If you already have an Apple Music account with a paid subscription, or if you’re taking advantage of the service’s free three-month trial period, follow these steps to enable the social sharing features within Apple’s streaming music service. Note that this guide is specifically tailored for iOS devices, but the process is similar on macOS.
Creating a Profile on Apple Music
- Open Apple Music. (Note: opening Apple Music for the first time after installing iOS 11 should also give you a direct link to “Get Started” with friend sharing, so jump to Step 5 if you tap this button.)
- Tap the “For You” tab.
- Tap your profile picture in the top right corner.
- Choose “Start Sharing with Friends” and then “Get Started.”
- Upload a profile photo, type in your name, and pick a username so other Apple Music users can find you. Tap “Next” when done.
- Choose “Everyone” or “People You Choose” to determine who can see your listening history.
- Choose the playlists to share on your profile, or “Hide all” to show none.
- Pick contacts to share music with.
- Toggle on/off “Friends” and “Artists and Shows” to choose what kind of push notifications you want. Tap “Done.”
If you can’t find the friend you’re looking for in the recommended contacts section, navigate to Apple Music’s “Search” tab. With iOS 11, this area now functions as a profile and user playlist search tool as well. Start typing in their name and you might see an “in people” recommendation, or simply tap the “Search” button and you’ll see results for Songs, Albums, Playlists, Music Videos, Connect, Artists, and now People and Shared Playlists at the…