Natalie Tips & Tricks by

8 reviews
4.25 stars

Automatic Downloads for Music in Apple Music (iOS 10)

Apple's Music icon with a check mark below and the text "Added to Music Library"Ever since Apple introduced Apple Music with iOS 8.4, iPhone users have had the option to stream and download music from its own Music Streaming Service. However, if you add songs to the Music Library, they will not download automatically to your iPhone. Instead you only stream the songs from your iCloud account. In iOS 10 you can set up an automatic download for music, which starts when you add the song to your Music Library.

How to activate the “Automatic Downloads” in Apple Music

The requirement to use this feature is a subscription to Apple Music.

At first you go to your Settings and chose Music. Then activate the iCloud Music Library by clicking the button.

Now you can see “Automatic Downloads“ below, which you have to activate as well.

Settings → Music → iCloud Music Library (activate) → Automatic Downloads (activate)

Two screenshots show how to activate the automatic downloads

Now you can go to the Music app. If you want to download an album, tap on the “+” button as usual and the download starts.

When you are listening to one specific song, you can find the “+” button in the left bottom corner.

Three screenshots show how to download music in Apple Music


View only downloaded music in your Music Library

If you only want to see the music that you have downloaded, tap on the Library icon and go to “Downloaded Music“.

An arrow points at the folder "Downloaded Music" in the Music Library

The automatic downloads make sense. Especially, if you usually download your favorite music anyway, it will avoid extra work.