Delete music from your iPhone (with pictures)

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Delete music from your iPhone (with pictures)
Delete music from your iPhone (with pictures)
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Sometimes you want to delete some music from your iPhone, for example to free up space or because you are tired of a certain song. In this article you can read how you can do that easily. Depending on your iOS version, you may be able to delete individual songs, entire albums, or even entire artist lists. If you have trouble deleting songs on your iPhone, you can use Itunes to resync and remove the songs you don't want on it anymore. If you want to remove the free album that Apple gives all users, there are instructions on how to do that on the internet. That includes if you want to update the most recent version of iOS and don't have enough free space.

Steps

Method 1 of 2: Method 1: Delete music using your phone iOS7

Delete Music on Your iPhone Step 1

Step 1. Check if iTunes Match is off

If iTunes Match is on, you can't delete music from your phone, even if the music is stored on your phone and not in the cloud. Go to Settings > iTunes & App Stores > iTunes Match.

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Step 2. Turn off iTunes Match

When iTunes Match is on, simply slide the button to the left.

Step 3. Hide music that is not downloaded. Go to the Settings app and click on 'music'

Turn off the 'Show all music' button. Now all music connected to your account but not downloaded will be hidden. You can never delete music that you have not downloaded.

  • As a precaution, it is best to disable or log out the 'home sharing' function as this function sometimes makes it difficult to delete music.
  • Then click the home button to return to the home screen.
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Step #4. Open the Music app

If you can't find the app that quickly, double-click the home button and swipe the recent apps bar to the right. Tap the app to open it.

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Step 5. Tap on the Number tab menu at the bottom of the screen

Now you can see all the songs that are on your iPhone.

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Step 6. Delete a song

Find the song you want to delete and swipe horizontally across the song. A red button will now appear with the word "Delete". Tap the button, now the number will be deleted.

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Step 7. Select Albums

Tap the More tab menu. Select Albums from the list at the top.

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Step 8. Delete an album

Find the album you want to delete and swipe horizontally across the album. A red button will now appear with the word "Delete". Tap the button, now the album will be deleted.

  • As of iOS 7, albums and artists can no longer be deleted in this way. But if you delete all songs from an album or artist separately, the album or artist is also deleted.
  • You cannot delete songs that are on your iCloud account but have not been downloaded. You can recognize them by a small iCloud icon to the right of the number. It is best to hide this by clicking 'Show all music' in the 'music' section of the Settings app.
  • If you can't wipe the number and there is no iCloud icon, there might be something wrong with the number. The fastest way to fix this is to use iTunes to sync the music again. Sync your iPhone with iTunes

Method 2 of 2: Method 2: Delete music using iTunes

Delete Music on Your iPhone Step 2

Step 1. On your iPhone, make sure that iTunes Match is turned off

When iTunes Match is on, you can never delete music from your phone, even if the music is stored on your phone and not in the cloud. Go to Settings > iTunes & App Stores > iTunes Match. Slide the button to the left.

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Step 2. Turn off iCloud on your iPhone

Tap Settings > iCloud. Go to the bottom of the screen and tap the red "Delete Account" button. This will log you out.

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Step 3. Launch iTunes on your computer

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Step 4. Connect your iPhone to your computer

It doesn't matter whether you connect wirelessly or with a USB cable, it works the same. Select your iPhone in iTunes.

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Step 5. Click the Music tab menu

Click the "Sync Music" button. Click on the "Delete and Sync" button to confirm.

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Step 6. Select "Selected Playlists, Artists, Albums and Genres"

You can't delete individual songs with this method, but you can delete albums, artists, playlists, and genres.

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Step 7. Deselect everything you want to remove from iPhone

Anything checked will be synced to your iPhone, anything unchecked will be removed from your iPhone.

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Step 8. Click on 'Apply'

When syncing is complete, the songs are removed from your iPhone.

Tips

  • With iTunes Match you can store your entire music library in the cloud, which saves space on your iPhone.
  • This method works on all iOS devices.

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