How to stop Apple Music from downloading songs added to your library

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When you add a song to your library from Apple Music, it doesn’t mean that you automatically want to download that song to your device too. After all, those tunes can take up a lot of storage space especially if you add more and more over time.

Here’s how to stop Apple Music from downloading songs added to your library.

Change your settings on iPhone or iPad

Making this change is a quick one on your iPad or iPad. Just open your Settings and do the following.

1) Scroll down to and select Music.

2) Under Downloads, move the slider to turn off Automatic Downloads.

3) Tap the Settings arrow on the top left to go back or simply close the app.

Apple Music Disable Automatic Downloads iPhone

Change your settings on Mac

To change this setting on your Mac, open the Music app and then follow these steps.

1) Click Music from the menu bar and select Preferences.

2) Select the General tab.

3) Uncheck Automatic Downloads.

4) Click OK.

Uncheck Automatic Downloads Music Mac

More music tutorials

Here are some additional tutorials to help you with your music on iOS and Mac.

Wrapping it up

If you love music and are always looking for new songs on Apple Music, creating playlists, and listening wherever you go, then remember that those tunes don’t have to be downloaded to your device. Just disable the setting described here and you’re good to go.

Are you struggling with other settings for your music on iOS or Mac? Let us know and we’ll try to help!