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Be frustrated that your iPhone Apple Music playlists failed to show up in iTunes? Never mind. Scroll down this article, you can find quick fixes for Apple Music playlist not showing in iTunes error.

By Abby Poole to iTunes Troubleshooting Tips|Last updated on Jan 8, 2024

"I had a ton of playlists in apple music on my iphone. The last time I plugged my phone into my computer, it synced with itunes, and took playlists off of my phone. Upon further investigation, when I look at my iphone in itunes on my computer, the playlists show up there, but not on my iphone. Please help! I want those playlists back on my iphone!" - mgildin from Apple Discussion

Usually, many Apple users would like to use iTunes to sync and transfer Apple Music playlists from iPhone to iTunes or vice versa. However, there are still some users get stuck in an annoying iTunes error, namely iPhone playlist not showing up in iTunes. That is to say, after you've synced Apple Music playlists from iPhone to iTunes, you'll find all your playlists, or not all the songs you added to a playlist are not showing up in the iTunes. But why aren't your playlists not showing up in iTunes? How can you fix it?

Here are two solutions to resolve Apple Music not showing up in iTunes. Read on the check the details.

1. Turn on Automatically Add Songs to My Music When Adding to Playlists

Actually, sometimes your Apple Music playlists fail to show up in iTunes because you haven't turned on the automatically sync to add songs to My music when adding them to your playlists. Thus, if that's the case, you just can solve the frequently occurred iPhone playlists not syncing to iTunes issue easily with the followings steps.

Step 1: Open iTunes on your computer. If your iTunes is not on the latest version, just click iTunes > Check for updates to update it.

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to computer with a USB cable (If your iPhone fails to connect iTunes, fix it here). Make sure iTunes is syncing music, then apply all settings and click Sync.

Step 3: Click iTunes > Preferences. Then tick the boxes of "iCloud Music Library" which is logged in with your Apple Music account and "Add songs to My Music when adding to your playlists".

turn on automatically add songs to My Music

Step 4: Click OK button to finish the setting. Then go back to the main interface of iTunes.

Step 5: Tap the iPhone device button, click "My Music Playlists" then you can find your iPhone Apple Music playlists showing up in iTunes.

Also See: How to fix iTunes not playing music error; iTunes music library disappeared after update

2. Transfer Playlists from iPhone to Computer without iTunes

Generally, your music playlists contain your favorite songs. If you never want to lose these songs at any time, you'd better transfer your playlists from iPhone to computer for a backup regularly. For that, you cannot miss MacX MediaTrans - an awesome alternative to iTunes, which sync your iPhone playlists to computer easily without iTunes. Thus you'll never be perplexed by the Apple Music playlists not showing in iTunes problems.

How to Transfers iPhone Apple Music Playlists to Computer without iTunes

Step 1: Free download the iTunes alternative on your Mac or Windows version on PCs. Then plug in your iPhone to computer with a USB cable, and tap "Trust This Computer" on your iPhone.

iPhone music playlist transfer

Step 2: Click on "Music Manager" icon on the main interface to get an access of all your music files on iPhone. Then tap the existing playlist on the left column (or you can also click "+" button to build a new music playlist). Tick on the box of "Select All" to make all the songs under the category selected. By the way, this step is valid to transfer all your music files from iPhone to Mac, or Windows PCs.

transfer Apple Music playlist to Mac/PC

Step 3: Click "Export" button on the top of the panel, the whole music playlist will be exported to your computer in very short time without pesky iTunes errors.

Once you've transferred all your Apple Music playlists on your computer, you'll never be troubled with playlist not showing error since you can manually add your playlists to iTunes from computer easily without any hassle.

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