iOS 7 FAQ: How Do I Delete Songs Directly on My iPhone?

Remove songs from your iPhone without having to be connected to a computer

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The red delete button in the music app. Image © Mark Harris - Licensed to About.com, Inc.

Thankfully the days of having to physically connect your iPhone to a computer (via a cable) just to delete a few songs are now gone. Since iOS 5 you have the freedom to remove songs on the move. But, this facility isn't as easy to find as you might think. You won't see a delete option anywhere in your iPhone's music library, so where could it be?

The facility to delete music is hidden to avoid the accidental removal of songs.

But, we'll show you how to access this hidden option so you can quickly delete songs and free-up space. Once you've discovered how to do this, you'll probably wonder why you didn't find it sooner!

Firstly, Are You an iTunes Match Subscriber?

If you use iTunes Match to store all your music (including non-iTunes songs), then before you can delete songs on your iPhone you will have to disable this service. To do this, follow the steps below.

  1. Using your finger, tap the Settings icon on the iPhone's Home Screen.
  2. Scroll down the settings menu and tap on the iTunes & App Stores option.
  3. Disable iTunes Match by hitting the toggle switch next to it which will make it slide to the off position.

Keep Things Simple by Only Displaying The Songs on Your iPhone

The great thing about iCloud and the iPhone is that you get to see all your music, whether it is downloaded or up in the cloud. However, if you need to delete songs that are locally stored on your iOS device then you will want to simplify this task as much as possible.

One of the things you can do is to display just the songs that are on your iPhone. To do this, work through these steps:

  1. On the iPhone's Home Screen, Tap the Settings icon.
  2. Tap the Music option -- you will have to scroll the screen down a bit to see this.
  3. Disable the option called Show All Music by tapping on the toggle switch next to it.

    Directly Deleting Songs From Your iPhone

    Now that you have seen how to disable iTunes Match (if you are a subscriber) and switch to a simplified view by only displaying songs that are physically on your iPhone, it is time to start deleting! Work through the steps below to see the process of removing tracks directly in iOS.

    1. From the iPhone's Home Screen launch the Music app by tapping on the Music icon.
    2. Near the bottom of the music app's screen, switch to the song view mode (if not already displayed) by tapping on the Songs icon.
    3. Find a song that you want to delete and swipe your finger from right to left on its name.
    4. You should now see a red delete button appear to the right of the track name. To remove the song directly from the iPhone, tap on this red Delete button.

    It's worth remembering that the songs you delete on your iPhone will still be in your iTunes library. If you need them on your iPhone again in the future, then you'll be able to sync via iCloud or computer. If using your computer, remember they will appear again on your iPhone when you connect it unless you have disabled auto-syncing in the preferences menu.