Music videos

How to Watch Music Videos in Apple Music

With your Apple Music subscription, you get access to thousands of high-quality, ad-free music videos on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. You can browse videos from your favorite artists or sit back and relax while watching video playlists curated by Apple’s dedicated music team.

While just listening to your favorite music with your best noise canceling headphones is a great way to experience Apple Music, music videos let you add a visual experience while you listen.

Here’s how to watch music videos in Apple Music on your best iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple TVs.

How to Browse Music Videos in Apple Music

You can browse Apple Music’s music videos page to find something fun to watch, including curated video playlists for your favorite genres and decades.

  1. Launch Apple Music on your iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV.
  2. Click on Browse.
  3. Click on Music Videos. On iPhone and iPad, it’s just below playlist. On Mac and Apple TV, it’s at the top next to playlist.

Find music videos on Apple Music: Select music videos in Apple Music (Image credit: iMore)

You can scroll through new and featured music videos, playlists and more. Find something you’d like to watch and click on it to start watching.

How to Find Specific Music Videos in Apple Music

If you know what you are looking for, you can easily find any music video available on Apple Music with a quick search.

  1. Just type the Last name of the song or the artist (or both) in the search field.
  2. When the results appear, scroll down to Videos Section.

Find music videos on Apple Music: Find a specific artist or song, then select the video. (Image credit: iMore)

If an artist or song you’re looking for doesn’t have a music video section, it’s not available in Apple Music.

How to Add Music Videos to Your Library in Apple Music

You can add music videos found in Apple Music to your library so they’re easier to find and watch anytime.

  1. Select the Musical clip you want to add to your library
  2. On your iPhone or iPad, tap the Add a button (it looks like a plus symbol) next to the video. On Apple TV, press the menu button on the Siri Remote, then swipe up to More button at the top of the screen (it looks like three dots). On Mac, click the Add a button next to the video.

Add music videos to Apple Music: Select the Add to button (Image credit: iMore)

The video clip will now be listed in your library where you can flow this. If you want to download music videos for offline viewing, download them to your iPhone, iPad, or Mac (unfortunately, you can’t download anything to Apple TV).

How to Download Music Videos to Your Device in Apple Music

Whether you already have a music video in your library or just found it in Apple Music, you can download it to your iPhone, iPad or Mac to watch offline. Create your perfect playlist and watch it in the middle of nowhere.

  1. Select the Musical clip you want to download to your device.
  2. On your iPhone or iPad, tap the Add a button (it looks like a plus symbol) next to the video. On Mac, click the Add a button next to the video.
  3. Select the Download button (it looks like a cloud with an arrow pointing down).

Download music videos to Apple Music: Select the Download button (Image credit: iMore)

The music video will download to your iPhone, iPad or Mac. Keep in mind how much storage space you have on your devices. Music videos take up around 50-100MB of space (compared to around 15MB for songs).

How to View Music Videos Added to Your Library in Apple Music

Your library is where your content resides. Whether it’s music ripped from your personal CD collection, purchased from iTunes, or added from Apple Music (if it’s from Apple Music, it doesn’t belong to you. You “borrow” it with your subscription). When you want to find your music videos, you may need to filter iTunes or your Music app to see them.

  1. Launch Apple Music on your iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV.
  2. Select Library.
  3. Select Music Videos from your library’s content list. On Mac, it’s in the sidebar on the left. On Apple TV, it’s in the sidebar on the right.

View music videos in Apple Music: Select music videos from your library (Image credit: iMore)

If you don’t see Music Videos, you may need to add it. On iPhone and iPad, tap Edit in the upper right corner of your library. Then press Music Videos to add it to the list.

Add music clips from your settings in Apple Music: select Edit, then select Music clips (Image credit: iMore)

How to Create a Video Playlist in Apple Music

Playlists aren’t just for songs. You can create the perfect music video playlist and fill it with all the videos of your favorite artists doing the floss (it will happen eventually).

  1. Select a Musical clip you want to put in a playlist.
  2. On iPhone and iPad, force-press or long-press the video. On Mac, right-click or Ctrl-click on the video (when it is not playing). On Apple TV, press the menu button on the Siri Remote and swipe up to More button at the top of the screen (it looks like three dots).
  3. Select Add to playlist.

Create a video playlist on Apple Music: Control-click, force or long-press the video, then select Add to Playlist (Image credit: iMore)
  1. If you are creating a new playlist, select New playlist. You can also add it to an existing playlist.
  2. Name your new playlist.

New Playlist in Apple Music: Select New Playlist, then name the playlist (Image credit: iMore)

From now on, when you want to add a music video or song to your new playlist, it will be there.

How to Share a Video in Apple Music

On iPhone, iPad, and Mac, you can share a link to a music video on Twitter, Facebook, Messages, and a variety of different places using sharing extensions.

  1. Select a Musical clip you want to put in a playlist.
  2. On iPhone and iPad, force-press or long-press the video. On Mac, right-click or Ctrl-click on the video (when it is not playing).
  3. Select Share a music video.
  4. Select the method you want to share the video.

Share a video in Apple Music: Control-click, force, or long-press the video, then select Share (Image credit: iMore)

On Mac, you can copy the link or share it directly on Twitter and Facebook. On iPhone and iPad, you can share it with a wide variety of services, including Facebook and Twitter, as well as cloud-based storage services, Pinterest, chat apps, note-taking apps, and more.

How to Control Video Playback in Apple Music

For the most part, controlling music video playback in Apple Music is the same as controlling any video. Tap or click Play, Pause, Fast Forward and Rewind. There are a few more ways to control music video playback in Apple Music, though, which makes it a bit more fun.

How to Control Video Playback in Apple Music Using Siri

Siri on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV knows what to do when you ask it to skip forward, rewind, pause, and play a music video. You just have to ask.

  • “Hey. Siri. Play the clip for Prince – Let’s Go Crazy.”
  • “Hey, Siri. Break.”
  • “Hey, Siri. Skip to the next music video.”
  • “Hey, Siri. Play the music video again.”

Asking Siri to start playing a video clip is a bit tricky. Sometimes it plays an audio track instead, but sometimes it understands and plays the video you requested. I’ve never been able to get Siri to play a music video on my Mac. However, all playback controls after the video starts work perfectly.

How to Control Video Playback in Apple Music Using AirPods

If you’re watching music videos in Apple Music, your AirPods can be used to control playback the same way you’re listening to music.

Depending on what you assigned to your left and right ear double tap, you can pause/play, skip to next music video, play previous music video, or double tap to ask Siri to your request.

How to Control Video Playback in Apple Music on Apple TV Using HomePod

If you have one or more HomePods connected to your Apple TV, you can indeed ask Siri on your HomePod to start playing a music video, pause, play, forward, rewind, and more. Just ask Siri on your Homepod.

  • “Hey. Siri. Play the clip for Prince – Let’s Go Crazy.”
  • “Hey, Siri. Break.”
  • “Hey, Siri. Skip to the next music video.”
  • “Hey, Siri. Play the music video again.”

Again, asking Siri to start playing a music video is a bit tricky. Sometimes it plays an audio track instead, but sometimes it understands and plays the video you requested. However, all playback controls after the video starts work perfectly.

Apple Music plans

Apple Music currently has three different plans; an individual subscription, a family subscription, which supports up to six people via Family Sharing, and the newest cheapest plan, the Apple Music Voice plan, which can only be used with Siri.

All plans give you access to the entire Apple Music song library, but the Apple Music Voice plan does not allow you to watch music videos. If you want to watch a music video as described above in this guide, you will need to switch plans.

Updated March 2022: Updated for iOS 15 and macOS Monterey.