iPhone Playlists Not Showing up in iTunes? Fixed Here!

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Cedric Grantham Updated on Jun 04, 2018 to iOS & Mac Topics | How-to Articles

Q: “When I create a playlist on my iPhone, it does not show in iTunes. Playlists I create in iTunes and transfer to my iPhone show up in both iTunes and my iPhone, but new songs I add to those playlists via my iPhone do not show when I connect my iPhone to iTunes. Sorry if this is too much information. I really just want to know why playlists I create on my iPhone do not show in iTunes in the "On This iPhone" tab when my phone is connected.” 

Generally speaking, you can use iTunes to easily transfer playlists from iPhone to iTunes or sync from iTunes to iPhone in the vice versa. However, there are still some users having a problem while doing so and finding the iPhone playlists not showing up in iTunes when connecting the iPhone to the computer. Then, how to fix this issue and quickly get your iPhone playlists on iPhone? Read on to get detailed solutions.

How to fix iPhone playlists not showing up in iTunes

iPhone playlists not showing up in iTunes is a frequently occurred issue that can be settled via following tips.

1. Connect your iPhone to the computer. Open iTunes, make sure it is syncing Music, then apply all settings and click Sync.

2. Click iTunes > "Check for updates...". When the updating is done, click "iTunes" > Preferences.

3. Click "General" and then choose "iCloud Music Library" (Your Apple Music account) and "Add songs to My Music when you add them to your playlist" like in the sample image below.

4. Click "OK" to finish the settings. Then, go back to the main interface of iTunes.

5. Click the iPhone device button (if the iPhone won't connect to iTunes, check how to fix it with online guides), click “My Music Playlists” then you can find your iPhone playlists showing up in iTunes.


Bonus Tips: How to transfer playlist songs from iPhone to computer without iTunes

iPhone playlists usually contain your favorite songs in the category, and you'd better back up them to the computer in a schedule with a free iPhone data transfer tool if you don't want to lose them when an accident happens. For transferring iPhone songs to the computer in Windows, you can't miss EaseUS MobiMover Free, the most popular and reliable iPhone data transfer software in the market enables you to transfer data from iPhone to PC without iTunes. And the supportable files are playlists here, contacts, messages, notes, calendars, voice mails, books, Safari bookmarks & history, photos, movies, videos, music, ringtones, and audiobooks.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your PC/Mac and run EaseUS MobiMover.

Tap "Trust" on your iPhone screen and click "Allow" on EaseUS MobiMover to allow this program to access your device.

Click "Content Management", select "Audio" > "Music" to continue.

If you want to export songs from iPhone to Mac, you need to use the EaseUS MobiMover for Mac. And the operating steps are the same.

how to transfer songs from iPhone to the computer - step 1

Step 2.  Select songs on iPhone and choose a safe location on your PC to transfer.

Click "Music" to select desired songs that you want to transfer.

You can also navigate a new and secure location on your PC to transfer and save the selected songs by clicking "Settings" at the right top corner.

how to transfer songs from iPhone to the computer - step 2

Step 3.  Click "Transfer to PC" to finish the process.

Wait patiently until the transfering process finishes. 

how to transfer songs from iPhone to the computer - step 3