How To Delete All Music From Your iPhone/iPad In iOS 8

Want to know how to delete songs from iPhone or iPad? As compared to iOS 7, you will have to take one more step to delete music in iOS 8 on your iPhone or iPad. For those of you who are battling with storage space on your iPhone, removing songs that you don’t listen can be helpful.

There is more than one method of getting rid of all music. The easiest, however, is where you delete all music with just one kill switch. We’ve outlined that method here. Note that deleting all music on iOS 7 and iOS 8 is almost the same (except for one extra step in iOS 8).

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Note: Before proceeding ahead, ensure that all music is in your iCloud (or backed up on your computer) so that you can get them bac.

Here’s how to delete all music from iPhone in iOS 8:

Step #1. Open Settings

Step #2. Tap on General

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General Settings in iOS 8

Step #3. Scroll down tap on Usage

Apps Usage in iOS 8

Step #4. Tap on Manage Storage

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Manage Storage on iOS 8

Step #5. Tap on Music

All Music Storage in iOS 8

Step #6. Tap on Edit (Top-Right)

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Edit All Music Storage in iOS 8

Step #7. Tap on the red minus (-) icon next to all music

Delete All Music in iPhone or iPad Running iOS 8

Step #8. Tap on Delete

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Remove all music from your iPhone or iPad

You are done! All the music has been deleted from your music app.

What if you want all the music back again in your device? Remember that all music that is on your iCloud (that is, music you purchased through iTunes and music that you’ve uploaded through iTunes Match) will still be available. You just have to flip a switch to get them on your iPhone.

Step #1. Open Settings

Step #2. Scroll down and tap on Music

Step #3. Tap on Show All Music

Show All Music in iOS 8

You should notice that while there is music back in your Music app, these are all shown with a tiny iCloud icon next to them. Tap on them and they will be downloaded to your iPhone/iPad. (You can also choose to just stream them, but that will use up your bandwidth).

Show All Music allows you to get back all the other downloaded music that was stored in your device or iCloud earlier.

Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is our editor-in-chief and reviewer who takes care of He is passionate for wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.


    • I have the same problem, no Music Icon in Storage. iCloud and match turned off. In fact, even in Airplane mode, the music is still there. Delete the music in iTunes and on next sync it all comes back. Frustrated as I don’t even like the music that is stuck in my iPhone…

      • Same problem here. After I deleted all downloaded music, it shows the storage is freed up and yet I can still play music in airplane mode. Annoying songs still there and yet no music icon in storage. Keep trying igeeks but this has not been solved.

  1. I have the same problem! The Music icon does not show up in my Storage either. These songs are so annoying and purchased them years ago. HELP!

  2. Everytime I click on music the settings just shuts down and goes back to my home screen. Have restarted my phone twice. Upgraded to newest iOS this morning… Any assistance will be appreciated.

  3. Has anyone resolved this issue? When I follow the instructions and tap on the music icon it immediately returns to the home screen. I have the latest IOS8 and have tried powering off the phone several times. Thanks for any help!

  4. Umm usually when someone wants their library deleted, they want it completely removed. Be a good little geek and find a solution to the whole icloud issue and also show how to completely wipe the songs…

  5. This doesn’t delete all the songs off my phone. I want every single song gone because I’m tired of hearing them. I want to update my library on my phone and get rid of the ones I don’t want to hear anymore.

  6. If you have iTunes Match on you may not see the Music option under manage storage. To truly remove all music from the phone/ipad turn off music match and turn off show all music. Do this under settings > Music > Show all Music & iTunes Match. Then follow the instructions above. When I press delete it closes the settings app instantly. When opening the Music app it is now finally empty. Hope this helps some of you.

  7. Any idea how to get rid of that horrible U2 album? It didn’t show up in the usage section as outlined above, but it’s still showing up on the music app – although it looks like there is a cloud link so I suppose it’s not actually on the phone. It does play though. Gods I really want that garbage off my phone!

  8. I get as far as “Press ‘Delete’ for all songs and my iPad does nothing. After a minute it just closes out of Settings with nothing deleted. Why did I ever switch to Apple? Because I thought it would be simpler. Going back to the non-Apple world.

    • Step 1: Visit:
      Step 2: Click on “Remove Album” button to remove it from your account.
      Step 3: Sign in with your Apple ID and Password.
      Step 4: A message will appear to confirm that the album has been removed from your account.

  9. It is easy way to swipe left or right on a song, album or artist and a delete button will appear. Then you confirm what’s music files to delete. Another alternative way is to use FonePaw iOS Transfer which can let you delete music from all types of iPhone, iPad, but it is only compatible with iOS 6 and above.

    Hope that work for you.

  10. I think I may have an answer for everyone with ios 8.4.1
    Long story short, I made the mistake of buying an album whose title was the name of a favorite band (I thought I was downloading the band’s new album, not a completely different band… don’t drink & download, kids).
    Anyway, after trying desperately to get that album (and several others; to save space) out of “Music” on my iPhone 5s
    (which included:
    –all the info here
    –setting iTunes to “sync only selected music,”
    –“sync only checked artists / titles / genres, etc… -> under “Summary” with phone connected to iTunes,
    –a hard reset
    … Signed out of my account (upper left corner of “My Music,” it’s the red circle with a person’s head in it).
    That erased the music I didn’t want, and gave me the space to sync the music I did want. I don’t know what will come of it (I literally wrote this post after figuring it out; hoping it helps everyone who seems to be having the same issue).

  11. For those who are completely trying to remove a song/album from their iPhone and do not want to see it displayed with the iCloud symbol, I think I may have found a solution.

    -Go into the iTunes Store on your computer (was able to do this on my Mac but not my iPhone).
    -In the top right corner (to the left of the search bar) there is a drop list where you go to sign in and sign out,etc.
    -Open this list and select “Purchased”
    -This will bring you to a list of all the songs/albums that you have purchased/downloaded from iTunes.
    -If you hover the cursor over the icon an x will appear in the top right corner of it. Click this x and confirm Hide Purchase. *note: I am not sure how to undo this action so be sure to only hide the albums/songs you want gone.
    -After you have hidden all of the albums/songs that you do not want to see, synch your iPhone to your iTunes.

    After the synch the albums/songs you selected should be gone. Hope this helps!


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