The fact I have to ask this question on here is testament to the utterly terrible user interface Apples these days seem to endorse. I know how to remove 1 track from the iPhone but still keep it in iCloud, but how do I remove a whole album from my iPhone but keep it on my other Apple devices and iCloud? I couldn't find a way either by trying or searching around. The only option seems to be to "Delete from Library", which I do not want to do.


I tried to look at my iTunes settings, but the relevant settings page is almost empty, see screenshot.

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1. Via iTunes

When you sync your iPhone with your main iTunes on a desktop computer, you can simply untick the undesired song/album/artist and hit sync, and it will disappear from your iPhone.

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Image from HowToISolve

In this example, ticking Ke$ha will include it, and unticking will exclude it from your phone iTunes library.

2. Directly on your iPhone

Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage > Music > Edit to delete artists, or ... > Music > Song > Edit to delete songs locally on your iPhone.

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Image from my iPhone

Be aware that those files will be included should you sync your phone again.

  • My iTunes does not look like your screen shot. It only has one tick box that says "Sync voice memos".
    – Ray
    Jun 3, 2018 at 21:48
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    @Ray But how do you get music onto your phone then? Only via iCloud downloads? Then use option #2
    – Narusan
    Jun 3, 2018 at 21:50
  • To be honest, I don't remember clearly. I seem to remember something like the screenshot you have, but for some reason, that options page is now nearly empty, and doesn't look like the one you have now.
    – Ray
    Jun 3, 2018 at 22:00
  • Please see added screenshot. Is it because "iCloud Music Library is On"?
    – Ray
    Jun 3, 2018 at 22:03

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