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Not too long ago, a number of iOS 9 users would often find their favorite albums missing without any rhyme or reason. No one seemed to have any idea why the albums had suddenly disappeared. Well, the truth has finally been revealed!

There is a new setting in iOS 10 called “Optimized Storage” which allows you to choose how much space you want to allot for music. After you have kept a particular portion of the library on your device in accordance with the free storage space, iOS will dump older items which you have not played in a while.

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How to Turn on Optimized Storage on iPhone and iPad in iOS 10

How to Use Optimized Storage for Music in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

It reveals that Optimized Storage was possibly live and kicking in iOS 9 as well; albeit behind-the-scenes. And, iOS might have automatically removed the albums which you hadn't listened to for some time.

Fortunately, there is an option now to let you decide what you want to do with your music. Read more after the jump!

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How to Turn on Optimized Storage for Music in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iOS device → Now, scroll down and tap on Music.

Step #2. Next, you will have to scroll down again. Under Downloads, tap on Optimized Storage.

Step #3. Toggle the switch next to Optimized Storage.

Step #4. Finally, you need to select the storage space you want your music to take up.

There are five options:

None
4GB: 800 songs
8GB: 1600 songs
16GB: 3200 songs
32GB: 6400 songs

Once you have selected your preferred storage space, iOS will remove the downloaded files which you have not played in a while.

How to Turn Off Optimized Storage for Music in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

What if you no longer want to use Optimized Storage for Music as there is enough space on your device to keep your favorite albums? You can easily disable it.

Step #1. Follow all the steps from 1 to 3.

Step #2. Now, toggle the switch next to Optimized Storage.

That's it!

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