While fast Internet connections, both over cellular and Wi-Fi networks, have made it much easier to stream music, you still might prefer to download songs to your iPhone. Whether you want to avoid data charges, are going to be traveling and won’t have a strong Internet connection, or simply like to have a copy of certain songs saved to your device, you might have a significant amount of songs saved to your iPhone.
But as your storage space depletes, you will find that you need to delete certain files and apps to make way for new options. While deleting individual songs provides a lot of control over what you have on your iPhone, a large music library might be frustrating to trim manually. Fortunately there is an option in iOS 10 that allows you to delete all of your music at once. Our guide below will show you how.
Deleting All Songs from an iPhone 7
The steps below were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus, in iOS 10. These steps will delete all of the songs that you have downloaded to your iPhone through the default Music app. This will not affect playlists that you have downloaded in Spotify, or any other third-party music app. Additionally, music that you own, but is not downloaded, will still be visible. iCloud songs are denoted by a cloud icon to the right of the song.
Step 1: Open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the Music option.
Step 3: Scroll down and select the Downloaded Music option. Note that the number at the right side of this button indicates the amount of space currently being used on your iPhone by downloaded songs.
Step 4: Swipe to the left on the All Songs option at the top of the screen.
Step 5: Tap the red Delete button.
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Kermit Matthews is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with more than a decade of experience writing technology guides. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science and has spent much of his professional career in IT management.
He specializes in writing content about iPhones, Android devices, Microsoft Office and many other popular applications and devices.