How to Delete All Songs from an iPhone in iOS 9 or iOS 10

Last updated: December 30, 2016

You may eventually discover that you need to delete all of the songs from your iPhone if you are running low on storage space for other music, videos, or apps. Depending upon the number of songs that you have saved to the device, it is entirely possible that the size of your locally-stored music could be several GB.

It is very easy to purchase and download a song through iTunes on your iPhone, and the simplicity of the buying process can lead to a situation where you have a lot of songs downloaded on your device. But the amount of storage space on your iPhone is limited, and you may decide that you would rather use that space for some apps or a movie. There are a number of ways to delete files or apps from your iPhone, including songs that you have downloaded.

But deleting individual songs can be tedious, and you might prefer to simply delete everything and re-download a new set of songs. Our guide below will show you where to go for the fastest way to delete all of the songs on your iPhone.


How to Remove All MusicĀ from an iPhone in iOS 9 or iOS 10

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in the iOS 9 operating system. The process is the same for other iPhone models running iOS 9, and is similar for other iPhone models running iOS 7, iOS 8, or iOS 10.

Note that this will delete all of the locally-stored songs on your iPhone. Songs may still show in your Music app if you haveĀ not enabled the Only Offline Music option (iOS 9 only) in the Music app. This option can be toggled on or off by opening the Music app, selecting the My Music option, then tapping the sorting option identified in the image below –

open music sorting drop-down


And turning on the Only Offline Music option.

only show offline music



Continue reading below to see how to delete all of the music from your iPhone in iOS 9 or iOS 10.
Step 1: Open the Settings app.
open the settings menu

Step 2: Select the General option.
open the general menu

Step 3: Tap the Storage & iCloud Usage button.
select the storage and icloud usage option

Step 4: Tap the Manage Storage button in the Storage section.
tap the manage storage button

Step 5: Select the Music option.
select the music option

Step 6: Tap the Edit button at the top-right of the screen.
tap the edit button

Step 7: Tap the red circle to the left of All Songs.
tap the red circle next to all music

Step 8: Tap the red Delete button.
how to delete all music from iphone in ios 9



Your iPhone will then delete all of the songs that you have saved directly to your iPhone, which will clear up some storage space. Note that this does not affect songs that you have downloaded through other apps, such as Spotify or Amazon. This is only going to delete the music form your iPhone that was put there through the Music app, or through iTunes.


Summary – how to delete all songs from an iPhone

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Open General.
  3. Select Storage & iCloud Usage.
  4. Tap Manage Storage under the Storage section.
  5. Select the Music option.
  6. Touch the Edit button.
  7. Tap the red circle to the left of All Songs.
  8. Press the Delete button.


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