How to Select Multiple Playlists on an iPhone

If your workout is longer than your playlist, just combine it with another.
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Whether you're at the gym, at work, or at a party, you may find yourself needing more music -- or more types of music -- than any one of your iPhone playlists can provide. If such an occasion has prompted you to try to select multiple playlists, you've probably realized there's no explicit function that enables you to. However, you can combine playlists in iTunes or add songs from multiple playlists to one on the iPhone to work around this.

1 Using iTunes

2 Click File

Click "File," "New" and "Playlist."

3 Name the playlist

Name the playlist so you'll recognize it as a combination of the multiple playlists you want to select.

4 Click Playlists

Click "Playlists" from the navigation bar to bring up your playlists. Drag and drop playlists onto the new combined playlist, one at a time, until you've combined the desired playlists into one.

5 Connect the iPhone

Connect the iPhone to the computer with the iPhone USB cable and sync the combined playlist to the iPhone.

6 Using Only the iPhone

7 Open the Music app

Open the "Music" app and select "Playlists" from the menu across the bottom of the screen.

8 Add Playlist

Touch "Add Playlist" and type a name for the playlist in pop-up that appears to get to the Songs tab.

9 Touch the Playlists tab

Touch the "Playlists" tab along the bottom of the screen.

10 Touch the playlist

Touch the playlist you want to add to your combined playlist. Touch each song within it to select the entire playlist. Repeat to add songs from multiple playlists.

Allison Boley writes both fiction and nonfiction, having placed as a semifinalist in the international Scriptapalooza Semi-Annual Television Writing Competition. Boley graduated summa cum laude from the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University, where she is concurrently pursuing her doctorate in physics.