Computers, Laptops & Tablets Apple How to Make a Playlist on Your iPad Match your mood to a personalized playlist by Mark Harris Writer Mark Harris is a former writer for Lifewire who wrote about the digital music scene and streaming music services in an easy to understand, no-nonsense manner. our editorial process Mark Harris Updated on January 16, 2020 Unsplash Apple iPad Macs Tweet Share Email Finding the music you want to hear is easier with playlists. Without them, sorting through a digital music library and hand-picking songs and albums can be time-consuming. If you have a heap of songs on your iPad, don't be tied to your computer to create playlists; 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 to the computer. Instructions in this article apply to iPads running iOS 12. Create a New Playlist on iPad Before you can organize your songs into playlists, you'll need an empty playlist. On the iPad Home screen, tap the Music app. If Music doesn't open in Library view, go to the bottom of the screen and tap Library. Tap New. In the New Playlist screen, enter a name for the playlist. 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. Tap Done to save the empty playlist. Add Songs to a Playlist Now that you've created a blank playlist, populate it with music in your library. Go to the Library, select the playlist, then tap Edit. Select Add Music. Tap a category to browse by artists, albums, songs, music videos, and other options. To add a tune to the playlist, tap the Plus sign (+) next to the song to change the plus to a check mark. When you're finished adding songs, tap Done. Remove Songs From a Playlist If you want to remove tracks you added to a playlist: Go to the Library, tap the playlist you want to modify, then select Edit. Tap the Minus sign (-) next to the song you want to remove, then tap Delete. This doesn't remove the song from your iTunes library. When you finish removing tracks, tap Done. If you want to create a playlist based on a specific artist, album, or genre, tap that category. When you do this, you only see songs that are relevant.