[4 Ways] How to Erase iPhone music

In this guide, you will be given detailed instructions on how to erase iPhone music in four effective methods. Whether you want to delete specific or all music, you will find a way out here.

Demi by Demi Updated July 21, 2023
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Managing the music library on your iPhone is crucial for freeing up storage space and organizing your favorite tunes efficiently. Whether you want to delete specific songs or clear your entire music collection, there are various methods available.

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In this article, we will explore four effective ways to erase iPhone music, each offering distinct advantages to cater to your specific needs. We'll guide you through the step-by-step process for each method, and let’s get started.

Way 1. Erase iPhone music from Apple Music app

Let’s first see the most straightforward way to erase iPhone music from the Apple Music app. You can erase music according to the album and genre.

If you delete music for more iPhone space, you would not need to delete music with a cloud icon next to it, because it means the song is cloud-based and doesn’t take up any space on your iPhone. Now, follow the steps to erase music on iPhone from Apple Music app selectively.

Step 1. Open the Music app on your iPhone > Tap the Library option > Select the albums or songs you’d like to delete.

Step 2. Long-press the Song/Album until a menu appears > Tap Remove... > From here, you are given two options: Remove Download and Delete from Library.

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💡 “Remove Download” or “Delete from Library”, which should you choose?
• Remove Download deletes the downloaded songs from iPhone, you can’t listen to them offline, but they will still be available on iTunes, which is suitable for someone who wonder how to delete music from iPhone but not iTunes.
• Delete from Library, instead, deletes music from all of your devices as well as the iTunes library.

Step 3. According to the notes shown above and your demands, and choose either Remove Download or Delete from Library to erase music from iPhone.

Way 2. Erase iPhone music from Settings app

For a quick and straightforward method to remove music from iPhone, the Settings app provides you with a way to do it. There’s how to erase all music from iPhone via Settings.

Step 1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone > Choose General iPhone Storage.

Step 2. Scroll down to locate and tap Music > Tap Edit in the upper right corner, and then small circles will appear next to each entry.

Step 3. Then you can delete music from here in three ways based on your needs.
• Tap Delete App to remove the Music app and all of your music.
• Tap the red circle next to All Songs to delete all music from iPhone.
• Tap the red circles next to specific artists to delete an artist’s output.

Step 5. Once you have deleted all unwanted music, tap Done from the upper right corner to confirm.

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Way 3. Erase iPhone music via FoneTool [Unrecoverable]

FoneTool is a powerful software designed for efficiently managing iPhone and other iOS devices. When using this method, you are able to completely erase all iPhone music in one-click. You can be assured that the song will not be recovered.

Besides songs, FoneTool also enables you to delete various other data on your iPhone, such as messages, contacts, call history, and more. This versatile tool provides a comprehensive solution for managing and organizing your iOS device's content with ease and precision.

Get this freeware on your computer, and follow the steps below to know how to erase all apple music from iPhone using FoneTool.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer using USB > Launch FoneTool, and click Toolbox from the left pane > Click Data Eraser.

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Step 2. Mouse over to Erase private data > Click Get Started to start to scan your iPhone data.

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Step 3. Check Music > Optionally, you can enable Deeply Erase Technology to permanently and deeply delete music > Finally, click Start Erase to begin.

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FoneTool also can help you transfer music and other files between iPhone and computer. With FoneTool, you can always put your songs in the right place. More info: How to Transfer Music from Computer to iPhone

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Way 4. Erase iPhone music via iTunes

Using iTunes to delete music from your iPhone without removing it from the iTunes library is possible through its sync function. Additionally, you can utilize iTunes to eliminate duplicate music from your iPhone.

Option 1. Erase all iPhone music
With the sync function in iTunes, all the music from iPhone will be erased. Here are steps on how to erase all music from iPhone via iTunes.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer with a USB cable, and open the iTunes on your computer.

Step 2. Click the phone icon at the top-left > Choose Music > Make sure you have enabled Sync Music option.

Step 3. From here, you can see the songs are categorized in playlists, artists, and albums, make sure that none of the songs below are chosen, then click Apply.

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Option 2. Erase duplicate iPhone music
iTunes also enables you to easily browse and delete duplicate music in your library. You can choose to delete only duplicate music from iPhone to free up limited iPhone storage space.

Step 1. Open iTunes on your computer > Click Songs under the Library header.

Step 2. Click File Library > Choose Show Duplicate Items.

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Step 3. Select the files you want to remove > Right-click your mouse and click Delete from Library > Confirm the removal.

Step 4. Finally, sync iTunes library to iPhone by connecting your iPhone to computer > Click Music in iTunes > Sync Music > Apply.


Hope you have got the most satisfied method to erase iPhone music. Now, you can optimize your iPhone music library to free up space and stay organized. Keep your device clutter-free and enjoy your favorite songs hassle-free.

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