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How to remove duplicate music from your iPhone

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How to remove duplicate music in iTunes


If your iPhone contains duplicate music, the easiest way to remove duplicates is to ensure that your iTunes library is free of duplicates and then resync your iPhone to iTunes.

To remove duplicate tracks from your iPhone using Tune Sweeper, follow these steps...

  1. Download and install Tune Sweeper
  2. Launch Tune Sweeper and click "Search for Duplicates"
  3. Your iTunes library will be scanned and Tune Sweeper will return a list of duplicates
  4. Manually choose which files to remove, or allow Tune Sweeper to do it automatically by selecting a Keep Selection Preference
  5. Once you're happy with the selections, click Remove Duplicates
  6. Sync your updated iTunes library with your iPhone to upload your new duplicate free library to your device.
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Detailed Steps

1. Firstly, you will need to check if the duplicate music is present in your iTunes library as well as on your iPhone. You can use Tune Sweeper to do this by doubling clicking on the Tune Sweeper icon to run the program, then selecting "Search For Duplicates".

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2. If your iTunes library does not contain any duplicate tracks and also contains your full collection of music, you can simply re-sync your iPhone to your iTunes library and it should remove any duplicate tracks on your iPhone. See step 5.

3. If the duplicate tracks are not in your iTunes library on your PC/Mac, and the library is incomplete (i.e. missing songs which are on the iPhone), you will need to use our other product, TouchCopy, to copy all of your music from your iPhone to your iTunes library on your PC/Mac before attempting to remove any duplicates. Otherwise when you attempt to re-sync your iPhone with iTunes, only the music within iTunes will be added to your iPhone. Please note: any music which is on your iPhone but is not in your iTunes library will be deleted from your iPhone when syncing with iTunes. TouchCopy allows you to safely copy your music from your iPhone to your iTunes library without the risk of it being deleted. For more information on our product TouchCopy, you can view the online user manual for it here.

4. Once the duplicate tracks have been found on your PC/Mac, you can use Tune Sweeper to remove them using the duplicates function. Once the duplicate tracks have been found, you can choose which track from each group you would like to keep. After all selections have been made, click the "Remove Duplicates" button to clean up your iTunes library.

For more information on how to use Tune Sweeper to do this, you can view the online user manual for Tune Sweeper 4 here.

5. Now that all the duplicate music has been removed and your iTunes library is complete on your PC/Mac, you are ready to re-sync your iTunes library to your iPhone.

Connect your iPhone to your PC/Mac and run iTunes. Select your iPhone in the source list in iTunes. In the main iTunes Window (under the "Summary" tab) scroll down to the bottom. Uncheck "Manually manage music and videos".

Uncheck "Manually manage music and videos"

Setting iTunes like this ensures that your music and videos are automatically synced with iTunes. You can check this by clicking on the Music Tab in iTunes and ensuring that the "Sync music" box is checked. In addition to this, if you wish to sync your Podcasts, Games and Contacts, click on the relevant tab in iTunes, check the "Sync" box, and then click on the Sync button at the bottom of the screen.

Select "Sync" to sync your iTunes library to your device

After following these steps, see this article if you have issues with Tune Sweeper removing duplicates from your iTunes.

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Latest Comments

stephen wrote...
brought this program 10 hours ago and started it deleting duplicates it has so far got to 551 ? why does this program run so slow i could do this faster myself ? and if this is the speed the program goes then how do i put in for a refund ?
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@stephen This is most definitely not the speed that we would expect Tune Sweeper to run at. Please open a support ticket on our online helpdesk detailing which versions of Tune Sweeper, iTunes and Windows/Mac OS X you are using. This will enable us to better assist with this.
Rich Ulrich wrote...
When deleting duplicates the program hung at 7157 of 10655

Wht should I do?
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Rich Ulrich Please wait a few moments before closing Tune Sweeper as it may still be processing. If you do close Tune Sweeper, the 7157 tracks will still safely have been deleted. Re-perform the same search and the remaining duplicates should display. You can then proceed to remove these tracks in the same manor.
Mike O'Grady wrote...
I am getting an error after sweeping my music for duplicates indicating that there is not enough storage
Larry Chodzko wrote...
I don't want to rsync my iPhone,isn't there a way for this software to search my iPhone or another device only??? Why not?
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Larry Chodzko TouchCopy will be able to search your phone and copy its contents into iTunes or onto your computer. This should then mean that when you sync contents onto your phone from iTunes you should not loose files in the process.

TouchCopy has a report feature for showing what music is not in your iTunes or on your computer. Please see this link for more information:
Darren Fisher wrote...
Hi there,

Installed paid version of Touch Copy - appeared to work fine. A few duplicates were created in iTunes library, but these were easy enough to delete. I then tried to synch a new purchase a genre name change to an existing library tune and my problems started. It appeared I had to use autofill in the synch window to get the new data to transfer to my phone...but this then created duplicates of several tunes. I followed your instructions on re-synching but I got an error saying not enough room...but I have removed loads of stuff from iphone and all my tunes fitted on there before and I've only added one new one. Thoughts?
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Darren Fisher It is possible that your iTunes library is trying to sync data to your iPhone that was note previously installed on the phone, such as purchased apps etc. Please check your sync settings under the corresponding tabs within iTunes when your device is connected, from here you can manually select which items to sync to your device; music, apps, photos etc.