Apple’s two iCloud storage plans have made it easier than ever to free up space on your iPhone to take more photos, play more mobile games, and download more music. Subscription prices range from $ 0.99 to $ 9.99, which isn’t bad, but not everyone wants to pay for storage. Thus, deleting items becomes a great option to free up storage space especially music and music videos.
If you haven’t listened to downloaded songs or watched videos saved from your Apple Music subscription for a long time, Apple has a built-in feature that will automatically delete them when your iPhone is low on space. However, if you don̵
Deleting content from the Apple Music app for iOS or Android is quite easy. If you have a subscription to Apple Music, find the item, long press on it, tap “Delete” and confirm with “Delete” or “Delete download”. You can also choose “Delete from Library” if you want to delete the music or video from all your Apple Music devices. For personal content, long press the item as well, but tap Remove from Library.
That’s pretty useful if you already know what music and videos you want to delete, but it won’t help if you’re trying to figure out what to delete based on its size. Fortunately, there is another way to delete music and videos that tells you exactly how much storage space each artist, album, song, and video wastes in the Music app, but only on an iOS device.
Step 1: Browse your downloaded music and videos
You can view downloaded music and videos from two different menus in Settings, but they both provide you with the same tools for removing unwanted files and folders.
- The Fast Way: Navigate to Settings -> Music -> Download Music. (See screenshots below.)
- The slow way: Navigate to Settings -> General -> iPhone Storage -> Music. It’s just a tap, but it may take a few seconds or more for the storage menu to load, depending on how many apps you have. You may also need to use the search function to find the Music app if it isn’t one of the apps at the top of the list.
Note that downloads from your Apple Music subscription and personal libraries are mixed in both menus, so there is no way to control what type of content to delete.
Whichever method you use, you’ll see ‘All Music’ at the top of the list, giving you the total amount of storage space your downloaded songs and videos are taking up. Below that, everything is listed in alphabetical order by artists. Ideally, Apple would give us some sorting options to sort by space used, but it is year and it still isn’t, so it probably won’t happen anytime soon.
Next to the name of each artist, you will see the data that each artist has consumed, along with ‘[The Album Name][An Album Name] [#] more or “[#] albums. When you tap on an artist, you’ll see the album or albums, which, surprisingly, are listed from largest to smallest rather than alphabetically. Music videos are pretty much counted as songs, so they can have their own albums for each artist, some of which can be called “Unknown Album”.
When you tap an album, you see the songs or videos in the correct order on the album. Their file size is displayed next to albums and tracks / videos.
Step 2: Delete downloaded artists, albums, songs and videos
You have four options to delete music in these settings menus: all songs or by artist, album or song. This works just like a Russian nesting doll. Again, music videos are treated like songs here, possibly with their own albums.
- Deleting All Songs will delete everything in the Music app.
- Deleting an artist also deletes every album and song for that artist.
- If you delete an album, you also delete the songs in that album.
- If you delete a song or music video, that’s all you delete.
The easiest way to delete an item is to swipe it to the left. You will see the red “Delete” button, which grows larger as you swipe until the content disappears. Instead of the full delete gesture, you can also briefly swipe left on the item and release it, then tap the “Delete” button, which is useful if you want to be more careful about which media to go with.
Another way to delete content here is to tap “Edit” in the top right, then the delete icon next to the item you want to delete, then “Delete” when it appears. This option has an extra step, but you are less likely to accidentally delete something you want to keep because it is generally slower.
Regardless of how you delete content from these menus, be careful as you cannot undo it if you delete something. However, you can re-download the music or video from Apple Music or iCloud music library or backup your iPhone with your personal music library on your Mac or PC. If you delete content from Settings, it will only be deleted from the device you are currently using.
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