How to add, remove and manage music on your Apple Watch

Music in Watch App on iPhone

A terrific feature of your Apple Watch is that you can add and sync music to it independently of your iPhone. So if you pop in your earbuds, you can listen to your favorite tunes or hear your playlist while you’re working out.

Here’s how to add, remove, and manage music on your Apple Watch.

Managing music on Apple Watch

Add your music to Apple Watch

While you cannot currently add individual songs, you can add albums and playlists to your Apple Watch. This is a good way to make sure that only the music you want is available if you’re concerned about storage space.

1) Open the Watch app on your iPhone and select the My Watch tab.

2) Tap Music.

3) At the bottom, tap Add Music.

4) Select from your library and tap the plus sign.

Add Music to Apple Watch

You’ll then see the item you added at the bottom of the screen under Playlists & Albums.

Decide which Apple Music playlists to download

If you subscribe to Apple Music, some playlists are automatically added to your Apple Watch. These appear the top of the Music screen in the Watch app (above).

Move the toggle for any playlist you do not want to download when your Watch is charging.

Apple Music Downloads to Apple Watch

Add workout music to Apple Watch

If you use your Apple Watch for your exercise routine, you can add a playlist specifically for that activity. Then when you begin a workout, that playlist will automatically (unless you’re listening to different music at the time).

1) Open the Watch app on your iPhone and select the My Watch tab.

2) Tap Workout.

3) Toward the bottom, tap Workout Playlist.

4) Select your playlist and then tap the arrow to go back.

5) You’ll see the name of your playlist in the Workout Playlist spot.

Add Workout Playlist on Apple Watch

View the music storage space

If you want to check and see how much storage space the music you add to your Apple Watch takes up, do one of the following.

On iPhone

1) Open the Watch app on your iPhone and select the My Watch tab.

2) Select General.

3) Tap Usage.

Scroll to Music and you’ll see the amount of space used.

Watch General Usage Music Storage

On Apple Watch

1) Open Settings on your Apple Watch.

2) Select General.

3) Tap Usage.

Use your Digital Crown to scroll to Music.

Apple Watch Settings Usage Music

Remove music from Apple Watch

If you add albums or playlists to your Apple Watch that you want to remove later, it’s easy.

1) Open the Watch app on your iPhone and select the My Watch tab.

2) Tap Music.

3) At the top, tap Edit.

4) Tap the minus sign for the item you want to remove.

Edit Music on Apple Watch

5) Tap Delete and then confirm this action by tapping Remove.

6) Tap Done when you finish.

Remove Music on Apple Watch

Deleting albums or playlists on your Apple Watch will not delete them from your iPhone.

Wrapping it up

Having music on your Apple Watch, whether for listening in the office or during a workout, is a great feature of your wearable.

What are your thoughts on adding music to your Apple Watch? Let us know below or on Twitter.

For more help, check out how to keep your podcasts in sync on Apple Watch.