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.
Change your settings on Mac
To change this setting on your Mac, open iTunes and then follow these steps.
1) Click iTunes from the menu bar and select Preferences.
2) Select the Downloads tab.
3) Uncheck the Music box under Automatic Downloads. You’ll notice you can uncheck the boxes for Movies and TV Shows to stop them from automatically downloading as well.
4) Click OK.
More music tutorials
Here are some additional tutorials to help you with your music on iOS and Mac.
- How to add any Apple Music album to your iPhone’s Home screen
- How to automatically create an Apple Music playlist with songs you identified with Shazam
- How to repeat songs, albums, and playlists in Apple Music app
- How to change the Apple Music account associated with your HomePod
- Fix: Apple Music not showing up in iTunes
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!