How to Show or Hide Music in the Cloud in the iOS Music App

In the iOS Music app, you can choose to show or hide purchased music, if you aren’t using iCloud Music Library. You may want to show your purchased music, so you can download it when you want to the device, or you may want to hide it, because you’ve synced music directly from iTunes. Or, even if you’re using iCloud Music Library, you may be in an area where you have no data access, or don’t want to use data, and want to only play music that’s already on your device.

When only local music is displayed, the Music app tells you, with a small text at the top of the main My Music screen.

Show all music

But if your purchased or cloud tracks already show up in the Music app, it’s not easy to find where to turn this off, and hide music that’s not on the device. The setting is hidden in the display menu. In the screenshot above, you can see that my music is sorted by Albums. Tap Albums – or Artists, Genres, or whatever displays in that menu on your device – and you’ll see a sort menu, which has an option at the bottom.

Show hide purchased music

Toggle Only Downloaded Music to change what displays on your device. I’ve already set my iPhone to only show downloaded music – or, in my case, music I’ve synced from iTunes.

4 thoughts on “How to Show or Hide Music in the Cloud in the iOS Music App

  1. How do you get to that display? All I get on the My Music page is Recently Added and Music Videos. I’m on an iPhone 6 with the latest iOS. I drives me nuts! I have to use search to get to any of my music. I use iCloud Music Library.

  2. How do you get to that display? All I get on the My Music page is Recently Added and Music Videos. I’m on an iPhone 6 with the latest iOS. I drives me nuts! I have to use search to get to any of my music. I use iCloud Music Library.

  3. Its a majorly annoying design , way too confusing consistantly. I just went thru this a month ago on my iphone 5s that was ruined by apples ios 11 . Now i have a new iphone just like they wanted and again after i already ” unhid” all my music half of it is hidden and says purchased but wont download . C’mon Apple , this system is horrible . And NO , im not updating to ios 11 and ruining yet another device nor should i need to to download albums i already have on other devices . It should be just look up the music you already purchased and press download if its not on your device . Thats it , it is ( or should be ) that simple , but your designers always over conplicate trying to ve impressive when its the opposite of impressive . Now yet again im wasting hours trying to figure this out and most the online comments dont work so ill have to contact apple AGAIN ! Give me a break , its utterly pathetic whoever designs these aweful setups for apps and websites .

  4. Its a majorly annoying design , way too confusing consistantly. I just went thru this a month ago on my iphone 5s that was ruined by apples ios 11 . Now i have a new iphone just like they wanted and again after i already ” unhid” all my music half of it is hidden and says purchased but wont download . C’mon Apple , this system is horrible . And NO , im not updating to ios 11 and ruining yet another device nor should i need to to download albums i already have on other devices . It should be just look up the music you already purchased and press download if its not on your device . Thats it , it is ( or should be ) that simple , but your designers always over conplicate trying to ve impressive when its the opposite of impressive . Now yet again im wasting hours trying to figure this out and most the online comments dont work so ill have to contact apple AGAIN ! Give me a break , its utterly pathetic whoever designs these aweful setups for apps and websites .

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