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How to Enable Apple Music Streaming Over Cellular Connection

Enjoy Apple Music anywhere.
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If you can’t play Apple Music tracks while driving or on the go, it’s probably because you need to enable streaming over a cellular connection. We’ll show you how.

Apple Music streaming via cellular connection is disabled by default on iPhone and iPad. So if you try to play an album or playlist when you’re not connected to Wi-Fi, the app just skips every track.

This is an effort to prevent those with limited data allowances from unwittingly burning through it all in just a few hours. If that’s not a problem for you, you can enable streaming music over a data connection.

Enable Apple Music Streaming on Cellular

Just follow these steps on iPhone and iPad:

  1. Open the Settings application.
  2. Faucet Music, then tap Cellular data.
  3. Tap the toggle next to Cellular data to enable it, then enable Diffusion.

Now you can stream Apple Music to your heart’s content over a 3G, 4G or 5G data connection. Just return to the Music app and play a track, album, or playlist as you normally would.

If you have a large or unlimited data allowance, you can also choose to enable High quality streaming in the Cellular Data menu. Note, however, that you may have trouble loading tracks with an uneven connection.

Changes in iOS and iPadOS 14.6

Apple has tweaked these settings slightly in its upcoming iOS and iPadOS 14.6 updates, which are currently in beta testing. So, the process of enabling cellular streaming and high-quality music is a bit different.

Activate Apple Music on Cellular
The new music settings in iOS 14.6.
Screenshots: Cult of Mac

The cellular data toggle resides directly under Music (there is no longer a Cellular Data submenu) and quality settings are under the new Cell broadcast menu.


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