How to Change the Workout Playlist on an Apple Watch

Playing music while you workout is something that a lot of people do. The music that you like to listen to while you exercise may be different than the music that you listen to other times, and it can be useful for your watch to automatically start playing a playlist that you’ve created when you start a workout.

But you may find that your watch is playing the wrong playlist when you start working out, so you might be wondering how you can change that. Our tutorial below will show you how to set a specific playlist to launch automatically when you start a workout.


How to Use a Different Playlist When You Start a Workout on Your Apple Watch

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 11.3.2. The Apple Watch being affected is an Apple Watch 2 using WatchOS 4.3.2. Note that this guide assumes that you have created playlists in the default Music app on your iPhone. This workout playlist can only be selected from the options available in that app.

Step 1: Open the Watch app.

open the watch app



Step 2: Choose the My Watch tab at the bottom-left corner of the screen.

select the my watch tab



Step 3: Scroll down and select the Workout app.

open the apple watch workout app



Step 4: Scroll to the bottom of this menu and select the Workout Playlist option.

how change workout playlist apple watch



Step 5: Select the playlist that you want to hear when you start a workout on your watch.

choose your workout playlist



Note that if you are already listening to music, this won’t change the music that is currently playing. This only affects your workout when you aren’t already listening to music. If you don’t want to have a playlist start automatically, select the None option at the top of the menu.

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