Delete music, movies, apps, books, and other downloaded content from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Learn how to delete or remove music, movies, TV shows, apps, books, audiobooks, podcasts, ringtones, and iTunes U courses that you've downloaded to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

You can delete content that you've downloaded (or saved) to your device. A download icon   next to your purchased content means that the content is not downloaded to your device. You can play or use content without downloading it to your device if you are connected to the Internet or Wi-Fi. Content that isn't downloaded to your device also doesn't use your device's storage or iCloud storage.

If you synced the content that you want to delete manually with iTunes on a computer and didn't download from the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store directly on your device, learn how to turn off syncing in iTunes.

Delete music

You can delete songs, albums, playlists, and music videos from your library in the Music app.

If you're a member of Apple Music or subscribe to iTunes Match, you can also delete items from iCloud Music Library.

Delete a single item


  1. In the Music app, find the item that you want to delete.
  2. Firmly press an item to use 3D Touch or touch and hold on the item.
  3. Tap Remove  .
  4. When prompted to confirm, tap Remove Download.

Delete all of your music


  1. Go to Settings > General > Storage and iCloud Usage.
  2. Under Storage, tap Manage Storage > Music.
  3. Under Music, swipe left on All Songs.
  4. Tap Delete.

If you delete a purchase that you haven't downloaded to your device, the purchase will hide from your purchase history.

If you're an Apple Music member or iTunes Match subscriber, removing music from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch removes it from your device's local storage. If you want to also delete items from your iCloud Music Library, tap "Delete from Library" instead of Remove Download. If you delete music from iCloud Music Library on one device, it also deletes from your other devices. Learn how to delete items from iCloud Music Library

On an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, if you don't make music available for offline use, it's cached using the space available on the device. The device will remove cache, and the cached music, as space is needed by the device.

Delete movies and TV shows

You can delete movies and TV shows in the TV app (U.S. only; iOS 10.2 or later) or in the Videos app.

TV app

  1. Open the TV app.
  2. From the menu at the bottom of the screen, tap Library.
  3. Under Library, tap Downloaded.
  4. Find the movie or TV show that you want to delete, then tap it. 
  5. Firmly press the item to use 3D Touch, then tap Remove Download. Or tap , then tap Remove Download.

You won't see Downloaded under Library if none of your videos are downloaded to your device.

Videos app

You can delete movies and entire TV seasons or delete individual TV episodes.

Delete movies and entire TV show seasons

Tap Edit, then tap    in the upper-left corner of the item that you want to delete. When you're done, tap Done, then tap Delete to confirm.

Delete individual TV show episodes

Find the episode that you want to delete. Swipe left on the episode, then tap Delete.

You won't see Edit if none of your videos are downloaded to your device.


Delete an app

To delete an app from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, use these steps:

  1. Touch and hold the app until it jiggles.
  2. Tap the   in the upper-left corner to delete.

If you're asked to confirm that you want to delete the app, tap Delete.

If you press too firmly on an app, you might open the app's Quick Actions menu. Tap outside of the Quick Actions list and then lightly touch and hold on the app to try again.

If you don't see an   in the upper-left corner when the app jiggles, you might have restricted the ability to delete apps on your device. You can turn off the restriction in Settings. Learn more about using Restrictions on your device.

Deleting an app doesn't cancel a subscription. Learn how to manage your subscriptions.

You can also hide (and unhide) apps.


Delete books and audiobooks

  1. Open iBooks.
  2. In the upper-right corner, tap Select.
  3. Scroll to find the item that you want to delete, then tap it.
  4. In the upper-left corner of the iBooks window, tap Delete, then tap one of the options:
    Tap Remove Download to delete it only from your device.
    Tap Delete Everywhere to delete the item from iCloud and automatically remove it from all of your other devices.

Delete podcasts

You can unsubscribe from podcasts or delete individual episodes in the Podcasts app.

Unsubscribe from a podcast

In the My Podcasts tab, find the podcast that you want to unsubscribe from. Swipe left on the podcast's title, and tap Delete.

Delete a specific episode

Find the episode that you want to delete. Swipe left on the episode, and tap Delete.


Learn how to manage podcast subscriptions.

Delete a ringtone

You can delete ringtones by syncing your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to a computer with iTunes. Learn how to sync your iOS device with your computer.

Delete courses from iTunes U

You can unsubscribe from courses or delete individual courses in the iTunes U app.

Unsubscribe from a course

Pull down to show the menu, then tap Edit. Select the courses that you want to delete, and then tap Delete. You might be asked to confirm that you want to delete the course.

Delete a specific course or PDF

Tap   to change to list view, then find the course or PDF that you want to delete. Swipe left on the item and tap Delete.

Learn more

If you don't want to delete an item completely, you can hide (and unhide) it.

If you decide that you want an item again after you delete it, you can redownload your past purchases.

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