When you purchase some music on iTunes, it shows up on your iPhone’s Music app. It gets downloaded to your iPhone. This is okay with most folks because this is how we want our iPhones to behave. But there are some cases where people want to “delete purchased music from their iPhones”.
To me it sounds strange but yeah, there’s a consistent demand for that and there are some solutions to hide (not delete) purchases from iTunes (or the music app) on your iPhone. That’s what we cover here.
How to Delete/Hide Purchased Music on iPhone and iPad
Turn off “Show All”
- Open Settings
- Scroll down, open iTunes & App Store
- Under the label Show All, turn off the switch for Music
- See that switch for iTunes Match? Turn that off as well
What this does is it removes all the songs/tracks that are purchased or from iTunes Match. This method has a downside. If the song has been downloaded to your iPhone already, it won’t remove the track.
Delete the Music from Settings
(This procedure is for those who have their music on their computer and sync through iTunes. If you don’t have your music backed up or on your computer’s iTunes library, don’t follow this procedure.)
- Open Settings
- Scroll down, open General
- Tap on Usage
- Find Music (you might have to scroll down if there isn’t much Music on your iPhone) and tap on it
- You should see a label called All Music. Swipe to the left over this label and you’ll see a Delete button. Tap and you will clear out all music on your iPhone. (Note: if you don’t have a backup of all the music, or if you don’t have it on your computer, don’t do this; this procedure is not for you in that case, as noted before)
- Now, turn off Music under Show All section (in Settings → iTunes & App Store)
Delete / Hide Purchases from iTunes
This one can be a little tricky and a bit lengthy but this is what you should try if the other methods didn’t work. Before you start, it is recommended that you clear all music from iPhone (you’re going to sync them back via iTunes again; I’m assuming you’ve got all the music on your computer).
- Open iTunes on your computer
- From the menu, click on Store → Sign in (if you’re already logged in, click on View account)
- Login with your Apple ID and password
- Click on iTunes Store (home icon on top)
- Under the Quick Links section (somewhere close to the left-side of the screen), click on Purchased
- Choose Music from the content type. (the drop-down on top of the iTunes window)
- Mouse-over a track/album and you will get a ‘x’ icon. Click on this to hide the purchase
- Now, head back to Library (click on Library from the top-right)
- If there are any tracks with the “cloud” icon, delete them. These will be removed from your library only (not from the cloud, so there’s no need to worry)
- Now, sync your iPhone to the iTunes music library. This should – technically – remove all purchased music from your iPhone
- Now, this is the most important step: after completing all the steps from above, make sure you turn off the music switch in Settings → iTunes & App Store.