iCloud Music Library is a music storage service. If you are using Apple Music or iTunes Match, you can use it. It allows you to sync your music library across up to 10 Apple devices, as long as you are logged into the same iCloud account. While convenient, iCloud Music Library has its drawbacks.
If you have a large music library, syncing across devices can take hours or even days. In addition, some users find it messes up their music metadata and their songs even disappear together.
Fortunately, you can turn off iCloud Music Library. And we'll walk you through how to turn off iCloud Music Library on Mac, PC, iPhone, and iPad. You can also get a better way to back up your Apple Music.
Part 1. How to Turn Off iCloud Music Library on iPhone/iPad
How do I turn off iCloud Music Library on my iPhone? iCloud Music Library is enabled by default, so if you don't want to sync automatically, you need to turn off it manually. Without further ado, let's see how to turn iCloud Music Library off on an iPhone or iPad.
How to Disable iCloud Music Library on iPhone/iPad
Step 1. Power your iPhone or iPad and go to the 'Settings' app.
Step 2. Scroll down to tap on 'Music'.
Step 3. If your device is iOS 13, iPadOS 13, or later: Turn off 'Sync Library'. If your device is an earlier version of iOS: Turn off 'iCloud Music Library'.
Step 4. Once the button turns gray, iCloud Music Library is disabled.
Part 2. How to Turn Off iCloud Music Library on Mac
How to disable iCloud Music Library on a Mac? Follow the steps below.
Step 1. Open Apple Music or iTunes on any of your Mac computer.
Step 2. Select the 'Music' tab at the top. Then select the 'Preferences' option in the drop-down list.
Step 3. In the 'General' tab, uncheck the 'Sync Library' option. (If you do not subscribe to Apple Music or iTunes Match, this option will not be previously checked. You can re-enable the sync feature at any time by checking the checkbox again.)
Step 4. Click on the 'OK' button at the bottom.
Part 3. How to Turn Off iCloud Music Library on PC
Follow the steps below to disable iCloud Music Library on a Windows computer.
Step 1. Open Apple Music or iTunes on your PC.
Step 2. From the top menu bar, click on the 'Edit' option. Then select 'Preferences' at the bottom of the drop-down list.
Step 3. Uncheck 'iCloud Music Library' in the 'General' tab. (Similar to Mac, this option won't be checked if you do not currently subscribe to Apple Music or iTunes Match.)
Step 4. Click on the 'OK' button to save your changes.
Part 4. How to Back up Apple Music before Turning Off iCloud Music Library
Keep in mind that iCloud Music Library is not the same as having a backup of your music files offline. That's because, like most streaming services, Apple Music files are encrypted. As a result, you don't actually own any Apple Music track. And if you choose to unsubscribe, it will become inaccessible.
In addition, once you turn off iCloud Music Library, you won't be able to play Apple Music songs offline. So, we will provide you a better way to back up your Apple Music. That is, you can download your Apple Music songs with DRmare Audio Converter. DRmare Audio Converter is a professional tool for Apple Music, iTunes audiobooks, Audible AA/AAX audiobooks, and other general audios. It will remove all the restrictions on your music and keep the downloaded songs on your local drive forever.
What's more, as its name suggests, DRmare Audio Converter can also convert your audio to MP3 and other common audio formats. The download speed is up to 30X faster so you can back up your Apple Music as quick as possible. With it, you can get lossless Apple Music as a backup file on your computer.
DRmare Apple Music Downloader Main Features
- Convert Apple Music to common-used format like MP3, M4A, AAC, M4B
- Download and keep Apple Music after unsubscribing by removing DRM
- Keep original quality of ID3 tags, metadata, album cover, year, artist, author
- Download and convert Apple music incredibly fast, up to 30 times faster
How to Back up Apple Music before Turning Off iCloud Music Library
You can first download the DRmare Audio Converter by clicking the 'Download' button above. Then follow the steps below to back up Apple Music before turning off iCloud Music Library.
- Step 1Add Apple Music to DRmare Audio Converter
- Open DRmare Audio Converter and add Apple Music songs to it. To do it, click on the first 'Add Music' button at the bottom left to browse and add your Apple Music songs.
- Step 2Customize Apple Music output parameters
- DRmare Audio Converter allows you to change the output format and other audio parameters. You can click on the 'format' icon at the bottom right to choose your desired output format and change the sample rate, audio rate, and others. Then click on the 'OK' button to save your changes.
- Step 3Download and back up Apple Music songs
- Hit the 'Convert' button to start downloading and backing up your Apple Music songs. When the process is done, you can click on the 'Converted' icon at the bottom right to find the downloaded files. You will be able to listen to Apple Music offline.
Part 5. FAQs about iCloud Music Library
Here we selected some useful questions and answers that you may need.
Q1: How Do You Turn Off iCloud Music Library in iTunes?
A: If you are using a Mac computer, you can follow the steps in Part 2 to turn off iCloud Music Library in iTunes. If you are using a PC, follow the steps in Part 3 to get your iCloud Music Library turn off in iTunes.
Q2: What Happens If I Turn off iCloud Music Library?
A: Turning off iCloud Music Library can avoid all syncing errors. But you will not be able to access your music files including cloud copies of your Apple Music, iTunes Music Library and other music tracks you upload to iCloud. Therefore, you'd better back up your Apple Music songs before turning off iCloud Music Library.
Q3: How Do I Turn on My iCloud Music Library?
A: Opening the iCloud Music Library is as simple as reversing the steps. On an iPhone, turn "Sync Library" back; On a Mac, check the box for "Sync Library"; On Windows, check the box for "iCloud Music Library".
Q4: How to Turn Off iCloud Music Library on iPhone XR?
A: From the Settings app on your iPhone XR, select the 'Music' section. Then scroll down to find 'iCloud Music Library'. Toggle off this option to turn iCloud Music Library off.
Q5: Do I Need to Make a Backup before Using iCloud Music Library?
A: Yes. Although iCloud Music Library allows you to get a copy of your songs in the cloud, it's not a backup service. So, before you enable or disable iCloud Music Library, make sure you have back up all your music files in your local drive.
DRmare Audio Converter is the best tool to back up your Apple Music, iTunes Music Library, or other audio files. It doesn't lower any audio quality and download your songs at 30X faster.