How to Move Playlists From Your iPhone to iTunes on Your Computer

Alvaro Bernedo

Transfer PlaylistsIt might be hard to believe, but playlists existed long before modern music players. In fact, every single piece of recordable media, from cassettes to vinyl discs has been used to create playlists.

Of course, with computers and smartphones, playlists have become not just important, but absolutely essential, especially among those with huge music libraries.

If you spend a lot of time with your iPhone, you might already know that you can create playlists right on your device. The iPhone is not limited to just that, however. In fact, once your playlists have been created on your iOS device, you can also seamlessly transfer them to iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC.

In the past, if you wanted to have your playlists with you at all times on your iPhone, you had to create them on your computer and then plug and sync you iOS device to send them over. What was even worse is that on earlier versions of iOS your couldn’t even create playlists at all.

Now that you know that you can actually create playlists on your iPhone or other iOS device and transfer them to iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC, let’s take a look at how to do it.

Creating a Playlist on Your iOS Device

Step 1: To create a playlist on your iPhone or other iOS device, open the Music app and then tap on Playlists at the bottom left of the screen. Once there, tap on Add Playlist… at the top of the screen. Here you will be prompted to name your new playlist. Enter a name and then tap on Save.

iPhone Create Playlist  Saving Playlist

Once you save the name of your new playlist, you will be shown a screen where you can choose songs from among your entire music library to add to your playlist.

Step 2: Each song will have a blue “plus” sign to its right. Tap on the sign next to each song to add it to your new playlist. When you finish choosing songs, tap on Done at the top right of the screen to finish creating your playlist.

iPhone Add Songs  Playlist Done

Transferring Your Playlist from Your iPhone to iTunes

To transfer your newly created playlist to iTunes on your Mac or PC, you will need to connect your iPhone to iTunes. The first time you connected your iPhone or other iOS device to your Mac or PC you also set up iTunes syncing either using a cable or through WiFi. The following steps apply in both cases.

Step 3: Connect your iPhone to your Mac or PC either via a cable or wirelessly and click on it from the menu on the left pane.

iPhone on iTunes Window

Step 4: From the tabs at the top of the iTunes Window, check the Sync Music option and also check the Selected playlists, artists, albums and genres. Then select the playlist you just created from the list below. To start syncing, click on the Apply button.

Choosing Sync Music

Chosen Playlist

Step 5: Syncing will then start and after it is complete, you will see that the playlist you just created on your iPhone is now also on iTunes under Playlists on the left pane of the iTunes window.

Playlist on iTunes

There you go. Now you have all those precious playlists you just created on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch ready for you on your Mac or PC ready for whenever you need them.

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Alvaro Bernedo

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Alvaro Bernedo

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