How to Turn off iCloud Music Library on Your iPhone/iPad, Mac or PC

September 25, 2019Nicole

iCloud Music Library enables Apple users to share music on one Apple device with all the other devices with ease. However, cloud-based matching can be buggy. You may come across errors like missing or mismatched album artwork, live tracks matched to their studio versions, wrong metadata, iCloud music not syncing correctly, etc. when using iCloud Music Library.

You can disable iCloud Music Library on your iPhone/iPad or Windows/Mac computer if you don't want all your music in a mess. Or if you want to delete music music from iCloud, you can also find methods here.

Turn off iCloud Music Library

Turn off iCloud Music Library

Part 1. How to Turn off iCloud Music Library?

on iPhone/iPad

Step 1.
Go to Settings > Music on your iPhone or iPad.
Locate iCloud Music Library
Step 2.
Locate iCloud Music Library under Music and toggle it off. When the iCloud Music Library switch is turned off on your iPhone or iPad, you will receive a warning message telling you that all the Apple Music songs you had downloaded will be removed. You need to accept this and tap Turn Off.
Disable iCloud Music Library

on Mac/PC

Step 1.
Launch iTunes on your Mac or PC.
Step 2.
Select Preferences from the iTunes menu.
Step 3.
Uncheck iCloud Music Library under the General tab. This will turn off iCloud Music Library on your computer.
Uncheck iCloud Music Library on PC

Please note that: What will happen after your disable iCloud Music Library

If you turn off your iCloud Music Library, you will end up losing access to the following files:

• A cloud-based copy of your Mac's iTunes library.

• If you were using iTunes Match or Apple Music, the Matched or Uploaded tracks on your Mac will not be available for steaming on other devices any more.

Part 2. How to Delete Music from iCloud?

If you do not want to turn off iCloud Music Library but want to delete some songs from iCloud in order to free up more iCloud storage space, here we also prepare some tips for you.

on iPhone/iPad

Before you delete songs from iCloud, please make sure that all songs including the ones on iCloud can be accessed on your iOS device in the music library. This means that you have to toggle on Show Apple Music feature on your iPhone/iPad. Follow the guide below to turn on this feature.

Step 1.
Go to Settings > Music on your iOS device.
Step 2.
Locate Show Apple Music and turn on its switch.
Turn on show apple music

After turning on Show Apple Music, you can start to delete music from iCloud by following the guide below.

Step 1.
Open the Music app on your iPhone or iPad. Then locate the album, playlist, or song you want to delete. Tap the "..."icon.
Step 2.
A menu will pop up, click Delete on this menu.
Step 3.
From the confirmation popup that appears, click Delete from Library to delete the album, playlist, or song from iCloud. If you want to remove the song on your iOS device only, then you should click Remove from Downloads.

on PC/Mac

Step 1.
Open iTunes on your PC or Mac, find the playlist, song, or album you want to delete from iCloud.
Step 2.
Right-click on the item you want to delete.
Step 3.
From the options pop up, select Delete from Library to remove the song from your iCloud Music Library.
Delete Song from Library

If you want to delete all the songs in your iCloud Music Library, it's time-consuming to delete them one by one with the method introduced above. It'd be better to reset your iCloud Music Library with the steps below.

Step 1.
Open iTunes on your computer.
Step 2.
Find your music library and tap Songs.
Step 3.
On your keyboard, select all songs by pressing Command+A at the same time if you are using a Mac. Press Ctrl + A on a Windows PC.
Step 4.
Press your Delete key.
Step 5.
Select Delete Items button to delete all the songs from iCloud. Please don't click Remove Downloads in case your local music will be deleted.

Part 3. The Best Alternative Method to Manage All Your Music

If you want to quit iCloud Music Library but still want to sync music among your devices at your will, here we recommend the best alternative for you. Aiseesoft MobieSync enables you to transfer music between iPhone and iPod or between iOS device and computer in one click. If you have the need to transfer files between iOS and Android, it's also possible.

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What MobieSync can do for you?

  • Transfer all types of data including music, contacts, photos, videos, messages, voice memo, and more between iPhone/iPad/iPod touch/Android and computer.
  • Manage and transfer all kinds of files between two iOS or Android devices or between iOS and Android.
  • Back up and restore contacts in case of data missing.
  • Make personal ringtones with the built-in ringtone maker feature.
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Follow the detailed guide below to manage your music files with this music organizer.

Step 1.
Free download, install and run MobieSync on your computer.
Step 2.
Connect your iOS device to computer with USB cable, this phone data transfer will detect your device automatically.
Mobiesync interface
Step 3.
In the main interface, you will see all the phone files are listed in categories on the left sidebar. You can click on the data type on the left and check detailed information of each data type on the right preview window.

To transfer music files from iOS to computer: Click the Music data type and select the detailed items on the right panel. Then click "Export to Device" button to transfer music from iPhone or iPad to computer.

Export Music to PC

Import music files from computer to iOS device: Click the "Add File(s)" button to import music files from your computer to your iPhone, iPad or iPod.

Import Music from PC to iOS

Transfer music files from iOS to iOS: If you want to share music among your iOS devices, just connect the two iOS device to your computer at the same time and enable the source device to show in the Device list in the middle at the top. Then select the songs you want to share from source iOS device, then click "Export to Device" button to start the syncing.

Export Music to iOS

In this way you can easily and freely manage all your music files according to your own demand.


If you have been fed up with all the limitations that iCloud Music Library has, you can turn it off with the methods recommended above and use its best alternative – MobieSync to manage all the music files as well as other data type in your device at your will.

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