iOS 17: How to Turn Off Automatic Music Downloads on iPhone


Tom Michaelson

Are you tired of your iPhone automatically downloading music you don’t even listen to? Well, in iOS 17, turning off automatic music downloads is a breeze. With just a few taps, you can take control of your music library and save precious storage space on your device.

Step by Step Tutorial: How to Turn Off Automatic Music Downloads on iPhone

Before we dive into the steps, let’s understand what we’re trying to achieve here. Turning off automatic music downloads means that your iPhone won’t download new purchases made on other devices automatically. This is useful if you share an Apple ID with family members and don’t want their music to fill up your phone.

Step 1: Open Settings

Open the ‘Settings’ app on your iPhone.

This is the app with the gear icon, usually found on your home screen. It’s where you can adjust all the settings for your iPhone.

Step 2: Tap ‘Music’

Scroll down and tap on ‘Music’ to access your music settings.

This is where you will find all the settings related to the Music app and its functions on your iPhone.

Step 3: Toggle off ‘Automatic Downloads’

Under the ‘Downloads’ section, you’ll see a toggle next to ‘Automatic Downloads.’ Turn this off by tapping it.

When the toggle is in the off position, it should be grayed out, indicating that automatic downloads are disabled.

Once you complete these steps, your iPhone will no longer automatically download music from your other devices. This means that you’ll have to manually download any music you want on your iPhone, but it also means you won’t get surprised by sudden storage space shortages.

Tips: Managing Music Downloads on iPhone

  • If you change your mind, you can always turn automatic downloads back on by following the same steps and toggling the switch to the on position.
  • Remember, turning off automatic downloads doesn’t delete any music already on your iPhone. You’ll need to remove those manually if you want to free up space.
  • If you have a limited data plan, turning off automatic downloads can help prevent unexpected data charges from music downloading over cellular data.
  • You can still manually download music to your iPhone by going to the iTunes Store app and tapping the download icon next to the music you want.
  • If you want to automatically download music but only over Wi-Fi, there’s a setting for that too. Go to ‘Settings,’ then ‘iTunes & App Store,’ and turn on ‘Use Cellular Data’ to off.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I stop automatic downloads for other types of content?

Go to ‘Settings,’ then ‘iTunes & App Store,’ and you can toggle automatic downloads for Books, Apps, and Updates.

Will turning off automatic music downloads affect my Apple Music subscription?

No, this setting only affects purchases made in the iTunes Store, not streaming with Apple Music.

What happens if I have automatic downloads turned on and purchase a song on another device?

The song will automatically download to your iPhone as long as you’re connected to Wi-Fi or if you have ‘Use Cellular Data’ turned on for downloads.

Can I still download songs from Apple Music to listen offline?

Yes, you can download songs from Apple Music by adding them to your library and tapping the download button.

If I delete a song downloaded through automatic downloads, will it delete from my other devices?

No, deleting a song from your iPhone will not remove it from your other devices. It only removes the download from that specific device.


  1. Open ‘Settings’
  2. Tap ‘Music’
  3. Toggle off ‘Automatic Downloads’


Turning off automatic music downloads on your iPhone is a simple task that can save you from unnecessary clutter and data charges. With the release of iOS 17, Apple continues to offer users more control over their devices and how they manage content. Remember, you can always reverse this setting if you decide you want to enable automatic downloads again. The key is having the power to choose what works best for you and your iPhone’s storage needs. Taking the time to customize your settings can create a more personalized and efficient user experience. Keep exploring the various features and settings available to you, and make the most out of your iOS 17 experience.