iTunes Won't Delete Music from iPhone

There are hardly any smartphone users that do not have music on their devices. Both iPhone and Android phones have dented the MP3 music players’ market as no one bother to use them anymore. Some iPhone users, however, are not happy with the fact that there is no direct option to download songs for free like Android. It is either iTunes or Apple Music (paid) that allow you to download the music directly on your iPhone.

On the other hand, most iPhone users consider this as a minor drawback regarding the iPhones, but it doesn’t bother them much. The problem/issue they have is that sometimes, iTunes does not let them delete music from their iPhone. Too many songs will eat your memory and you may need to delete them in order to free the storage space. So, users encounter this issue, they are bound to get frustrated.

Well, a little effort is all it takes to address this issue once for all. It is not a glitch or bug that is preventing the deletion. It is just the settings that need to be adjusted. If you are one of many users that are facing this issue, this article will provide a complete guideline on how to address it. Here are some of the ways that can be helpful.

Automatic Syncing:

If you have enabled Automatic syncing between iPhone and the iTunes then you simply won’t be able to delete the songs directly from the iPhone. To address this issue, you can:

1. Launch the iTunes on your PC/Mac.

2. Hit the option Summary on the menu bar.

3. In the section Options, you will be able to locate the option Sync Only Checked Songs and Videos. Checkmark this box so a tick can appear before this option.

4. No, hit the Music tab and choose the options Sync Music and Entire Music Library.

5. Now go to the main music list on iTunes to double-check that you have selected the right music to be synced. Only select the songs that you want to keep so rest can be deleted.

6. Now Sync your iPhone and once done, you will not face any inconvenience in deleting the Songs.

Songs Purchased Directly on iPhones:

Not many people are aware of the fact that you cannot delete the songs using iTunes that you have directly purchased via the iPhone. Just like if you sync a song from iTunes and want to delete from iPhone then you won’t be able to that either.

In that case, the best thing to do is to check the songs that you are trying to delete via iTunes. If they are purchased directly from iPhone then there is no way you can delete them over iTunes. Deleting them directly from the iPhone remains the only option for now. Likewise, synced songs via iTunes cannot be deleted from iPhone so do not bother trying that either.

Delete Directly from iPhone:

Stating the obvious but why get frustrated over the songs that you are unable to delete using iTunes. iPhone’ Music app is perhaps the easiest app to use. There are no technicalities involved and hence you do not have to be tech-savvy to delete music directly from iPhone. You can do that by:

1. Open the Music app on your iPhone.

2. Go to the option Songs.

3. Press hold on the song you want to delete. It will prompt the menu with the option delete on it.

4. Hit the option Remove. You will be presented with two options; Remove from Library or Delete Download.

5. Hit Remove Download and the song will disappear.

6. Remember, the song synced via iTunes cannot be deleted by this method.

Conclusively, if the songs that are not purchased directly on iPhone aren’t getting deleted over the iTunes then you may have to troubleshoot this issue. The best way to do so is to use the option Trust this Computer. If it is already a trusted device then make it forget the iPhone and reconnect to prompt the pop-up Trust this Computer on your iPhone.