9 Solutions to Fix Apple Music Not Working on Android

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December 20, 2023

Apple Music generally works great on Android. Scroll through some posts and you may see people constantly feeling that Apple Music works more smoothly on Android than is does on iOS. On android you get lossless, dolby atmos, animated album covers, all the radio shows and music videos. It seems Apple Music Sing is all that is truly unavailable on Android.

However, some people also encounter some errors while playing Apple Music on Android. Here we’ll talk about how to fix Apple Music not playing on Android issues.

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1. Check the internet connection

Connect your devices to the Internet over a Wi-Fi or cellular network. 

2. Check your Apple Music subscription

Make sure that your Apple Music subscription hasn’t expired. You can check your subacription details on your account information page.

  1. Open Apple Music app on your Android device.
  2. Tap the three-dots icon on the top right corner.
  3. Tap Account.
  4. Check your subscription.

3. Force closing Apple Music

Force stopping apps or services ends all foreground and background activity. Use the Android Settings app to halt the app completely. On most Android devices, force closing an app can be handled in the following manner:

  1. Launch Settings on your phone.
  2. Select the Apps or Apps & Notifications or Apps & services option.
  3. You may need to select See all apps to view all opened applications.
  4. Tap Apple Music.
  5. Choose the Force Stop option.
  6. Confirm your decision by selecting OK.
Force closing Apple Music

4. Clear Apple Music cache and data

One of the most common Apple Music issues is Android users not being able to play songs on the platform properly. A simple fix for this issue is removing the cache. Clearing the cache on your Android phone is pretty straightforward. Clearing Apple Music cache and data won’t remove your playlists. Follow these steps to do it:

  1. Launch Settings on your phone and tap Apps
  2. Find and select Apple Music from the list. 
  3. Press the Storage & cache option. 
  4. Tap Clear cache and Clear Data.
Clear Apple Music cache and data

5. Sign out and sign in again

To sign out of Apple Music: open Apple Music, tap the three dots > Account > Sign Out.

Then sign in with the right Apple ID.

6. Add the songs to your Library and download

Tap the three-dots icon next to the song and choose Add to Library. Then tap the three-dots icon and choose Download.

7. Check if the songs are greyed out

Check if those songs are greyed out in your playlist. If the songs are not available in your region, they will load infinitely when you play them in a playlist. Just delete the greyed out songs from library or playlist.

8. Re-download songs

If downloaded songs won’t play, remove the download, clearing the app’s cache, and then download the songs again.

9. Turn on Sync Library

You must turn on Sync Library to download music from Apple Music to your library. With the latest version of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS, Sync Library is turned on by default. If you turned off Sync Library, you can turn it back on. Just follow the steps below for your device.

On Mac

  1. Open the Apple Music app.
  2. From the menu bar at the top of your screen, choose Music > Preferences.
  3. Go to the General tab and select Sync Library to turn it on. 
  4. Click OK.
Turn on Sync Library

10. Remove your device from previous Apple ID

If you encounter below error, it means your device is linked to another Apple ID.

linked to another Apple ID

Computers and devices can be associated with a different Apple ID once every 90 days. Days remaining indicates the number of days before you can associate that specific computer or device with a different Apple ID.

If you remember the previous Apple ID which your device linked to, log in that Apple ID and remove your device.

On your Mac or PC

  1. On your Mac, open the Apple Music app. Or on your PC, open iTunes for Windows.
  2. From the menu bar on your Mac, choose Account > Account Settings. Or from the menu bar in iTunes on your PC, choose Account > View My Account. You might need to sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. Click Manage Devices. If no devices are associated with your Apple ID, this section won’t appear.
  4. If you want to remove a device, click Remove. If you can’t remove a device, sign out of your Apple ID on that device and try again. If you still can’t remove it, you might need to wait up to 90 days to associate the device with a different Apple ID.
Manage devices

11. Play Apple Music on Android with other music player

If you often encounter kinds of issues while playing songs from Apple Music, you can use this third-party Apple Music downloading tool – Pazu Apple Music Converter to download Apple Music songs to MP3 and then play with other music player on your Android device.

Pazu Apple Music Converter lets you convert any copy protected Apple Music and iTunes songs you have in your library to MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A, AIFF without any loss in quality. One of the distinguishing features of Pazu Apple Music Converter is that it can download and convert Apple Music at a really fast speed — almost 10 times faster than any other similar software. It is integrated with the Apple Music web player, so you can batch convert any Apple Music playlist or album to the format you choose without iTunes app. The following tutorial will show you how to download Apple Music to MP3 and get Apple Music for free. 

Step 1 Launch Pazu Apple Music Converter

Download, install and run Pazu Apple Music Converter on your Mac or Windows.

Apple Music Converter

Step 2 Choose output format

The default format is M4A in 256kbps. Apple Music Converter also supports MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV and AIFF. Click the gear icon if you want to change output format or output folder.

Apple Music Converter settings

Step 3 Choose a playlist, artist or album you want to download

Follow the on-screen instructions to choose a playlist, artist, or album that you want to download.

add Apple Music songs

Step 4 Start to download Apple Music songs

Click “Convert” button to start downloading Apple Music songs, albums and playlists to mp3. After conversion, you can play the songs on Android with your favorite music player, even after cancelling Apple Music subscription.

convert Apple Music to MP3