A Closer Look at the Apple Music Profile Page in iOS 11


The new profile page is accessible from the top of the For You tab in Apple Music. When clicking on this for the first time, you’ll be asked to add an image and nickname.

The latter is how other Apple Music users can find you. In my case, I selected a nickname that matches my Twitter account, @bryanmwolfe.

Next, select Choose Artists For You, to identify the type of music you’re into. This screen should look familiar. It’s the one Apple Music has been using since the service launched in 2015.

Click on the bubbles to tell Apple Music what type of songs you like (and don’t like), and then hit “Next.”

On the next screen, choose some of your favorite artists based on your music preferences from the previous screen. Again, click on bubbles to select; the bigger the bubble, the more you like someone. Hit “Done” to complete this step.

Now it’s time to Discover Music With Friends. From this screen, you’re able to share music, see your friends’ music, and discover new music together. Click “Get Started” to activate.

The two choices are:

  • Everyone can follow you and see your activity
  • People You Choose – Only people you approve can see your activity

On the next screen, Apple Music suggests playlists for your profile page and in search. By default, all of your playlists are turned on. Use the toggles to turn off the ones you don’t want to share.

My advice: Delete the playlists you no longer want and only share the ones you really enjoy, not all of them.

Now, find and follow friends. In the latest iOS 11 beta, this section includes a listing of your friends who already use Apple Music alongside “invite” buttons. You can also “find more friends” from the same screen. Once completed, hit “Done.”

Finally, tell Apple Music when you’d like to get “updates you care about.” Choices include:

  • Artists and Shows – When there are new releases of your favorite music, TV and radio shows.
  • Friends – When friends join Apple Music or start following you.

Make your selection and then hit “Done.”

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