How to Fix: Apple Music Playlists Disappeared (iOS 13 Supported)

Updated by Adam Gorden on Jul 17, 2020 11:24 AM.
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The more frequently you use Apple Music, the more possible you'll meet some unexpected issues of the service. Although it has already become the No.1 streaming music provider in the United States, it's far from perfect yet.

For instance, you may suddenly find that all of the playlists are disappeared from your Apple Music library without any warning. No matter how you sign in and out Apple Music, it's impossible to restore the deleted playlists. However, you can still access those playlists in iTunes on computer.

To solve such problem, you are suggested to try the following troubleshooting tips, with which you'll be able to reload the deleted Apple Music songs and playlists. In the end, we'll also provide an ultimate way to help you prevent your Apple Music from disappearing again.

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Part 1. Why Is My Apple Music Playlist Disappered?
Part 2. How to Recover Deleted Playlist from Apple Music
Part 3. How to Prevent Apple Music Playlists from Being Deleted

Part 1. Apple Music Playlists Gone. Why?

Most of the time, when Apple Music deletes your library, there might be something wrong with iCloud Music Library. This is a feature that allows you to sync and share all the streaming music tracks from Apple Music and iTunes between all devices. Specifically, once you enabled iCloud Music Library, Apple will scan your music and replace the songs with its own versions. And then it will upload anything it doesn't know to its servers. In this case, to restore disappeared Apple Music playlists on iOS, the common way is to re-enable your iCloud Music Library, so as to re-sync the lost songs from Apple Music with iTunes on a Mac or PC.

Another case is that your Apple Music subscription is expired, so all your playlists on Apple Music will be gone. You can check your subscription.

Sometimes if your Apple Music playlists are not showing after iOS 13/12 update, it might because your iTunes account has synced across the devices or your Show Apple Music option is off automatcially. To get them back, you can try to update iCloud Music Library by iTunes or simply open the Show Apple Music feature.

Part 2. How to Recover Deleted Playlist from Apple Music

After you understand all possible reasons, you can now follow the tips below to learn how to recover your deleted playlists on Apple Music.

1. Check Your Subscription

First of all, you can check whether your Apple Music subscription is out of date on the phone. You can see the quick steps below.

Step 1. Open the Settings on your phone, and then tap your name.

Step 2. Tap Subscriptions to see whether it's expired. (If you don't see this option, you can tap the "iTunes & App Store" > your Apple ID > View Apple ID, sign in and scroll down to tap Subscriptions.

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2. Turn 'Show Apple Music' ON

When you update to iOS 13, the Show Apple Music option might be turned off automatically. You can then check it and turn it on to make Apple Music playlist visible in your Library.

Step 1. Go to Settings > Music on your iPhone.

Step 2. Under Music column, you can see Show Apple Music option. Tap it on if this is off. If it's already on, you can turn it off first and then toggle it on again.

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3. Turn 'iCloud Music Library' ON

The following guide will show you how to turn on or restart iCloud Music Library on iPhone step by step. Then you're able to get your lost playlist back on Apple Music.

Step 1. Open iPhone and go to Settings. Scroll down to Music section and tap on it.

Step 2. Under Library column, you'll see iCloud Music Library option. If it's already turned on, you should turn it off firstly and then activate it again. If not, simply tap the toggle to turn it on.

Step 3. A popup will appear asking whether to enable iCloud Music Library or not. Select Merge to confirm.

Then it will merge and replace the deleted Apple Music songs or playlists with your music that's already in iCloud. Therefore, you'll be able to access the disappearing library from Apple Music again.

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Note: To avoid Apple Music deleting your songs in the future, you are highly suggested to disable iCloud Music Library after getting back the lost playlists.

4. Update iCloud Music Library with iTunes

Alternatively, you can try to update iCloud Music Library by using iTunes to get back your disappered Apple Music playlists. The following is how.

Step 1. Open iTunes app on your PC or Mac computer. Then navigate to the File > Library option.

Step 2. Click the Update iCloud Music Libary option and it will start refreshing the entire libary on your device and may help you restore the missing playlists.

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Part 3. Ultimate Way to Prevent Apple Music Playlists from Being Deleted

In addition to turning off iCloud Music Library, there's a better way that can also help you keeping all Apple Music playlists in your library permanently without being deleted again.

In this way, all you need is a smart app called TunesKit Apple Music Converter, a 3rd-party Apple Music DRM removal tool. It can remove the DRM encryption from Apple Music tracks and playlists by encoding the protected M4P music files to MP3, AAC, FLAC, M4A, WAV and other common formats. Once the DRM is deleted from your music, you'll be able to keep all the songs and playlists in Apple Music library, even if you unsubscribe the service later.

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You may follow these steps to start removing DRM from Apple Music with TunesKit Apple Music Converter.

Step 1 Import Apple Music to TunesKit

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Launch TunesKit Apple Music Converter on the desktop after completed the installation. Then drag and drop the Apple Music offline tracks to the program's main interface. You can also add the songs by clicking "+" button at the top center.

Step 2 Choose Output Format

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Once the Apple Music songs are loaded into TunesKit, you should go to the bottom left corner and click "Format" panel to set output format and audio parameters. It fully supports output format as MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A and M4B. Choose the one you like and move on.

Step 3 Convert Apple Music to Common Format

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Click the "Convert" button to let it begin converting Apple Music songs to DRM-free formats. Then you can keep all these converted Apple Music playlists on any device as you like and will never lose again.

Summary

Now you got to know the reasons why your Apple Music playlist disappeared and how to fix this issue efficiently. You can try them one by one until your problem is solved. To avoid such trouble happens again, you're suggested to take a look at TunesKit Apple Music Converter. It's a powerful dedicated tool to help users make the most of songs from Apple Music by removing the DRM and converting them to MP3 audio formats. You can still keep your Apple Music forever, even if you cancel the subscription someday.

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