iOS 11 Beta: Apple Music Finally Gets Social Features

One way that Apple Music has lagged behind Spotify is its lack of social sharing features. But Apple aims to change that with iOS 11. Any Apple Music subscriber who has downloaded the iOS 11 Beta onto their iPhone or iPad can now create an Apple Music profile and then follow friends and discover new music through the music streaming service. Here's how it works:

Related: Can’t Wait for iOS 11? Here’s How to Sign Up for Apple’s Beta Program

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Please note that the steps, features, and appearances here are from the iOS 11 Beta and therefore may change as new versions are released. We'll be updating this post regularly as changes are made.

Set up your Apple Music profile

First, open the Music app and tap the For You tab. Tap Get Started. Add an image and a nickname and then tap Next.

  

Choose your Apple Music privacy settings

Next choose whether you want your profile to be public or visible only to people you choose. After that, decide which playlists you want to make visible to friends.

  

Connect with friends on Apple Music

Find friends who are sharing Music and tap Follow. If you have made your profile private, you will also have to approve your friends' follow requests by tapping the green check mark.

  

Share music with your friends

Once you're connected you can discover cool new music by seeing what your friends are listening to and adding their playlists to your library.

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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor of iPhone Life magazine. Previously she wrote for savvyvegetarian.com and was the Associate Editor of the Iowa Source for many years.