When the iPhone was first released in 2007, it revolutionized the mobile phone industry, providing consumers with not only a mobile device, but also an MP3 player, able to play all your favorite songs with the tap of a button. Ever since then, with the release of iTunes and Apple Music, the music streaming industry has only improved, allowing users the ability to browse albums, download music, and play songs on repeat with relative ease.
Nonetheless, technology, just like any of us, is not free of flaws. Software bugs occur often, and usually without warning. If you’re a music enthusiast, you surely know of the dilemma that often occurs with iPhones, when songs suddenly disappear.
This is a fairly common problem, and not usually cause for concern. You’ll learn from a quick Google search, that many iPhone users have fallen victim to this dilemma. The intriguing and perhaps, annoying aspect of this dilemma is that it often happens even when there’s no mistake on your part. It can also happen with more than one song.
You may find yourself one morning about to hit the treadmill at the gym, only to discover that quite a few of your songs, or even whole albums have disappeared from your music library. So much for rocking the workout. Luckily, there’s a few things you can do to get your music library back to normal. Unfortunately, you may have to head home from the gym first to carry out some of the methods. However, not to worry, the easy to carry out methods will be listed first. To get started, follow the instructions below,
Adjust Settings and Restart Your Device
1. Open the Settings application on your iPhone. It has a grey background with an icon of a gear on it.
2. Scroll down and tap on Music.
3. Towards the top under the Apple Music heading you’ll see a toggle button labeled Show Apple Music. Make sure that this toggle button is enabled, as you may have unwittingly disabled it. The button should be green when enabled.
4. Press the Home button twice and swipe up on the Music application to close it.
5. Reopen the Music application. This will refresh the application.
Now check to see if the missing songs have reappeared in your music library. If this method didn’t work, try restarting your iPhone. Contrary to popular belief, one of the most successful methods to fixing technology is turning a device off, and then on again. To restart your iPhone, follow the instructions below,
1. Press and hold the Top or Side button until the slide to power off slider appears. Note: If you have an iPhone X or later model, you’ll have to hold the Side button and one Volume button for the slider to appear.
2. Drag the slider to turn off your device.
3. Repeat step #1 to turn on your device.
Once you see the Apple logo, your device will begin powering back on. Open your Music application and see if the problem has resolved.
Hard Reset Your iPhone
If restarting your device didn’t work, you should try carrying out a hard reset. This will refresh the memory that applications run in. This process won’t delete any data and is easy to carry out. To hard reset your iPhone, follow the instructions below,
1. Press and hold the Power and Home button until the Apple logo appears. Note: For iPhone 8 and above models, first click and release the Volume Up button, then click and release the Volume Down button, then press and hold the Power button until the slide to power off slider appears. Slide the slider to the right to hard reset your phone.
2. Release the buttons once you see the Apple logo and wait while your iPhone restarts.
Now that your applications will have refreshed their memory, open the Music application and check to see if the problem has resolved.
Use iTunes to Recover Your Missing Songs
It’s possible that iTunes made an error and now no longer recognizes certain songs on your iPhone as music. This means that the audio tracks are still taking up storage space on your device, despite not being in your music library. In order to fix this problem, follow the instructions below,
1. Connect your device to your computer using a USB cable.
2. iTunes should automatically launch and detect your iPhone. If this doesn’t happen, manually launch iTunes.
3. It’s likely that iTunes listed your disappearing music as Other media rather than Music.
4. If you see that you’ve a large amount of Other media in the storage capacity breakdown located near the bottom of iTunes when your device is selected, then you should backup your device. If you already recently backed up your device, you don’t have to do so again.
5. Open the Settings application on your iPhone.
6. Tap on General.
7. Tap Reset.
8. Tap Erase All Content and Settings.
9. Now on iTunes click on Restore to restore your device from backup.
After you’ve restored your device, check to see if the problem resolved. Please note that erasing the content on your device, and then restoring it once again may take a large amount of time. If after restoring your device, the problem still didn’t resolve, it’s best to manually manage your music, by following the instructions below,
1. Connect your device to iTunes using a USB cable.
2. Select your device.
3. Click on Summary.
4. Navigate to Options and check Manually manage music and videos.
5. Now simply drag and drop your music to your phone accordingly.
With this method, you’ll be able to securely add your music back to your library. However, if none of the above methods worked and you couldn’t even find your lost songs in iTunes, then unfortunately, all you can do is manually restore the music to your device. It’s not exactly known why this issue occurs, but Apple is known to release software updates often. Here’s to hoping that soon enough an update will come out that will prevent this problem from occurring.