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 or Hide Purchased Music on iPhone and iPad

How to Delete/Hide Purchased Music on iPhone and iPad

Turn Off the Switch for Music on iPhone and iPadTurn 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 the Music from iPhone Settings

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 StoreSign 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).

Delete or Hide Purchases from iTunes

  • 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.

  • Buzz

    FYI the reason one might want to show only music downloaded to one’s device is home sharing. having to scroll thru my husband’s crap 70s rock, to get to the song I want, on MY OWN device, really pisses me off. because it shouldn’t be this difficult. these iPhones are more powerful than an early 90s supercomputer for f’s sake.
    AND, if I’m in range of the home wifi, all songs appear regardless of how the switch is set. I have to put it in airplane mode in my own house. f’ing ridiculous.

  • Sarah

    If you have iOS 8.4.1, do this to hide purchased music: On the ipad (not sure if it’s the same on the iPhone), go into the music app, then tap My Music on the bottom. In the center on the top, tap the word Artists. A menu will drop down. At the bottom of the menu, there is an option to show iTunes purchases. Set that to off (it should not be green).

    • Mayank Gulaty

      Thanks for this info… Really helped me.

  • bill

    you are the best
    i am searching for this answer
    atlast you did it
    thank a lot

  • Gary Deezy

    cool, thanks!

  • elfrida

    Yups…, finally i can do that, thank you :)

  • Brittany

    I don’t want to delete all purchased music- only some.

  • Paul

    Yes! I finally found a method that works! Thank you, thank you, thank you!