How to Enable iCloud Music Library on iPhone & iPad

Dec 16, 2019 - 7 Comments

How to Enable iCloud Music Library on iPhone

We don’t always listen to music on a single device. Depending on what we’re doing, we often switch between our smartphones, tablets, computers and even smart speakers. This is why popular music streaming services offer apps on a variety of different devices. If you’re an iPhone or iPad user, there’s a pretty good chance you utilize Apple Music to listen to all your favorite songs while you’re on the go.

In addition to streaming music that’s available on the platform, Apple Music unlocks a nifty feature called iCloud Music Library, which as the name suggests, allows you to sync your music across all your supported Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and iTunes on Windows.


Are you an Apple Music subscriber who’s interested in taking advantage of this functionality? Then read on. In this article, we’ll be discussing exactly how you can enable iCloud Music Library on your iPhone or iPad.

How to Enable iCloud Music Library on iPhone & iPad

In order to turn on this feature on your iPhone or iPad, you need to be subscribed to Apple Music as mentioned earlier. Simply follow the steps below in order to sync your Apple Music content to iCloud, for access on other devices like your Mac, PC or even HomePod.

  1. Open “Settings” app from the home screen of your iPhone or iPad.

    iOS Settings Icon
  2. In the Settings menu, scroll down and tap on “Music” to head over to your Apple Music settings.

    How to Enable iCloud Music Library on iPhone
  3. Here, you’ll notice an option called “Sync Library” which used to be called “iCloud Music Library” until the recent iOS software update. Simply tap the toggle to turn this feature on, as shown in the screenshot below.

    How to Enable iCloud Music Library on iPhone

That’s pretty much all you need to do in order to start taking advantage of iCloud Music Library.

Your purchased music and the content you add from Apple Music will automatically be synced across other devices with the help of Apple’s iCloud service.

In addition to this, the songs that you import to iTunes on your PC or Mac will also be available on your iPhone, iPad and other supported devices. This means, you don’t have to manually transfer your local music files to your iPhone or iPad by syncing it with iTunes.

Although you need an Apple Music subscription to take full advantage of iCloud Music Library, you’re not completely out of luck if you haven’t subscribed to the service. If you’re looking to sync music content on your PC or Mac across your iPhone, iPad or HomePod, you could pay a yearly fee to get access to iTunes Match, which lets you store up to 100,000 songs on iCloud. However, it’s worth noting that you won’t be able to stream Apple Music content with iTunes Match.

The ability to store music on the cloud and accessing it from whatever Apple device you own is extremely useful, as it eliminates the need to manually transfer your songs to other devices. It saves plenty of time and brings a lot of convenience to the table. Remember the time when we had to connect our iPhones to computers using a USB cable to sync content with iTunes? Well, that’s no longer necessary with this feature, and for many users they certainly don’t want to go back to doing hardware syncs again.

What do you think about iCloud Music Library? Do you use it to stream the locally stored music on your PC / Mac on other devices like your iPhone or iPad? Do let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments section down below.

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Posted by: Hamlin Rose in iPad, iPhone, iTunes, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Suzette Bakke says:

    Hi there!
    I have version 12.4.6 on my iPhone, and I have no “Sync Library “ feature, either.
    I’m trying desperately to determine why some recently purchased music from iTunes isn’t showing up in my music library. Help!

  2. William Windham says:

    I take it that this is not for iOS 13.3.1 because there is no “Sync Library” in the Music settings in 13.3.1.

  3. Benjamin Duncalf says:

    I have Apple Music but never use it, I’ve used match for years. Do you know how I go about cancelling Music and switching to Match? I’ve not been able to find clear instructions about it and worried I’ll lose my cloud music if done wrong.

  4. Pharmguy says:

    Synching is a great feature as is the cloud. Once you are off wifi and cellular takes over the data from your provider is used at a fast rate. If you are in your car listening and running a map program as well the data is gobbled up.

  5. JB says:

    Hi,

    Great article. Would you mind clarifying this sentence from one of the paragraphs?:
    ” However, it’s worth noting that you won’t be able to stream Apple Music content with iTunes Match.”

    Does that mean that if I use iTunes Match for my music library, I cannot stream anything from Apple Music?

    I just want to make sure I’m interpreting it correctly.

    Thanks,

    JB

  6. PaulL says:

    Wouldn’t a music library take up a huge amount of iCloud space? Like 20+ GB or (a lot) more?

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