Are you looking to clear some space on your phone for the latest iOS 8 update? Did you switch to Spotify so you no longer need to keep music native on your phone? Run out of space for taking photos while in the middle of vacation? Sometimes the quickest, easiest thing you can do is remove those old songs on your phone that don’t stand up over the years – it’s ok, we all have them.
Let’s review how to delete a song, an album, or all the music from your iPhone.
Disable iTunes Match
Before we start removing music from the iPhone, we have to make sure iTunes Match is disabled. If it isn’t, our phone won’t let us delete music directly from our iPhone (we would have to do so through iTunes on our computer – thanks Apple).
Settings > Music > “Show All Music” slider should be set to “Off”. This will hide all music that is not downloaded on your device, this will NOT affect music that you loaded onto your iPhone from your computer.
Delete All Music
If you want a fresh start to your music collection, you can do it all at once, rather than taking the time to delete one album or song at a time.
Under your Settings > General > Usage (this can take a second, as it’s scanning all of your apps) > Music
From here you will see information about all of your apps. Select Music > Edit > All Music (red minus sign) > Delete
Delete an Entire Album