How to Fix iTunes Library Disappeared


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.


May 05, 2016


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AnyTrans – 1-Click Rebuild iTunes Library

AnyTrans enables you to quickly transfer media files from iPhone iPod to your iTunes library on Mac and PC, compatible with iOS 9/8/7/6/5.

"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 start up 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 it! There is one solution to fix this problem and we also give your 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 iTunes library. You should update your iTunes to be the latest and then follow the below steps to fix this iTunes library disappearing problem.

Step 1. Quit iTunes and go to "iTunes" folder. For Mac users: Home/Music/iTunes. For PC users: /Users/username/My Music/iTunes/

iTunes Library Disappeared – How to Fix

iTunes Library Disappeared – How to Fix

Step 2. Drag and drop "Library.itl" file to Desktop.

Step 3. Go to "Previous iTunes Libraries" and get the latest iTunes library according to the date.

Step 4. Drag the latest iTunes library to "iTunes" folder and change the name to "iTunes Library".

Step 5. Open iTunes, all contents will come back.

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

If you are not satisfied with the solution in the part 1 or you can’t get back your lost content on your iTunes library by using the method above, there is one iOS content manager – AnyTrans that you can use to restore iTunes library from iPhone, iPad and iPod. Below are the details about how to use it to rebuild iTunes library.

Step 1. Download AnyTrans, install and run it on your computer. Connect your iOS device to computer by using USB cable and choose "Content to iTunes" button.

Rebuild iTunes Library from iPhone – Step 1

Rebuild iTunes Library from iPhone – Step 1

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

Rebuild iTunes Library from iPhone – Step 2

Rebuild iTunes Library from iPhone – Step 2

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

Rebuild iTunes Library from iPhone – Step 3

Rebuild iTunes Library from iPhone – Step 3

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