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How to Search for Songs Using Lyrics in Apple Music

Have you recently found yourself singing some song lyrics only to discover that you're unable to remember the actual name of the song they belong to? As an Apple Music subscriber, you can quickly search the entire Apple Music catalog using just a short lyric phrase, allowing you to find the song in question and add it to your library or your favorite playlist for safekeeping. Here's how it works. Launch the Music app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap the Search tab. Enter the lyric phrase you can remember into the search field at the top of the screen. Press Search. Press and hold a song in the search results and then tap Lyrics in the action menu pane to view the full song lyrics. Alternatively, tap a song in the list to play it, or tap the plus (+) button to add it straight to your library.Did you know that you can also view the lyrics for your favorite songs as you're playing them back? See our separate how to article for details.

Useful Siri Commands That Work With Apple Music

As an Apple Music subscriber, you can use Siri as a personal DJ to control song playback, queue up songs, find song facts, add songs to your library, play your favorite playlists, or even play something new. Below is a list of Siri commands that will work on any iPhone or iPad with an internet or cellular connection. Simply say "Hey Siri" or press and hold the Side button/Home button on your device to invoke the personal assistant, then ask away. Playback commands "Play some music" "Next/previous song" "Pause this song" "Repeat this song" "Play this song from the start" "Skip this song" "Shuffle songs" Song commands "Play [title] by [artist]" "Play the newest song by [artist]" "Play [radio station]" "Play my favorites mix" "Play something new" "Play more like this" "Play something [mood]" "Play the number one song right now" "Play a live version of this song" "After this song, play [name] by [artist]" "Play the top songs from 1991" "Rate this song five stars" "Add this song to my [name] playlist" "Add this song to my library" "Love this song" Song queries "Who sings this song?" "Who's the drummer in this song?" "When was this song recorded?" "What album is this from?" "What song is this?" or "What's this song?" Have any useful Siri commands that work with Apple Music that we should add to the list? Email us at tips@macrumors.com to let us know.

How to See Song Lyrics in Apple Music

If you subscribe to Apple Music, you can view the lyrics for your favorite songs right from within the Music app on your iPhone or iPad. First, you'll need to start playing a song in the Apple Music catalog or in your library. Once a song is playing, tap on the song's banner just above the Apple Music menu bar at the bottom to bring up the full song interface. From here, there are two methods you can use to view lyrics. Let's go through them individually. Method 1 Tap the ellipsis (three dots) button in the bottom right corner of the screen to bring up the action menu pane. Tap the Lyrics option just above the Love and Dislike buttons. Songs with available lyrics will have this option displayed, while songs without lyrics available will not. The lyrics will pop up over the track screen. Scroll down to view the rest of the lyrics. Method 2 Scroll down while in the full song interface. You should see Lyrics listed directly above the Up Next feature for songs that have lyrics available. Tap Show alongside it to reveal the song's lyrics.Note: If you're in the album view you can long press on a listed track to bring up the action menu pane, where the Lyrics option is also

How to Create a Playlist in Apple Music

In Apple Music, you can easily create playlists and combine music from your own collection with music from the Apple Music catalog. Here's how to do it. Create a Playlist on iPhone and iPad Launch the Music app on your iOS device and find a song that you want to start a playlist with. Long press or 3D Touch on the song. Choose Add to Playlist -> New Playlist. Tap to give your playlist a name, a description, and a cover image if you want. Tap Add Music, and then use the search field to find songs in your library or in the Apple Music catalog, or browse through songs in your collection below. When you find a song that you want to include, tap the plus (+) button next to it. Note that you can do this for multiple songs. Tap Done when you're finished adding songs. Create a Playlist on Your Computer Open iTunes on your computer and find a song that you want to start a playlist with. Click the ellipsis button (the three dots) and choose Add to Playlist -> New Playlist. Click the name to change the title, and click the placeholder cover image to add one. To add a description, click the blue ellipsis button and choose Add Description. Add more songs to your playlist by browsing your library or the Apple Music catalog, or use the search field to find the song you want. When you find a song that you want to add to the playlist, click the ellipsis button and choose Add to Playlist -> [Your New Playlist].You can also import playlists from other people on iTunes by going to File > Library > Import Playlist.

How to Add Photos to Playlists in Apple Music

Once you've created a playlist in Apple Music, adding a cover image of your own is easy. Here's how to do it. Add a Photo to a Playlist on iPhone and iPad Launch the Music app on your iOS device and navigate to the playlist you want to add a picture to. Tap Edit in the upper right corner of the screen. Tap the cover image. Choose Take Photo or Choose Photo from the pop-up menu. Take the photo with your device's camera, or choose a photo from your photo albums. Tap Done. Add a Photo for a Playlist on Your Computer Open iTunes on your computer and click the playlist in the sidebar that you want to add a photo to. Click the main cover image in the playlist. Click Camera in the pop-up pane to take a photo with your computer's camera, or click Other to locate a photo on your hard disk. You can also click Recents to find a recent photo you used or Defaults to select an Apple profile picture. Click Done.

How to Delete a Device from HomeKit with the Home App

If you want to get rid of a HomeKit device or remove it from your HomeKit setup, Apple has made doing so very easy. In the Home app on your iPhone or iPad: Press and hold the icon of the accessory you want to remove. Tap on Settings. Scroll to the bottom and tap on Remove Accessory. Removing a HomeKit device on Mac: Open the Home app and double click (or right-click) on the accessory you want to remove Click on Settings. Scroll down to the bottom and click Remove Accessory. Note that many smart devices can only be associated with one user account at a time. If you sell or give away a device, its new owner may need to take extra steps to set it up unless you deregister it from any associated manufacturer account and delete it from your Home app before it can be used in their own home. For example, the iHome iSP6 smart plug's instructions direct you to create an iHome account and use the iHome app to set it up. If you do this, your smart plug is associated with your iHome account and it can't be associated with another iHome account unless you remove it from yours. Its new owner can reset it to factory settings to work around this, though, so not all is lost.

How to Change the Wallpaper in the Home App

Like the home screen on your iPhone and iPad and the desktop on your Mac, you can customize the background of the Home app. The default image of a fence draped in red leafy vines is nice, but you may want an image with some personal meaning or a different aesthetic. Making a change is easy. In the Home app on an iPhone or iPad: Click on the home icon in the top left corner. Scroll down to the Home Wallpaper section. Select Take Photo if you want to capture an image with the device's camera to use as the background. Or tap on Choose from Existing to select a photo from your photo library. On a Mac: Open the Home app then click the Edit menu. Click Edit Home. Scroll down to Home Wallpaper. Choose one of the available wallpapers shown. To use an image you already have on your Mac, just drag and drop the image into the open Home app and it will replace the existing wallpaper. Note that the Home app wallpaper does not sync across your devices so you can set them individually by

How to Set Up Two-Factor Authentication for Multiple Apple IDs on One Device

As of February 27, 2019, Apple is requiring that all Developer accounts with an Account Holder role be secured with two-factor authentication in order to ensure that only the account owner is able to sign into the account. Two-factor authentication involves a pop-up code being generated on trusted devices linked to an Apple ID any time a login attempt is made unless you've logged with that same browser within the past 30 days and selected the option to trust it. That verification code from the trusted device must then be entered for the login to be approved. The requirement has caused some confusion among developers who have multiple Apple IDs, particularly those who use a dedicated Apple ID for their Developer account that is separate from their primary iCloud account used on their devices. Apple has posted a developer support document that outlines a few ways to enable two-factor authentication on a non-primary Apple ID, but Apple's suggestion for iOS involves signing out of your primary iCloud account. That can be a hassle as your phone unsyncs and tries to delete content associated with that account, so it's better to use other methods if you can. Turning on two-factor authentication for an alternate Apple ID and getting it to work properly with trusted iOS devices without signing out of your primary Apple ID requires a few steps, but once they're done the feature should work seamlessly. Activating Two-Factor Authentication on an Alternate Apple ID For this portion of the process, you'll need access to a Mac where you have permissions to create new

How to Remove Downloaded Apple Music Songs to Free Up Storage Space

Downloading lots of songs or albums from the Apple Music catalog can use up a lot of local storage on your device. Fortunately it's easy to remove downloaded Apple Music content and reclaim the storage space of your devices. Here's how. Launch the Music app on your iPhone or iPad, or open iTunes on your computer. Find the song or album in your library that you want to remove locally from your device. In the Music app, press and hold the item, select Remove... from the pop-up menu, and then tap Remove Download when prompted. In iTunes, right-click (or Ctrl-click) the item and select Remove Download.Note that if you see the cloud icon next to a song or album, then it's stored in the cloud, not on your device, so it doesn't use any local

How to Add Music to Your Apple Music Library

If you're an Apple Music subscriber, you can add songs, albums, playlists, and video content from the Apple Music catalog to your personal music library. And if you turn on iCloud Music Library on all your devices, you'll see any Apple Music content you add on one device across all of your devices, as long as they're signed in to your Apple ID. To add an individual song from Apple Music to your library, launch the Music app on your iOS device or open iTunes on Mac or PC, navigate to the song, and then tap the plus (+) button next to it. You can also find this button in the lower left corner when viewing the fullscreen playback controls for the song you're currently listening to. To add an entire album, playlist, or music video from Apple Music to your library, launch the Music app on your iOS device or open iTunes on Mac or PC, navigate to the content in question, and then tap the +ADD button next to it. Note that if your device doesn't have a Wi-Fi or cellular connection, you won't be able to listen to any of the Apple Music content in your library. To make it available for offline listening, you'll want to enable Automatic Downloads for Apple Music.

How to Stream Apple Music to an AirPlay Speaker or Apple TV

Whenever you're listening to Apple Music in the Music app, you can quickly stream audio from your iOS device to your Apple TV, HomePod, or any AirPlay-compatible speaker. Bring up the screen showing the currently playing song and then tap the AirPlay icon centrally located at the bottom of the interface. This will being up an audio output panel, where you'll see a list of devices and speakers available to output to. Tap one in the list and the audio should start streaming to the speaker or device almost immediately. If you're listening to Apple Music on an iOS device but you're in another app or on the Home screen, you can quickly access the same AirPlay speaker menu via the Control Center. To open Control Center on an iPad with a Home button, double-tap the Home button; on iPhone 8 or earlier, swipe up from the bottom of the screen; and on a 2018 iPad Pro or iPhone X/XR/XS/XS Max, swipe down from the upper right of the screen. With the Control Center open, simply tap the two curved lines in the upper right corner of the audio playback panel and you'll see the audio outputs available to you. If your iPhone or iPad is locked but Apple Music is playing, you can still get to the same audio output screen –- just tap the AirPlay icon in the upper right of the audio panel. Stream Apple Music on Mac to an AirPlay Speaker If you're listening to Apple Music on a Mac or PC via iTunes, you can easily stream the audio output to an AirPlay speaker or Apple TV. Click the AirPlay icon to the right of the volume slider and you should see a list of available

How to Use Apple Music on Apple Watch

If you're an Apple Music subscriber with an Apple Watch Series 3 or later, you can listen to Apple Music right on your wrist, thanks to the device's automatic access to your music library. Before you start listening to Apple Music, make sure your Apple Watch is connected to a local Wi-Fi network or a cellular connection. You'll also need to pair your Apple Watch with some AirPods or other Bluetooth headphones. Accessing Apple Music on Apple Watch Now, launch the Music app on your Apple Watch, scroll up if necessary and tap Library. Note that you can also ask Siri to play any song in the Apple Music catalog and listen to custom and live stations in your Apple Watch's Radio app. Controlling Apple Music Playback on Apple Watch When you're listening to Apple Music on your Apple Watch or a connected iPhone, your watch screen will show you what's playing, and below that you'll see a number of audio playback controls. Tap the center button to play/pause a song, or tap the buttons either side of it to skip back or forward a track. Turn the Digital Crown on your watch to adjust the audio volume (you'll see the circle around the speaker icon turn green) or tap the speaker icon and tap the plus and minus buttons to adjust volume level. Tap the lower right ellipsis button if you want to delete the track from your library, or if you're listening to an album or playlist, tap the lower left button to access the track list, where you'll also find options to loop the list/song and shuffle the track

How to Customize Apple Music With Loves and Dislikes

When you first subscribe to Apple Music, you're ">asked to provide information about your favorite genres and artists so that it can offer you accurate suggestions and curated playlists as soon as you start using the service. This personalization gradually improves as you continue to use Apple Music, and the best way to influence it is to generously use the Love and Dislike buttons. How to Use Apple Music's Love and Dislike Buttons Next time you're playing a song or listening to a custom-generated or live radio station, tap the ellipsis button at the bottom right of the screen. This brings up an additional options pane, at the bottom of which you'll see Love and Dislike buttons. You can tap either of these, and Apple Music will use your preference to guide its recommendation algorithms going forward. You can also access these buttons to indicate whether you enjoy an album or not. From any album screen, tap the red ellipsis button in the upper right area of the screen. This brings up a smaller pane of options, but you'll still find the Love and Dislike buttons at the bottom. If you're listening to Apple Music on a PC or Mac, you can find the Love and Dislike options in iTunes via the Song menu bar menu. They can also be accessed using a similar ellipsis button that appears in the upper left of the album/playlist window, and at the bottom of the mini player view. Dealing With Inaccurate Recommendations Occasionally, you may find that Apple Music continues to play songs by artists or from genres you've indicated you don't like. This

How to Turn Off Automatic Subscription Renewals for Apple Music

When you subscribe to an Apple Music individual, student or family plan, or take advantage of Apple's free Apple Music trial, your subscription automatically renews every month or every year using the payment information you used when your first signed up to the service. If you want, you can turn off this auto-renewal charge by following the steps below. Note that when you do this, you are effectively canceling your subscription to Apple Music, although you will still be able to access the service until either your trial ends or the month or year that you paid for the service comes to an end. Turn Off Auto-Subscription Renewals for Apple Music Launch the Music app on iPhone or iPad, or open iTunes on a Mac or PC. Tap the For You tab and then tap the account icon in the top right of the screen, or select Account -> View My Account... in iTunes. On iPhone or iPad, tap View Apple ID and then tap Subscriptions, or click Manage next to Subscriptions in the iTunes Account window. On the Subscriptions screen, select your Apple Music Membership . Select Cancel Subscription on the next screen.That's all there is to it. With your subscription cancelled, you won't be charged again when it runs out. If you want to continue your Apple Music subscription after it runs out, however, you will need to reenable payments.

How to Download Songs for Offline Playback on Apple Music

As an Apple Music subscriber, you have the option to download songs, playlists and albums from the Apple Music catalog to your devices for offline listening. This obviously takes up local storage on your devices, but it also means you can still enjoy your music even if you don't have an active internet or cellular connection. Before you can download content from the Apple Music catalog you must turn on iCloud Music Library. Do this now if you haven't already, and then add the content to your library that you want to download. Once that's done, simply follow the steps below. Launch the Music app on your iPhone or iPad, or open iTunes on your computer. Find the song, album, or playlist in your library that you want to download for offline listening. Look for the cloud symbol with an arrow pointing out of it – tap (or click) this icon next to the song you want to download, or tap the same icon next to the album cover image to download the entire album. You can also press and hold on an album cover in your library or a song in an album and select Download in the pop-up menu.If you don't see the cloud icon, it's likely you have Automatic Downloads turned on, which means that content automatically downloads to your device or computer when you add it to your

How to Add Star Ratings to Songs in Apple Music

Apple Music supports a star rating system that allows you to personally rate a song on a scale of 1-5, which is then saved in your library so you can remember and later sort tracks via the ranking system. You can enable star ratings on iOS devices from within the Settings app: tap Music in the apps list and toggle on the switch next to Show Star Ratings. The process required to get to the Rate Song menu is as follows: tap the ellipsis button at the bottom right of the screen when a song is playing to bring up its action sheet, scroll down to Rate Song, choose the star rating, then tap Done. If you're accessing Apple Music via iTunes on your computer, you can add star ratings simply by clicking the stars next to songs and albums. Note: Star ratings don't affect your For You recommendations in Apple Music. To teach the streaming service which songs you enjoy and which you don't, be sure to regularly use the Love/Dislike

How to Customize Your Apple Music Library

Once you've familiarized yourself with the main sections of the Apple Music app, there are a few options that you can customize which can enhance your enjoyment of the streaming service. These are essentially tweaks to the Music app's Library section that can make navigating your music easier. Keep reading to learn what they are. Customize the Library View In the Apple Music app, the top of Library view displays the default headings Playlists, Artists, Albums, Genres, and Downloaded Music, in that order. You can customize the headings that are displayed at the top of your library and use additional headings that aren't immediately obvious. Tap the Library tab, and then tap Edit in the upper right corner of the screen, and you'll see the list of headings expand to include Songs, Music Videos, Compilations and Composers. Tap the boxes next to the headings to include or exclude them. You can also re-arrange the order in which they appear by dragging the bars on the far right. Customize the Albums and Songs Views The Albums and Songs views include several sorting options that you can choose from to make browsing your music library more convenient. Simply tap Sort in the upper right corner of the Album or Songs screen and select Artist, Title, or Recently Added from the pop-up

How to Use Apple Music on Android

Apple Music isn't limited to owners of Apple devices – you can also subscribe to the streaming service on Android phones and tablets, and enjoy the same access to millions of songs, curated radio stations and playlists. You can get the Apple Music app for Android from the Google Play store or download it directly from Apple. Just make sure that your device has Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) or later – you can check which version it has by going to Settings -> System -> About phone. You'll need an Apple ID account to use Apple Music. If you don't have one then you'll be asked to create one when you join. The following steps guide you through the process in the Apple Music app for Android. Launch the Apple Music app on your Android device. You should see a message that says "Welcome to Apple Music." If it doesn't appear, tap For You. Tap the free trial offer. Select a subscription type – Individual, Student or Family are your options. Tap Use Existing Apple ID and enter your Apple ID and password. If you don't have an account, tap Create New Apple ID, then follow the steps. Add a valid payment method if prompted, then tap Join. Accept the terms and conditions.Once you've completed the initial subscription process you've be invited to tailor the service to your interests and likes. Check out our separate article on How to Set Up Apple Music to learn more about how it works. Managing Your Apple Music Subscription on Android If you want to change or cancel your Apple Music subscription on your Android device, follow these steps. Launch the Apple Music app. Tap the

How to Turn on Automatic Downloads for Songs in Apple Music

Normally when you add songs or albums from the Apple Music catalog to your library and then play them back, the tracks are streamed to your device or computer. This avoids using up local storage, but it also has a major drawback –- the content becomes unavailable if you don't have an active internet or cellular connection. Fortunately, you can avoid this situation altogether by enabling Automatic Downloads. With this option turned on, Apple Music content automatically downloads to your device or computer when you add it to your Library. Enabling Automatic Downloads on iPhone and iPad Launch the Settings app on your iOS device. Tap Music in the apps list. Turn on the toggle switch next to Automatic Downloads. Enabling Automatic Downloads on Your Computer Launch iTunes. On Mac, choose iTunes -> Preferences from the menu bar. On Windows, choose Edit -> Preferences from the iTunes window menu bar. Click the Downloads tab, and under Automatic Downloads, check the box next to Music. Click OK.Note that you can download and access the same content on up to 10 devices for as long as your Apple Music subscription is active.

How to Turn On iCloud Music Library for Apple Music

If you're an Apple Music subscriber, you can add and download songs, albums, playlist, and video content from the Apple Music catalog to your personal music library. And if you turn on iCloud Music Library on your devices, the Apple Music content in your library will be synced across all of them as long as they're signed in to your Apple ID. The following steps show you how to enable iCloud Music Library on iPhone, iPad, Mac and PC. Turn on iCloud Music Library on iOS Devices Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap Music in the apps list. Tap the iCloud Music Library toggle to enable it. If you already have music stored on your iOS device, you'll be asked if you want to keep it. If you choose to Keep Music, the music is added to your iCloud Music Library. If you choose Delete and Replace, the music on your device is removed and replaced with the content in your iCloud Music Library. If you choose Merge, any songs on your device that have a match in the Apple Music Catalog will become available on your other devices. Turn on iCloud Music Library on Mac or PC Launch iTunes on your Mac or PC. On Mac, select iTunes -> Preferences from the menu bar. On PC, select Edit -> Preferences from the iTunes window menu bar. In the General tab, check the box next to iCloud Music Library to enable it. Click OK.Once iCloud Music Library is enabled on iOS devices, the Mac, or the PC, any Apple TV or Android devices you own will also be able to access iCloud Music Library automatically.