Watch until you pair your watch with Bluetooth headphones. After pairing, you can listen to your synced playlist:

  1. From the Home screen on your Apple Watch, tap the Music app. 
  2. Firmly press the screen, then tap Source > Apple Watch.
  3. Tap Playlists.

Remove a playlist from Apple Watch

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, then tap the My Watch tab.
  2. Tap Music > Synced Music > None.
  3. To remove the playlist, set your Apple Watch on its charger and make sure it's charging.

Learn More

Your Apple Watch playlist is limited to 1 GB by default. In the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, you can change this setting to 2 GB, 500 MB, or 100 MB. If you prefer to limit by song number, you can limit your playlist to 15, 50, 125, or 250 songs.

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