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2 Solutions to Restore iTunes Playlists

1. Restore iTunes Playlist from Previous Backup

This is helpful only when you have a backup of your iTunes folder before. Or you should try the first ways.

Step 1. Quite iTunes.

Step 2. Locate your external hard drive where you bakcup your iTunes folder before.

Step 3. Drag the iTunes folder from the external hard drive back to its default location.

Step 4. Open iTunes while pressing Shift key (Windows) or Options key (Mac).

Step 5. The window “Choose iTunes Library” will pop up, choose Choose Library.

Step 6. Choose the iTunes library that you dragged in Step 3. Click Choose or Open and select the iTunes Library.itl inside.

Tips

Tips to Backup iTunes Library to External Hard Drive

  1. Launch iTunes on your computer. Go to Edit > Preferences > Advanced.
  2. Check “Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library”. When you click on this option, iTunes will make a copy of the iTunes media folder.
  3. Go to File > Library > Organize Library. Make sure Consolidate files is checked and hit OK.
  4. Quite iTunes. Go to your iTunes folder (you can find the directory from Edit > Preferences > Advanced on iTunes). Drag the iTunes folder to external hard drive.

2. Restore iTunes Playlists from Old iTunes Music Library.xml

Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes first. Step 1. Quit iTunes.

Step 2. Find the iTunes folder on your computer.

  1. For Windows: Navigate to C:UsersusernameMusiciTunes
  2. For Mac: At the top of your Mac screen, go to Go > Home from the menu bar. Then go to Music folder and then iTunes folder.

Step 3. In the iTunes folder, locate files with the name “iTunes Music Library.xml” and drag it to your desktop.

Step 4. Re-launch iTunes. Before anything, go to the File > Library > Import Playlist.

Step 5. Locate the “iTunes Music Library.xml” on your desktop and select it.

Step 6. Select OK. iTunes will automatically recreate your lost playlists.

This process should magically restore your iTunes library to an earlier state before it was accidentally removed. If you fail to find the iTunes Music Librart.xml, this way is not available for you.

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Fix Android Issues

Locate and manage backups stored in iCloud

If you have iCloud backup enabled, then this section is written for you. We will help you to find iCloud backups on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and PC.

1. For iOS devices: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch:

  • With iOS 11 and later:  
  1. Navigate to Settings  
  2. Tap your username
  3. Tap iCloud
  4. Tap Manage Storage
  5. Tap Backups
  • With iOS 10.3 and earlier:  
  1. Navigate to Settings  
  2. Tap your username
  3. Tap iCloud  
  4. Tap the graph that shows your iCloud usage
  5. Tap Manage Storage

Now, you should be able to manage your iOS backups. Note that you can manage the content only from the settings menu of the device that stores that information. For example, if you wish to back up content on an iPad, you have to use this specific iPad to be able to back up your data.

2. For Macs with macOS Catalina 10.15 and later:

  1. Open Apple menu
  2. Select System Preferences
  3. Click Apple ID
  4. Click iCloud
  5. Click Manage
  6. Select Backups
  7. Delete backups you no longer need

3. For Macs with macOS Mojave 10.14 and earlier:

  1. Open Apple menu
  2. Select System Preferences
  3. Click iCloud
  4. Click Manage
  5. Select Backups
  6. Delete backups you no longer need
4. For a PC

4. For a PC

  1. Launch iCloud for Windows
  2. Open Storage
  3. Select Backup
  4. Delete backups you no longer need

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