While it’s great to have every album you have in your pocket, putting all your music on your iPhone can lead to storage issues, leaving you with no room for videos, photos, and games. Fortunately, there are solutions to this problem.
In this article, we’ll show you how to delete music on your iPhone or iPad and explain how you can still access tracks without storing them on your device.
Delete one album or song at a time
Open the Music app. On the Library tab, select Albums or Songsand find the track or album you want to delete. Press and hold an album or tap on the small three-dot menu and you’ll be presented with a list of options, one of which is a red trash can icon that says Remove from library. Tap this and you will be asked to confirm the deletion.
Please note that if you purchased music and don’t have an iTunes backup on your Mac or the cloud, you may lose the album or have to re-import it into iTunes when you want to add it to your catalog. device again. If you have previously purchased music from iTunes or subscribed to Apple Music, you can download it again for free.
Delete music at once
If you have a lot of albums on your phone, or you just want to erase everything from the board and start over, there’s a quick way to delete everything in one go. To do this, go to Settings > General > iPhone storage.
At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see a list of all the apps on your phone, sorted by how much storage they use. (Data capture at the top.) Find the Music app, then tap it to continue.
At the bottom of this screen, you’ll see your music library listed (alphabetically) by artist, with a number next to each indicating how much space they take up. At the top, you’ll also see how much space your entire music library takes up.
Click the “Edit” button above “All Songs” and you can delete an artist’s complete catalog or your entire library by tapping the minus sign or swiping left on an artist. You can also click on an artist to view their albums and songs, and swipe or click Edit to remove individual tracks. After making your choice, click Made.
Delete Music with iTunes
Another solution for those who are still connecting their devices to a computer is to use iTunes. (At least for those using macOS Mojave or earlier, or the version of iTunes for Windows. In macOS Catalina, iTunes’ music duties are taken over by the dedicated Music app, while podcasts and TV take on other roles.)
Connect your device to Mac or PC and open iTunes. Click the iPhone icon in the top left corner, then select Music under “Settings” in the left menu. Make sure Sync Music is ticked, as is “Selected playlists, artists, albums and genres” below. Now you just need to make sure nothing is ticked – no songs, no genres, nothing. Near Sync Music it should say “0 songs” at the top.
When you click “Apply”, iTunes will delete all music from iPhone and “replace” it with new sync and delete all your saved music.
How to keep access to music you have deleted
Any music you buy from the iTunes store is always available to re-download if you delete it, and Apple’s iTunes Match means you can access your entire catalog for $24.99 / £21.99 at year. There’s also Apple Music, which offers a huge collection of music and videos ready to stream anytime for $10.99/£10.99 a month, or $5.99/£5.99 if you’re a student . You can also sign up for a free trial here.
The great thing about iTunes Match and Apple Music is that you can download any track in your collection and listen to it anytime (as long as you have a data connection). It’s also good because you can delete any tracks on your phone if you need to and be sure they’ll still be there in the cloud the next time you want to play them.