How to Remove a Playlist From an iPhone

By Steve Gregory

You don’t need to open the Music section of your iPhone’s Settings menu to delete a playlist. The Music app on your iPhone running iOS 8.1 has the Delete option conveniently located on a playlist’s screen. Instead of deleting an entire playlist, you can consider using the Clear option -- which removes only the playlist’s content. You don’t have to worry about accidentally deleting music during the removal process because deleting a playlist *does not remove* the playlist’s songs from your iPhone’s music library.

Step 1

Tap the "Music" icon from your iPhone's Home screen to launch the Music app.

Step 2

Tap the "Playlists" icon in the app's menu bar to open the Playlists screen.

Step 3

Scroll down the screen, if applicable, and select the playlist you want to delete.

Step 4

Review the options to remove the playlist or the playlist's content. The **Delete option** removes the playlist and its content from your iPhone. The **Clear option** deletes all of the playlist's songs but leaves the playlist itself intact. If you choose the Clear option, you can then repopulate the playlist with new music.

Step 5

Tap "Clear" and then select "Clear Playlist" from the pop-up menu to delete the playlist's content. You are then free to add new content to the playlist.

Step 6

Tap "Delete" and then select the "Delete Playlist" option to remove the playlist from your list of playlists.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also remove a playlist from your iPhone using the desktop version of iTunes. Your iPhone must already be synchronized to iTunes on your computer to perform this procedure. Open iTunes on your computer, click the "Music" icon and then select "Playlists." Right-click the playlist you want to delete and then click the "Delete" button on the pop-up window to remove the playlist. The next time you sync your iPhone with iTunes on your computer, the playlist is removed from your iPhone.
  • Another way to remove a playlist -- except for a default playlist, such as "Recently Played" -- from your iPhone is to swipe your finger to the left of the playlist and tap "Delete."
  • You cannot remove default playlists, such as "Recently Played" and "Recently Added," directly from your iPhone. To remove a default playlist from your device, synchronize your iPhone with iTunes on your computer, delete the playlist in iTunes and then perform another sync. The default playlist is removed from your iPhone after the synchronization process completes.
  • You can also remove a Genius playlist on your iPhone by swiping your finger to the left of the playlist and tapping "Delete." However, if you already synced the Genius playlist to iTunes on your computer, you can remove the playlist from your device only by deleting the playlist from iTunes.