How To Delete Music from Apple Music Library 

Maybe you want to free up some space on your Apple device like your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. You can decide to delete some music files, songs, or even albums stored in your Apple library.  

This isn’t much of a big deal as you can do it all alone if you adhere to the various guides given in this article.  

However, if you want to know how to delete music from the Apple library on your device then, you need to read this article. 

How To Delete Music from Apple Music Library 

Have you ever wondered how you can delete music on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch device with ease? If yes,  then here we will discuss how to go about it successfully without having any technical know-how.  

Here is what you should do to delete music on any of your Apple devices like iPad, iPod,  or iPhone.  

  • First and foremost, go to the Apple Music app.
  • Next, you should visit the Library on your device.
  • Tap the “Downloaded” button to see all your downloads. 

In case you don’t know where this is on your iPad, the tap “Downloaded” is at the sidebar where you can find it.  

  • Next, find the song, album, music, or what have you want to delete from your Apple Library.  
  • Next, is to tap and hold the item for a long time on your device and then hit the “Remove” option that will pop up on your screen.
  • Mind you, you can either decide to remove the item from only this device by tapping on the “Remove Download” option and then tap Delete from the Library to delete the item across all of your devices.

Do you know that you can also delete music from your Apple device using the Settings app? 

Here is what you should do to delete music on any of your Apple devices like iPad, iPod, and iPhone using the Settings app. 

  • Go to your Settings app 
  • Next, you should scroll to Music and tap it. 
  • Tap on Downloaded Music. Here you can view all your downloaded songs.
  • Tap the Edit button.
  • Tap the red icon to remove any song you don’t want in your music library.

How To Delete Music on your Mac from Apple Music Library 

Here is what you should do to delete music on your Mac from Apple Music Library 

  • First of all, Go to the Apple Music app 
  • In the sidebar, click Songs or Albums.
  • From the menu bar, click on View Only Downloaded Music.
  • If you want to delete a song, click the More button next to the song. And If you want to delete an album, move the pointer over the album and click the More button 
  • Click Remove Download to remove the item from only this device.
  • To delete the item across all of your devices, click Delete from Library and confirm when done.

How To Optimize How Much Apple Music Takes Up on Your Apple Device Without Deleting Any Music 

There are other methods you can use to save yourself the stress of deleting albums, music, and songs on your iPhone, iPod, or iPad. You can use the optimized storage to help monitor the space that your Apple music consumes on your device. 

Mind you, as an Apple Music subscriber, you are allowed to download whatever songs, music, and albums you want from the Apple Music catalog directly to your Apple device.  

This is to ensure that you can still listen to your favorite playlists even when you are offline and not connected to the internet.  

But the downside is that just like on Android devices downloaded music, playlists,  songs, or albums on your iPhone, iPod or iPod can take up a large amount of space on your device over time. 

But do also know that the Apple Music app can help you get out of this mess when your device’s storage space seems to be running low, by automatically offloading unwanted songs. 

And by that, I simply mean songs that you haven’t played or listened to for a while. This is to help your device create space for newer songs when downloaded. 

Here is how it works :

  • First and foremost, make sure you launch the Settings app on your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ , or any of your Apple devices. 
  • Next,  you should scroll down to the apps list and then select Music.
  • You will notice that below Downloads, there is an Optimized Storage option do well to tap it open. 
  • Make sure you enable optimized storage for apple music to help optimize your music storage. 
  • Next, you should switch on the Optimized Storage switch so that it shows green to prove it is working fine. 
  • Next, you can decide the minimum storage amount that you want to keep for music before downloaded songs start being removed from your device automatically. 
  • Mind you, you can also optimize storage space by intentionally turning off automatic music downloads and ensuring that new songs are being downloaded manually.

I Can’t Delete Music from Apple Music Library

Apple Music is a great music streaming service that lets you access your music library from anywhere. However, there are few things that could make you unable to delete music or an album from the Apple music library. First, make sure your Apple music app is updated, make sure you have strong internet connection. If you still can’t delete music, restart your phone and that would be an automatic fix.


With that being said, it is a two-way thing either you delete music manually from your Apple music library using any of your Apple devices (iPhone, iPad,  or iPod) or you use the Optimize Storage option. 

Each of the methods discussed in this article is cool as long as they help your device to run smoothly by ensuring that your Apple music doesn’t take up much space in your device. 

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