How to Sort Songs in an Apple Music Playlist

What there is to know

  • To sort Apple Music playlists, open the ellipse () and select To sort.
  • Sorting options include Playlist order, Title, Artist, Albumand Release date.
  • To move individual songs, open the ellipsis menu, select Editmove the piece and select Do.

The order of songs in an Apple Music playlist can be rearranged manually one by one or all at once using the built-in sort function. This page covers the steps for both methods of sorting Apple Music playlists.



How to Sort Playlists in Apple Music

Here’s how to sort a playlist in Apple Music using the sort feature.


The following instructions for sorting Apple Music playlists apply to iPhones running iOS 16 and above.

  1. On the Apple Music Library tab, select Playlists.


  2. Tap the Apple Music playlist you want to sort.


  3. Select the ellipse () in the upper right corner.


  4. Select sort by.


  5. Choose your preferred sorting filter.

    • Playlist order: The order of songs in the saved playlist. Selecting this option when it is already selected will reverse the order of the songs.
    • Title: Sorts the songs in the playlist alphabetically from A to Z.
    • Artist: Lists songs in alphabetical order from A to Z according to the name of the performer or composer credited.
    • Album: Sorts the songs in the playlist alphabetically from A to Z according to their album name.
    • Release date: Sorts songs chronologically from newest to oldest, indicated by a down arrow. Select this option again to sort from oldest to newest, indicated by an up arrow.


How to Sort Individual Songs in Apple Music Playlists

If you just want to change the order of specific songs in a playlist in Apple Music instead of the whole list, you can do it manually. Keep in mind that moving an individual song will change its saved order in the playlist, not just how it’s viewed during the current session. However, you can move the songs as many times as you want.


  1. Select the ellipse () in the upper right corner.


  2. Select Edit.


  3. Long press the three horizontal lines to the right of the track you want to move and drag the track up or down to the desired position in the playlist.


  4. Once all your songs are sorted, select Do. Your Apple Music playlist is now sorted.


How to Delete a Song from an Apple Music Playlist

To completely remove a song from a playlist in Apple Music, select the ellipse () next to the song you want to delete and tap Remove from Reading List.


Removing a song from a playlist will simply remove it from that specific playlist. The song will still remain in your Apple Music library and any other playlists it’s been added to.


FAQs

  • How to share a playlist on Apple Music?

    To share an Apple Music playlist, long press the playlist and tap To share. You can also set up Family Sharing so other people can use your account.

  • How do I transfer my Spotify playlist to Apple Music?


  • How to delete a playlist on Apple Music?

    To delete an Apple Music playlist, long press the playlist and tap Delete from Library > Delete Reading List. To remove an individual song from a playlist, tap Edittap the red button to the left of the track, then tap Wipe off. When you’re done editing the playlist, tap Do to save changes.