Managing Apple Music iPhone Downloads

Apple Music users can easily download playlists, albums, artists and songs for offline listening. After a while, you may have a large collection of downloaded music taking up space on your iPhone. You can easily remove these downloads in the Music app, or in the Settings app.
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So if you're an Apple music user you probably download phones listen to on your iPhone when you're offline. Maybe when you just have a cellular connection and no Wi-Fi. Or maybe if you have no connection at all like on an airplane.

So in the Music app you can easily do this say on a playlist. I'll go into a playlist and you can see the little cloud symbol there. I tap that and it's going to start downloading all of the songs there so I have them available offline. But how do you manage this? I mean after a while it's going to build up and you're going to be taking up a lot of space on your phone with music.

So one way to get rid of stuff that you have downloaded is to tap on where it says Downloads. It's going to bring up something here where you can remove from download. Of course you want to be careful not to hit Delete from Library unless that's your real intention.

Another way to handle it is you can go into the Settings app and from there go to General and from there go to iPhone Storage. It will take a minute to load things in. You get a little graph at the top to let you know how much space you're using for things. So in this case I'm probably using mostly apps and photos. Then at the bottom you can also see it's also loading in each app and how much space everything is taking up for each app.

So let's let that load in. Now you can see here I'm only using a little bit for Media. Here under Music you can see I'm using almost 8 GB for music. Inside of Music you can see the list per artist how much I'm using. So I could actually go in here and get rid of something if I wanted to. So I can tap on something there. I can go right down to the song level. Swipe to the left to remove it or an entire album or an entire artist. Of course it's going to just remove it from local storage. I still have it in my Library for Apple Music.

So you can quickly clear things out this way as well. You can also hit the Edit button here and use this interface to be able to delete. So there's a couple of ways to manage what you've got in storage when you're using Apple Music with offline features.