There are many reasons why you may need to get rid of some (or all) of the music stored on your iPhone. The usual reason is that you want to free up some storage space for either more music, or maybe you’re keen to make room for something new like Pokémon GO. On the other hand, it may be that you have taken on a second-hand iPhone and the previous owner had lousy musical taste, or you’ve decided you really don’t want your 80s music collection any more. Whatever the reason, there are a couple of easy ways to clear your music stash down to a sensible size.
Before we start, it’s worthwhile remembering that if you bought your music via iTunes, even if it’s not currently on your iPhone, you still own it. You can download it again at some point in the future if you want to, so you needn’t be afraid that deleting it from the iPhone is final. Having said that, making a backup before deleting anything is always a good idea.
Prepare to delete music
You can either delete the music one track or album at a time, or you can choose to delete all the music on the iPhone. First of all, make sure that you are only looking at the tracks that are actually present on the iPhone, not all those that you have bought but reside within iTunes. If you have ‘Show All Music’ on, you will see everything you have ever bought, so go to Settings, Music and turn off Show All Music by sliding the button.
Delete one album at a time
Launch your Music app, and to delete an individual track or album, either select Songs or Albums. Swipe left on the selected track or album, and you should see a red box labelled Delete. One tap on this box, and the item will be deleted and you can move on to the next.
Delete all the music
If you’ve got lots of music to kill off, and you want a quick way to get rid of everything, go to Settings, General, Usage – under Storage tap on Manage Storage. You will see the apps currently on your iPhone, so find and tap on Music to locate your library. Tap on Edit (top right hand corner) and you will see red circles next to each item – a tap on the red circle by All Songs will delete all the items. You can also delete the items one by one using this method if you prefer.
Once you’ve finished, it’s a good idea to switch Show All Music on again, ready for when you want to go and buy some more iTunes content.