How to Disable Automatic Artist Following in Apple Music

If you’re not a big fan of following artists on Apple Music, here’s how to keep Apple Music from automatically following artists on your iPhone.

Apple Music launched late last month to the public, officially marking the company’s dive into the music streaming market to compete with the likes of Spotify, Pandora, Rdio, and more.

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There are some cool features in Apple Music, including the Beats 1 radio station, which is hosted by real DJs. However, one of the more interesting features of Apple Music is Connect, which allows you to follow certain artists and see what they’re up to. Artists can post videos, photos, or simple updates on what they’re working on, giving users an up-close look at musicians.

It can be a neat feature for sure, but not everyone will be into the idea. Some users just want to listen to music and nothing else, meaning the Connect feature is useless to them. However, one default feature of Apple Music is that when you add an artist to your library, you automatically follow them in Connect.

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Again, this can be convenient for some users who want to use Connect, but otherwise it’s pretty annoying. The good news is that it’s really easy to disable this feature prevent Apple Music from automatically following artists that you add to your library. Here’s how to do it.

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Disable Automatic Artist Following in Apple Music

Apple Music’s Connect feature can be fun to play around with, but if you’re really only using Apple Music for the music, then Connect can be seen as a useless feature, more or less. Plus, it’s a bit annoying when the app automatically follows an artist that you add to your music library by default.

However, there’s an easy way to fix that. Just follow these simple steps:

Open up the Music app and tap on the profile icon in the top-left corner.

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From there, tap on Following.

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Then turn off the toggle switch next to Automatically Follow Artists.

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At that point, the app should no longer automatically follow artists for you when you add their music to your library.

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Of course, this isn’t the only tip that you should know about Apple Music. In fact, perhaps an even better trick is that you can set any Apple Music song as your morning alarm on iPhone, which is perhaps a huge bonus now that Apple has its own music streaming service.

All you have to do is add the song you want to use as your alarm to your library and then create an alarm in the Clock app, from which you’ll choose the song as your “Sound.” From there, set a time and that song will begin playing at the time you specify in the morning.

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Apple Music is a big part of the iOS 8.4 update.

Apple Music is a big part of the iOS 8.4 update.

You can also turn off Apple Music altogether, although you won’t be able to get rid of it entirely. There are a couple of things you can do to at least get rid of most the Apple Music features and go back to the old Music app interface that you loved in older versions of iOS.

There’s a lot to be excited about with Apple Music, though, and many iOS users are happy to try it out, especially with the 3-month free trial, which gives users more than enough time to decide if it’s something that will be worth paying for once the trial ends, with an individual plan priced at $9.99 per month.

However, some users are already invested in other music services, and while Apple Music is decent, it can sometimes not be enough to win users over from other services, especially since Apple Music doesn’t offer any kind of feature for transferring playlists and libraries from other streaming services.