Apple Music is a subscription service for your iPhone that allows you to stream and download songs to your device. You can choose to download a song from Apple Music so that you can listen to it at any time without needing to worry about potential data charges. But downloaded songs take up storage space on your iPhone, and you might later decide that you would like to delete a song that you have downloaded so that the storage space can be used for something else.
Our guide below will show you where to go to delete a downloaded song and free up the space on your iPhone.
Deleting Individual Downloaded Songs from Apple Music in iOS 9
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in IOS 9.1. Following this tutorial will allow you to delete individual songs that you have previously downloaded for offline play. Most songs are about 3 – 5 MB in size. If you would instead prefer to delete all of the songs that you have downloaded, then click here and learn how to delete all of your downloaded songs at once.
- Open the Music app.
- Select the My Music option at the bottom of the screen.
- Find the downloaded song that you want to delete, then tap the icon with the three horizontal dots. Note that there is a small phone icon at the right side of the song listing to indicate that it is downloaded to your iPhone.
- Tap the Remove Download button to delete the song from your device. Note that if the song was a part of a playlist, it will remain in that playlist. However, if you listen to that song while connected to a cellular network, then cellular data rates may apply.
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