Show Only Downloaded Music on Your iPhone

  Matt Cone       July 21, 2021      Tutorials iPhone Music


I use Apple Music and I love it. Being able to stream and download music to an iPhone over a wireless or cellular connection is priceless. But there is one time when I don’t want to stream music at all: when I’m using my iPhone in airplane mode or when I’m in an area with no cellular or wireless connectivity.

Apple Music application icon

That’s because Apple Music displays all of my music in one big list, and I can’t tell which music is downloaded to my iPhone - that’s the music I can play without network connectivity - and which music that is currently stored on Apple’s servers - that’s the music I can’t play without network connectivity. The distinction matters, because without a network connection, I’d just have to “hunt and peck” to find the music that I’ve already downloaded to my phone.

Fortunately, there’s a quick and easy way to display only downloaded music on your iPhone. All you have to do is tap something in the Apple Music application on your iPhone. Here’s how to show only the downloaded music on your iPhone:

  1. From the home screen, tap the Music application.

  2. Tap Library.

  3. Tap Downloaded, as shown below.

    iPhone show all music setting

All of the music downloaded to your iPhone will appear, as shown below.

iPhone downloaded music

That’s it! Now you can browse your music library on your iPhone and rest assured that what you’re seeing is what you can play.

Adding the Downloaded Option

If you can’t see the Downloaded option in the Apple Music application, you can quickly and easily add it. Here’s how to add the Downloaded option to Apple Music:

  1. From the home screen, tap the Music application.
  2. Tap Library.
  3. Tap Edit in the top right corner of the screen.
  4. Tap Downloaded, and then tap Done in the top right corner of the screen.

The Downloaded option will now appear in Apple Music.

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