How to Optimize Your iPhone Music Storage

How to Optimize Your iPhone Music Storage

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Need to free up space on your iPhone, but having a hard time parting with absolutely anything it contains? I don’t know about you, but I’m that person with a 64 GB iPhone that has 35 GB of music—in other words, way more than I could ever listen to. That storage could be put to better use; and now with iOS 10, it can be, without any of my Apple Music disappearing. Optimizing your iPhone music storage in iOS 10 is pretty easy to do and completely automatic. Optimizing storage on iPhone means selecting a minimum amount of storage your music can take up and allowing your iPhone to remove the downloads of all that extra music you rarely listen to. Here’s how to optimize your iPhone music storage.

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I love this feature because it helps me create more storage on my iPhone automatically but all my music will still be available in the iCloud Music Library. That means my collection will be intact without my iPhone storage being more than fifty percent music. To turn on automatic music storage optimization:

  • Open the Settings app.

  • Tap Music.

  • Select Optimize Storage.

  • Toggle on Optimize Storage.

  • Under Minimum Storage you’ll see five options: None, 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB, and 32 GB.

  • Select the amount of music you want your iPhone to keep downloaded on your iPhone.

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