As a music lover, I have a huge penchant for creating collections of songs and downloading my favorites so I can listen to them whenever I want. Since I have a huge library of downloaded songs, I use “Optimize Storage” for music to prevent songs from cluttering up storage. Until a few days ago, I was pretty good with this storage management feature that automatically offloads songs that haven’t played in a while. However, when I found some of the most popular songs missing from my library, I finally decided to turn off Optimize Storage for Music on my iPhone/iPad. Here’s how you can do it too.

Disable Optimize Storage for Apple Music on iPhone and iPad

Although the built-in music storage management feature is pretty good at deleting songs you haven’t played in a while, its intelligence often seems to go haywire and even deletes songs that are supposed to be stored with no more care. . And that kind of triggers chaos for the whole library – especially for people who build music collections with a lot of passion.

If you prefer to manage your music collections on your own terms, there’s an easy way to turn off storage optimization for music on iOS and iPadOS. Let me show you how it’s done the right way!

Steps to Disable Storage Optimization for Apple Music on iOS and iPadOS

  1. Start the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

2. Now scroll down and choose Music.

3. Then choose the Optimize storage option.

4. Finally, turn off the switch right next to Optimize storage.

That’s it! Going forward, iOS will no longer automatically delete music on your device.

Manually delete downloaded songs on iOS and iPadOS

When your device seems to be full of space or seems to be getting slow, you can delete some of the unwanted songs to clear the storage. The music setting offers a fairly easy way to delete specific songs.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone and iPad.

2. Now select Music.

3. Under the Downloads section, press Downloaded music.

4. Then press Edit in the upper right corner of the screen.

5. Next, press the red button to the left of the song you want to delete.

6. Next, press the Delete button. At the end, press Do in the upper right corner of the screen to confirm the change.

To note:

  • Alternatively, you can just swipe left from the right on a song and hit delete or swipe left all the way to get rid of a specific song.

Turn off Optimize Storage for Apple Music on iPhone and iPad with Ease

This is how you can enable Optimize Storage for Music on your iOS or iPadOS device. Although manually deleting unwanted songs can be a tedious affair, I find it better than automatic deletion because the latter gives you the desired control over which songs to keep and which to delete.

Anyway, what do you have to say about this built-in storage management feature? Do you find it useful? Feel free to review. Also, be sure to read our articles on the best hidden features of iOS 14 and our tips for improving security and getting the most out of your iPhone.