How to Add Music to Apple Watch

Namrata Gogoi

The Apple Watch is an extraordinary smartwatch. This slim and sleek smartwatch delivers an impressive performance both from the health and the smart perspectives. And despite being an Apple product, it has several interesting customization options. And well, if on some days, you want to leave your iPhone at home, you can listen to music directly from your watch via headphones. You can add music, albums, and playlists directly to your Apple Watch. Interesting right?

How to Add Music to Apple Watch

All you need are a pair of fully-charged truly wireless earphones, and you'll be able to listen to your favorite tracks (or podcasts) as you run and walk. Or, you can stream music directly on your watch. Both ways, it delivers a seamless experience.

Now that it's settled, let's see how to add and listen to music on your Apple Watch.

How to Add Music to Apple Watch From Your iPhone

One of the requirements for adding music from your iPhone is that the track should be available on Apple Music.

Step 1: Open the Watch app on your phone and head over to the My Watch tab at the bottom.

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Next, scroll down until you see the option for Music.

Step 2: Once done, tap on the Add Music button under Playlist and Albums.

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Now, you'll be redirected to Apple Music to select the music tracks.

Step 3: Search for the songs and tracks you'd like to add and once you have zeroed on one, tap on the little three-dot button at the top. Next, tap on Add to Album.

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Do this for all the remaining songs.

The songs will be queued up and added to the Apple Watch once you place it on the charging pug next to your iPhone. Simple, right?

The next time you listen to a new song on Apple Music, tap on the three-dot menu and select Add to Album. The songs will be automatically added to the default album. All you need to do is select and sync.

Pro Tip: The Apple Watch also has the default function to add your recent music automatically to your watch. If you are not a fan of this function, toggle the switch next to Recent Music.

At the same time, you can also add a playlist from Apple Music.

How to Delete Music from Watch

Added the wrong song? You can easily remove it.

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Just swipe left on the song and hit the Delete button.

How to Check Storage

Now, the Apple Watch doesn't have infinite storage. Along with the music tracks, the installed apps also hogs a considerable amount of built-in storage.

Thankfully, there's easy-to-check storage before you go overboard.

Open the Apple Watch app on your phone, and tap on Settings > Storage.

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The watch will analyze the storage and give you a clear picture in a couple of minutes. From there on, you can decide to add new songs or remove a few existing ones.

How to Add Music to Apple Watch Directly

Interestingly, you can add songs and albums directly on your watch as well. However, the small screen may be a tad less comfortable compared to your phone. Nonetheless, it's possible.

Step 1: Tap the crown of your Watch to go to the App page. Select and open the Music app.

Now, play a song of your liking.

Step 2: Tap on the three-dot button and select Add to Library. And that's about it.

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The next time you place your watch on its charging cradle, the selected tracks will be added right away. At the same time, do make sure that the Watch has a proper connection to the Internet.

How to Add Music From Spotify

Step 1: On your watch, open the Spotify app through the app page.

Step 2: Now, zero on the song you want to download and tap on the three-dot menu.

Next, select Download to Apple Watch.

Unlike Apple Music, you will see a green arrow next to the downloaded music. Cool, right?

How to Download Specific Tracks For Gym

Yes, you read that right. You can download specific gym music to listen to while you burn it off at the gym. Interesting, right? And these options are present right on the Apple Watch app.

Step 1: On your iPhone, open the Apple Music app and open a Playlist. You can either search for one or pick one from the home page.

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Next, tap on the three-dot menu at the top and select Add to Library.

Step 2: Next, open the Watch app and scroll down until you see the option for Workout.

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Next, select Workout Playlist, and all the saved playlists will be displayed in a list. Select one.

This playlist will automatically play when you start a workout on your phone or when your watch detects a workout.

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For now, there are two customization options. You can enjoy songs or shuffle them to ply in a different order. Cool, right?

Shake a Leg

So, this was how you could add and listen to songs and playlists on your watch. All you need is a compatible pair of earphones to listen to your favorite songs directly from your watch.


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Namrata loves writing about products and gadgets. She has been working for Guiding Tech since 2017 and has around three years of experience writing features, how-tos, buying guides, and explainers. Previously she worked as an IT Analyst at TCS, but she found her calling elsewhere.