Despite the larger capacity options available, it’s not uncommon to find yourself desperate to free up space for a movie rental, photos or app. If you are on the go, it can be difficult to find areas where you can free up storage space. If you make it a habit to regularly sync your music, then you can safely delete songs from your iPhone, freeing up valuable space. With iOS 5, the process of deleting music from your iPhone is super easy. If you subscribe to iTunes Match, you can also re-download tracks without having to connect to your Mac/PC.
To delete songs from your iPhone, simply navigate to the track in the Music app and swipe right. You’ll be prompted to click on the ‘Delete’ button, which will remove the song(s) from your iPhone. This process remains the same for albums and even at the artist level. With a swipe and a click, I can delete my entire collection of Vanilla Ice. Not that I would do something crazy like that, but the option is there if I were to need space while on the go.
Deleting Songs in iOS 6
I have confirmed that the method described above does indeed work in iOS 6. The requirement is that you do not have iTunes Match enabled. Navigate to Settings > Music > iTunes Match (Off). Double click the home button, then press and hold the Music icon. Press the “-” sign to quit. Relaunch the Music app and you’ll see only the files that physically on your iPhone. Swipe to delete them from your iPhone.
How to delete songs from your iPhone is part of a continuing series of iPhone tips, tricks and basics.