How to listen to your Apple Music collection offline

Apple Music is a streaming service that offers to make almost the entire iTunes catalog available to you almost all the time. Whether you're not going to be connected to the internet, worried about cellular data usage, or you just want to see what music you have stored locally on your iPhone or iPad, here's a quick and easy way to view those tracks (as well as how to remove them if you no longer want them stored on your device).

How to view songs you've saved locally to your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Music app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the My Music tab.
  3. Select the view type dropdown (by default, it reads "Albums") from the middle of the screen.
  4. Switch Show Music Available Offline to on at the bottom of the pop-up.

To reverse this, tap the dropdown again and turn the Show Music Available Offline switch off.

If you've downloaded entire albums or playlists, you'll also be able to tell if they're locally stored even without enabling the "Show Music Available Offline" switch: Just view the album or playlist; if it's been saved offline, you'll see a tiny grey iPhone icon in the upper right corner.

How to remove songs from your iPhone or iPad

  1. Make sure the Show Music Available Offline switch (found within the view type dropdown in My Music) is enabled.
  2. Change the view type dropdown to whatever you're looking to delete—albums, genres, songs, etc.

  3. Tap the More button (looks like •••)
  4. Tap Remove Downloads.

How to add songs, listen offline on your Mac, and more

For more info on offline listening, as well as how to view your offline songs on your Mac, check out our full guide to listening to Apple Music offline.

Rock on

There you have it—offline listening, at your fingertips. If you're running into problems or can't quite make this work, feel free to shout in the comments and we'll try and get things rolling.

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