How to Fix iTunes Library Disappeared

Don’t know what to do when you find that my iTunes library disappeared on computer? This post tells you how to fix the problem of iTunes library missing and find lost content back to your iTunes on your Mac/PC.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Apr. 24, 2020

“Hello, This morning to my horror. I started iTunes and found all of my 20,000+ songs and playlists I have spent years developing are missing. Could it be a problem with my hard drive or startup disc that is enabling iTunes to locate the files? I checked the file path and it seems the music is still in their folders however re-importing it all wouldn’t get the playlists back and on top of that the last back up I have was from 2014. Can anyone help.” Neil reported this problem on Apple Support Communities and searched for help.

Actually, it’s one common problem you may meet after you upgrade your iTunes to a new version. You may find all of your songs and artworks are disappeared from your iTunes library, which would be a horrible thing. Actually, don’t worry if you have met this iTunes library missing issue! There is one solution to fix this problem and we also give you one method to rebuild your iTunes library from iPhone and iPod.

Also Read: How to Transfer iTunes Library to iPhone >

Part 1. How to Get Back Missing iTunes Library on Mac/PC

Apple gives this solution to get back missing content from the iTunes library. You should update your iTunes to be the latest and then follow the below steps to fix this iTunes library missing problem.

Step 1. Quit iTunes and go to “iTunes” folder, and drag and drop “iTunes Library.itl” file to Desktop.

“iTunes Library.itl” file and other iTunes Library files are located:

For Mac users: Home/Music/iTunes. For PC users: /Users/username/Music/iTunes

iTunes Library Disappeared – How to Fix

iTunes Library Disappeared – How to Fix

Step 2. Go to “Previous iTunes Libraries” and get the latest iTunes library according to the date (iTunes Library YYYY-MM-DD.itl).

Step 3. Drag the latest iTunes library to “iTunes” folder and change the name to “iTunes Library”.

Step 4. Open iTunes, all contents will come back.

Part 2. How to Rebuild iTunes Library from iPhone with AnyTrans for iOS

If you can’t get back your lost content on your iTunes library by using the method above, there is one iOS content manager – AnyTrans for iOS that you can use to restore iTunes library from iPhone, iPad and iPod. Here are some main features of it you may be interested in:

Below are the details about how to use it to rebuild the iTunes library to fix this iTunes library missing issue.

Step 1Download AnyTrans for iOS, install and run it on your computer. Connect your iOS device to computer by using USB cable. Then tap Device Manager and choose “Content to iTunes” button.

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Choose Content to iTunes in AnyTrans for iOS

Choose Content to iTunes in AnyTrans for iOS

Step 2. Select the categories you want to transfer from device to iTunes library, and click “Next” button to rebuild your iTunes library.

Select Categories you Want to Transfer to iTunes

Select Categories you Want to Transfer to iTunes

Step 3. You can click the tab named “iTunes library” to check whether all selected categories are transferred to iTunes. Or you can open the iTunes app to check directly.

Check iTunes Library

Check iTunes Library

The Bottom Line

This is all about how to fix iTunes Library disappeared/iTunes library missing problem and how to rebuild your iTunes Library with the help of AnyTrans for iOS. Hope you can find it helpful after reading this post. If you still have questions, please leave us a comment, we will replay as soon as possible.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.