How to Fix: Apple Music Search Not Working

Posted by Adam Gorden on May 31, 2021 4:04 PM.

Q: When I updated my iPhone to iOS 14 beta 4 a few weeks ago, my Apple Music search hasn't been searching Albums, Artists, Songs, etc. The search feature still works properly on macOS, Windows, and Web, so it just appears on my iOS devices. Any ideas?

Search is an indispensable feature for a streaming music service that holds 75 million tracks in its library. So, when Apple Music users counter on this search problem - Apple Music search not working, it is urgent for them to get it fixed as soon as possible. Otherwise, they will totally miss the huge library of Apple Music and then the subscription seems to be meaningless. Of course, you can contact Apple to ask for help. But when you are awaiting its reply and solution, just try the following fixes to give yourself a chance to fix this problem by yourself because just like Apple Music not available and other Apple Music issues, this search issue is easy to fix by yourself.

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Part 1. Possible reasons for search not working in Apple Music
Part 2. How to fix Apple Music search not working
Part 3. Additional tip: Listen to Apple Music songs without subscription

Part 1. Possible reasons for search not working in Apple Music

There are generally 3 kinds of issues causing Apple Music search not working. Knowing the root of this problem will benefit the fix on this problem.

iOS issue: Your iOS may be outdated. You need to update it to the latest version.

Internet connection issue: Sometimes the unstable internet connection will cause Apple Music search not working.

Other bugs on Apple Music app: Maybe some other glitches on the Apple Music app lead to this problem.

Part 2. How to fix Apple Music search not working

After collecting information from the Apple Music users and testing on the suggested fixes. We find the best 4 solutions to fix search not working in Apple Music.

1. Force close Apple Music app

The first method is to force close your Apple Music app on your device. This method can easily fix Apple Music search not working on iPhone and other devices. Take iPhone as an example.

On iPhone X and later models, swipe up the Home Screen from the bottom and stop in the middle. Find the Apple Music app and swipe up the window of Apple Music to force close it.

On other iPhone models and iPod touch, double-click the Home button to show the apps that are recently used. Find the Apple Music app and swipe it up.

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2. Use a stable WiFi and reset network settings

The network can be a factor for Apple Music search not working on MacBook, iPhone, and other devices. So you need to find a stable WiFi to provide a good and stable network for Apple Music and avoid the Apple Music search not working problem.

You can also try to reset network settings on your iPhone or iPad to fix Apple Music search stops working. Just navigate to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

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3. Restart your device

Restarting it is always a good method to fix many exasperating matters on your phone, tablet and most devices you use. When you are aware of the Apple Music search not working, try to restart your device first.

If you use an Android phone, you can restart it with this guide. Generally speaking, you can restart your phone by pressing and holding the Power button which is usually located on the right side of your phone. Then a menu including the Restart button will appear. Just click the Restart button to restart your phone.

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4. Update iOS

A large number of users find this Apple Music search not working issue appears on iPhone. This means that iOS may be the reason for this problem. For people countering on the same condition, it is sensible to update iOS. Here is the method to update iOS wirelessly. Before you start to update, make sure your iPhone has enough power and is connected to stable WiFi.

Step 1. Navigate to Settings > General, then tap on the Software Update button.

Step 2. Tap Download and Install. Follow the instruction on your screen to finish the update.

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Part 3. Additional tip: Listen to Apple Music songs without subscription

If you find all these fixes cannot solve Apple Music search not working and get tired of paying for Apple Music, why not stop the subscription for Apple Music and wait for the reaction of Apple for this issue. It should be noted that you cannot access all the Apple Music songs including the downloaded songs. If you want to keep the songs you already have on Apple Music and cancel Apple Music subscription, here is a solution - convert Apple Music to MP3. Then you can use any music player to stream them without the subscription.

To convert Apple Music to MP3 needs a dedicated application to remove Apple Music's restriction. ViWizard Apple Music Converter can help you, which has the ability to convert Apple Music without causing any quality loss and retain all the ID3 tags and metadata info, like song title, cover, genre, year, etc. And also, ViWizard supports batch conversion at up to surprisingly 30X fast speed. In addition, this powerful audio tool can convert iTunes tracks and audiobooks and Audible books, or other common audios.

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