How to Delete iCloud Music Library on iPhone/PC

You may want to stop syncing music across your Apple device by deleting iCloud Music Libary. In this guide, you will know how to delete iCloud Music Library on iPhone or PC in detail.


By Demi / Updated on May 31, 2024

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iCloud Music Library nightmare. Please help.

I turned on iCloud Music Library last night and now my music library is all messed up. It uploaded some songs but not others. Why would iCloud Music Library upload personal and private voice memos? I just want to wipe everything iCloud Music Library uploaded and never use it again. But how can I do that? Please help.

- Question from Apple Community

The iCloud Music Library feature makes it possible to enjoy the same music on all your iOS devices and computer. However, it brings some shortcomings at the same time. Syncing music across all your Apple devices may mess up your music library. Here comes this guide offering you detailed information about how to delete iCloud Music Library.

Overview of iCloud Music Library

Let’s start from the basics. You can learn about how iCloud Music Library works first, and then decide whether to delete it or not.

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What is the iCloud Music Library feature?
If you have subscribed to either Apple Music($9.99 a month) or iTunes Match($24.99 a year), you’ll get the iCloud Music Library service included, letting you access your music, playlist on all your devices.

How does iCloud Music Library work?
After you enable the iCloud Music Library function in the Music app or iTunes, it will scan your existing songs first. Then, “match” the available music tracks in the iTunes Store so that you can stream or download them to your device that logs in the same Apple ID.

Does music in iCloud Music Library take up iCloud backup storage?
No! You can save up to 100,000 songs with an Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription and they don’t take up iCloud backup storage space.

What are the drawbacks of the iCloud Music Library?
✘ It can mess up the metadata of your tracks.
✘ You’re not allowed to sync iTunes music to iPhone manually.
✘ It may take hours or days to access songs in the iCloud Music Library across different devices.

If you insist on deactivating iCloud Music Library, keep on reading. Optionally, you can try the tool mentioned in Part 3 to transfer music between iPhone and computer and from iPhone to iPhone as you like without iCloud Music Library.

How to delete iCloud Music Library

Deleting iCloud Music Library just takes seconds. Before any specific steps about how to remove iCloud Music Library from iPhone or PC, please note that disabling iCloud Music Library will delete all cloud music from your device, including the downloads in the Apple Music. Therefore, it’s suggested to backup iPhone music first to avoid data loss.

How to clear iCloud Music Library on iPhone
To clear iCloud Music Library on iPhone, go to the Settings app on iPhone > Tap Music > Toggle off Sync Library.

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How to deactivate iCloud Music Library on PC
If you don’t want to utilize iCloud Music Library on PC, you can delete it from iTunes by following the steps below.

Step 1. Run iTunes on your computer > Click Edit from the upper-left corner > Choose Preference....

Step 2. In the General tab, uncheck the box next to iCloud Music Library to disable the feature > Click OK to save your change.

Turn Off iCloud Music Library

Selectively transfer songs across your iOS devices

Although it seems that it’s convenient to sync music to different iOS devices over the air using the iCloud Music Library feature, you cannot decide which music tracks you’d like to save to your device. The professional transfer tool - FoneTool may be a better choice for you.

Features and advantages of FoneTool
✔ Preview and selective transfer process. You’re free to browse and choose the wanted songs that you want to enjoy on your device.
✔ Purchased & non-purchased music supported. FoneTool allows you to share both purchased and non-purchased music across your iDevices and computer.
✔ Fast transfer speed. It just takes a few minutes to transfer 100 songs, which is faster than most of the transfer tools.
✔ Multiple transfer functions. With FoneTool, you’re free to transfer files from iDevices to iDevices, iDevices to computer, and vice versa.
✔ Wide compatibility. FoneTool works well with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch and supports versions of iOS including iOS 16.

Click the icon below to get the tool on your computer. Let’s take transferring songs from iPhone A to iPhone B as an example.

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Step 1. Connect the iPhone A to computer with USB > Launch FoneTool and click Phone Transfer > Choose iPhone to PC and click Start Transfer.

Transfer To Computer

Step 2. Select wanted music from iPhone A > Click OK to confirm.

Choose Songs

Step 3. Choose a storage path to save the songs > Click Start Transfer to start.


Step 4. Disconnect the iPhone A and plug in the iPhone B to computer > Choose PC to iPhone instead.

Transfer To iPhone

Step 5. Click folder icon to locate and choose the music you just transferred to computer > Click Open > Tap Start Transfer to save songs to iPhone B.


FoneTool supports transfer songs in .mp3, .wav, .m4a, .flac format and so on. You can rely on it to transfer photos, videos, and contacts across iOS devices and computer.


Hopefully, you now have a clear idea about iCloud Music Library and how to delete iCloud Music Library on iPhone or PC. Most of the time, there may be no need to sync all music across all your Apple devices. When you need to transfer music among iOS devices and computer, please don’t forget to try FoneTool.

Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.