The Music app lets you play music from your iPhone. It also plays music stored on iCloud or via iTunes Match. When that happens, it is streaming music through your Wi-Fi or cellular network.

Now, if you are on an unlimited plan, it’s obviously not going to matter. In other cases, though, it’s going to eat up all your bandwidth and pretty fast.

The best thing to do is to make sure Music app doesn’t play/stream these songs that are on iCloud or iTunes Match.

Stop iCloud Songs Streaming In the Music App & Prevent Data Loss

Here are a couple of ways to do this:

Turn Off Cellular for Music

One of the coolest new features that iOS 7 brings to the table is the ability to selectively turn off cellular access for apps. You can use this feature to turn off cellular selectively for the Music app alone. Here’s how to do it:

  • Open the Settings app
  • Tap on Cellular
  • Scroll down and you find a list of all apps that use cellular data.
  • Switch off the toggle for Music and for iTunes

Switch off the toggle for Music and for iTunes

This is a very generic workaround which is not much of an useful solution really. The reason is that you will have to head back to Cellular settings and turn ON the toggles whenever you want to browse/download music.

Turn Off Show All Music Toggle

A better solution is to use the “Show All Music” toggle. This switch will show/hide all music – including those from iCloud and iTunes Match. When you turn this toggle OFF, the Music app will show only those tracks that are downloaded on your iPhone (available offline). Here’s what to do:

  • Open the Settings app
  • Tap on Music
  • Scroll down to the toggle that says “Show All Music
  • Turn this toggle Off.
  • Restart the Music app.

How to Stop iCloud Songs Streaming In the Music App & Prevent Data Loss

Now, all the songs that are shown in the Music app are only those that have been downloaded to the iPhone. iCloud and iTunes Match songs don’t show up so there’s no way that they will play/stream through cellular.

It’s a simple tweak but it can save you a lot of bandwidth. Make sure you monitor your playlist for those iCloud icons because when you see them, that’s a song streaming over the web.

  • Starchild

    Silly question, but I used my Prime account and managed to download music from “my cloud” to my Iphone. No problems, I made a playlist and it was playing. But dang – when I wanted to stop listening I couldn’t find a way to turn it off! I finally had to turn off the phone altogether. I’m half afraid to turn the phone back on again! I have a new IPhone 6

  • Michelle

    Okay, but how do you KEEP downloaded songs into your iPhone??
    My phone constantly decides to delete everything I’ve bought, and I have to re-download all the time. It’sf annoying, especially when I’m out of the house and I really want to listen to all of the new music I downloaded, and it’s not there (I can’t use my data for it).
    WHY IS THIS HAPPENING???? I can’t find an option to switch off the “I’m going to delete everything you just downloaded” function.

    • eMZé/X

      SynciOS, google it. If you have a Mac, there is another software I forgot the name. But just google for “how to save my music from my iPhone”

  • Devin Lester

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Kncholita.R

    Thanks a lot, Useful Information ;)