How to Create Collaborative Playlists on Apple Music with Friends [iOS 17.3]

Apple Music is getting better with each iOS update. In 2022, Apple introduced the sing-along feature known as Apple Music Sing. Last year, the music streaming app gained the crossfade between songs functionality. Now, Apple is introducing another useful feature to the app, allowing users to create collaborative playlists.

iOS 17.3 brings two new features to the app – Emoji Reactions and Collaborate on Playlists. If you want to know how you can invite friends and make a collaborative playlist, then you are in the place. Read on to explore all the details of the new feature.

The feature is available on iPhones running on iOS 17.2 beta and stable iOS 17.3 and other Apple devices on the latest software. So, make sure to update your Apple device to the newest available software version. You can make or use collaborative playlists on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

In this tutorial, I use my iPhone running on iOS 17.3, but the process is similar on the iPad and Mac. Not only this, but you can also make collaborative playlists on the latest version of Apple Music on Android.

Before moving to the guide, please note that an Apple Music subscription is required and the Sync Library feature is enabled (You can turn it on from Settings > Apple Music > Sync Library). If the other person’s iPhone is running on the older operating system or has the sync library feature disabled will only be able to see the playlist.

Now, that you know about the prerequisites, let’s explore the steps for creating a collaborative playlist in Apple Music.

How to Create Collaborative Playlists on Apple Music

In a collaborative playlist, you can invite your friends to add, reorder, or remove songs. The feature is available to users running iOS 17.3 or newer on iPhone. As I said earlier, it is also available on iPad and Mac, you just need to install the latest update.

Let’s take a look at the steps on how you can make a new collaborative playlist.

Step 1: Open the Apple Music app on your iPhone or iPad, simply tap Library from the menu bar at the bottom, tap Playlists, and Create a New Playlist.

How to Create Collaborative Playlists on Apple Music

Step 2: Give a title to your Playlist, you can also set an album art if you want to from the camera roll. Once done, tap Create at the top right corner.

Step 3: Before adding music to your playlist, tap the new collaborative icon (Plus icon with Person) at the top. If you want to add your friend to the existing playlist, then simply tap the dots menu icon followed by the Collaborate option.

How to Create Collaborative Playlists on Apple Music

Step 4: On the Invite People to Join prompt, you can turn the toggle on for Approve Collaborators to approve anyone who wants to join the playlist, else, you can turn the toggle off so anyone can join the playlist who has the link. Then, select the Start Collaboration button.

Step 5: Now share the invite link with your friends, you can share it on iMessage or WhatsApp or copy the link and share it anywhere you want. You can also share the playlist through a QR code.

How to Create Collaborative Playlists on Apple Music

Step 6: Your friend can simply tap the Playlist link to join. If you have the approvals turned on, then you will get a notification to grant access or approve the person to join the playlist.

How to Create Collaborative Playlists on Apple Music

Step 7: Now tap the Add Music option on the main screen of the Playlist and start adding your favorite songs. Needless to say, your friend can also add songs to the playlist.

How to Create Collaborative Playlists on Apple Music

That’s it.

How to Reorder Songs in the Collaborative Playlist on Apple Music

People in the collaborate playlist can add, remove, and reorder songs. You already know how you can add songs to the playlist, but, what if you want to reorder or remove any song from the playlist? Follow these steps.

Step 1: Open any Collaborative Playlist, then tap three dots icon at the top right corner, and select the Edit option.

How to Create Collaborative Playlists on Apple Music

Step 2: You can remove or reorder songs. To reorder songs, simply tap and hold the three lines icon that appears on the right side of the song name and now place the song where you want. If you want to remove the song, then tap the minus icon in the front of the album art.

Step 3: You can also change the cover art and add a description to your playlist on this page. Tap Done.

How to React to Collaborative Playlist Songs in Apple Music

Collaborative Playlist isn’t the only feature coming to Apple Music. The music streaming app also gets a feature that lets people in collaborative playlists react to any song available in the playlist. You can react with any emoji you want, here’s how you can do it.

How to Create Collaborative Playlists on Apple Music

Step 1: Open the Collaborative Playlist in Apple Music, and play any song you want. Tap the song name to open now playing screen, now you see a new emoji icon appearing on the left of the favorite icon.

Step 2: By default, there are six emojis you can choose to react to. You can tap the (+) option to open the emoji keyboard and react with your favorite emoji.

When your friend or collaborator plays the song, they’ll see the reaction with super cool animation on the now-playing screen. Not only this, but the reaction will also appear on the playlist.

How to Stop Collaborations in Playlist on Apple Music

Collaboration Playlists are fun, but, what if you want to leave this playlist and want to create or join a new one? The best is to simply leave the collaboration playlist, here’s how you can stop collaborations.

When a collaborator leaves the playlist, all content will remain visible to other people.

How to Create Collaborative Playlists on Apple Music

Step 1: Open Collab Playlist in Apple Music, tap the three dots icon at the top right corner, and select the Manage Collaboration option.

Step 2: Under the Collaboration section, simply swipe right to the person whom you want to remove from collaboration, then select the Remove option.

Step 3: Tap Done.

So, this is all about the new Apple Music feature, if you have any queries, then leave a comment in the comment box.

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