How to Delete All Songs by an Artist on the iPhone 5

Please note that this article was written using iOS 6. The method described below will not work in iOS 7.

The iPhone 5 is a great phone, but one of the more annoying aspects of using it is the amount of space that you have available. Even if you have the iPhone model with the largest amount of storage space, that can quickly be filled with pictures, videos apps and music. It’s all too common to try and install an app or download a video, only to be informed that there isn’t enough space available. You may already know how to delete an app or a single song, but an efficient way to save space is by deleting all of the songs from a single artist.


Delete an Artist on the iPhone 5

This is a great way to free up space on your phone if you have a lot of songs by an artist and you don’t really listen to them anymore. The songs will still be available on your computer or in iTunes for you to put them on your device again later, but will provide you with additional storage space in the mean time.


Step 1: Tap the Music icon.

open the music app



Step 2: Select the Artists option at the bottom of the screen.

how to delete an artist on the iphone 5



Step 3: Locate the artist whose songs you want to delete from your iPhone.


Step 4: Swipe from right to left or left to right on the name of the artist to bring up the red Delete button seen below.

swipe left or right to bring up the delete button



Step 5: Touch the Delete button to remove all of that artist’s songs from your iPhone 5.


If you’re running out of room to store music, videos and pictures on your computer’s hard drive, then you should consider getting an external hard drive and storing them on there instead. Amazon sells 1 TB external hard drive at an affordable price, and they are also helpful if you need to set up a backup solution for the files on your computer.

You can use a similar method to delete videos, too. Click here to learn how to delete a TV show episode from the iPhone 5.

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