How to remove downloaded music from your Apple Watch

downloaded music on Apple Watch

Having your favorite songs and music downloaded onto your Apple Watch is such a huge convenience.

Whether you are going on a jog or maybe you want to relax and listen to some music, having your Apple Music Library easily accessible is clutch. 

But maybe you’ve outgrown one song or you want to free up some space on your watch and you need to delete some of the songs you downloaded. 

Don’t have any idea how to remove downloaded music from your Apple Watch? We are here to help! Keep scrolling to learn how to do so.

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How to delete downloaded music from your Apple Watch using the Watch app

The easiest way to remove your watch’s downloaded music is by using the Watch app on your paired iPhone. You can also delete music directly from your Apple Watch.

  1. On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch App.
    1. Make sure you are on the My Watch tab. Find the My Watch tab on the left side of the bottom of your screen.
  2. Scroll down to the Music tab and tap it. Once the Music tab opens, you should see all of the songs and albums you have downloaded onto your Watch

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    Scroll down to the Music tab in the My Watch section of the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  3. Then you’re going to tap on the Edit button. The Edit button is in the upper right corner of your screen.  If you don’t see the Edit button, you have not downloaded any music to your watch.

    apple watch edit music on iPhone
    To delete any unwanted songs off of your Apple Watch, tap the edit button.
  4. Once you click on the Edit button, a red Minus sign should appear next to all of your downloaded music. Find this button on the left side of the screen. 

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    Once you select edit, the red minus sign appears next to all of your downloaded music on your Apple Watch.
  5. Scroll down to what you want to delete. Tap on the red Minus sign on the left side, and the Delete button appears on the right. 

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    Once you press the delete button, the song is removed from your Apple Watch.
  6. Next, tap on Delete. Once you do that, whatever song, album, or playlist you selected gets removed. 
    1. You can also swipe left on what you want to delete, and the Delete button also pops up.
  7. When you are all done editing your music downloads, select Done.

And that’s it! These steps also work with deleting your downloaded podcasts and audiobooks. 

How to delete downloaded music from your Apple Watch directly on your watch

  1. On your Apple Watch, open the Music app.
  2. Tap on Library. Library on Music app on Apple Watch
  3. Scroll down and choose Downloaded. All downloaded music on Apple Watch Music app
  4. Tap and open the music category you want to delete (such as playlists or albums.)categories of downloaded music on Apple Watch
  5. Swipe left on the specific music you wish to delete the download for and tap the More button (three-dot icon.) Apple Watch locate a Music app playlist to download
  6. Choose Remove. Remove playlist download from Apple Watch Music app
  7. Tap Remove Download to remove the item from your Apple Watch. Apple Watch remove Music app downloaded albums or playlists
    1. Remove Downloads deletes the music file download from your Apple Watch only. The music itself remains in your Music app library to stream (when connected to the internet via WiFi or cellular.) 
    2. If you instead choose Delete from Library, the music is deleted from all the devices where you use the same Apple ID. 

Not able to remove your watch’s downloaded music?

If you’re having additional issues with removing your downloaded music from your Apple Watch, try restarting your devices.

And be sure to double-check to make sure you update all of your devices to the latest software version including watchOS.

If that didn’t work, you might need to unpair and re-pair your Apple Watch. If you need help with unpairing your Apple Watch, check out our guide for that!

I'm a content writer with a passion for all things lifestyle having earned my Bachelor of Science in journalism from St. John's University. I was born and raised in Southern California. My Apple Watch never leaves my wrist, but I also adore Fitbit. I love all things health tech, including fitness and self-care apps. When I'm not writing, I enjoy traveling, reading, and drinking iced coffee!


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