How to Make a Playlist on Your iPad

Match your mood to a personalized playlist

Creating Playlists iPad

Mark Harris - Licensed to About.com, Inc.

Finding the music you want to hear is so much easier when you have playlists. Without them, sorting through your digital music library and hand-picking the songs and albums you want is time-consuming.

If you have a heap of songs on your iPad, you don't need to be tied down to a computer to create playlists; you can do it directly in the iOS of the iPad. If you sync the iPad with your computer, the playlists you create on your iPad are copied across.

Instructions in this article apply to iPads running iOS 12.

Creating a New Playlist on iPad

  1. Tap the Music app on the iPad's Home screen.

    iPad Home screen showing Music app
  2. If Music doesn't open in the Library view, tap Library at the bottom of the screen.

  3. Tap New at the top of the Library screen to open a New Playlist screen.

    The Playlists screen in the Music app
  4. Enter a name for the playlist in the area provided.

    The New Playlist screen on iPad
  5. Optionally, tap the Camera icon to take a photo or select an image from your photo library. Also optional, add a description of the playlist in the area provided.

    Playlist information entry screen
  6. Tap Done to save the empty playlist.

Adding Songs to a Playlist

Now that you've created a blank playlist, you need to populate it with music in your library.

  1. Select the playlist you just created in the Library Playlists screen and tap Edit at the top right corner of the screen.

    Playlists on the Playlist screen
  2. Select Add Music.

    Playlist Add Music screen on iPad
  3. Tap a category in the pop-up menu screen. Browse by artists, albums, songs, music videos, and other options.

    Music Library categories
  4. When you find a tune you want to add to the playlist, tap the + next to it to change it to a check mark.

    Selection of Songs in the Music app
  5. When you are finished adding songs, tap Done near the top right corner of the screen.

Removing Songs From a Playlist

If you make a mistake and want to remove tracks you've added to a playlist:

  1. Tap the playlist you want to modify in the Playlist screen and select Edit.

  2. Tap the red minus button next to the song you want to remove and tap Delete. Don't worry, this won't remove the song from your iTunes library.

    Removing music from a playlist on iPad
  3. When you finish removing tracks, tap Done.

If you want to create a playlist based on a specific artist, album, or genre, it's much easier if you tap on that category first in the pop-up screen. Once you do this, you only see songs that are relevant.