You can clear or delete your iPhone’s music in a few steps.
This is a different kind of post for this blog. But when I find something frustrating & then find a fix, I like to share the information. The following is the result of a few different searches and explorations of the various interfaces. I hope I can save someone the frustration and “surprises” I had.
I hadn’t played music on my iPhone in a while, and it looks like somewhere in the 7.0/7.1 update they added some features that really bother me. One of them is suggesting music, “helpfully” pushing it with a little cloud icon. Another feature is that when I deleted all my music in iTunes, there was still some of the older stuff on the phone.
How to fix: It looks like the best way is to start clean. Here’s how to clear music from your iOS 7.1 device. I used iTunes 184.108.40.206 here, so iTunes instructions may differ for you, YMMV.
- Delete music from your iPhone in iTunes. This is the standard, old step, which used to work all the time.
- Open iTunes with iPhone plugged in
- Navigate to your iPhone
- Click “Music” in the navigation on the right
- Select all your music
- Press the Delete key
- Stop the “Cloud” music from appearing
- On your iPhone, go to Settings
- Scroll down to “Music”
- On the “Show All Music” setting, turn it to Off (0)
- Remove all music from iPhone memory
- On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Usage
- After the apps load under “Storage”, click the “Music” icon
- Click “Edit” on the Music screen
- Select “All Music”
- Press “Delete”
After this, you should have a clear Music app. iPhone should tell you that there’s no music. That’s how it worked for me, anyway, after several searches online. You should be able to add music as you like now.
Did this work for you? Did you have other frustrations? Let’s talk about it.