How to Delete Xbox Music Playlists

Deleting a playlist in Xbox Music isn’t as easy as right-clicking on it and selecting Delete. Here’s how to do it on all platforms Xbox Music is available.

Last week I showed you how to create Xbox Music playlists in Windows 8.1 using Bing. That is all fine and good for creating playlists on the fly, but after a while you might want to get rid of them. For whatever reason, it’s not a simple as right-clicking on a playlist and selecting Delete – like it is with virtually every other music player.

Deleting a playlist is different on each device, but once you delete a playlist on say your Windows Phone, it deletes it across the board on all of your devices. Here’s a look at how to delete playlists on each platform Xbox Music is available on.

Delete Xbox Music Playlists

Windows 8.1 Xbox Music App: To delete a playlist in Xbox Music using the app on Windows 8.1, you need to select the playlist first. Then at the top click the (…) icon for more choices, and select Delete.

Delete Playlist Xbox Music

Xbox Music for the web: Again you need to select the playlist to open it up, and then click the trashcan icon to delete it.

Delete Playlist Web Version

Windows Phone: Open the Xbox Music app, drill down to Playlists, then press and hold it to get the popup menu to delete.

Delete Playlists Winodws phone

Android and iOS Apps: Deleting a playlist on Android is similar to Windows phone. Just press and hold the playlist and then tap delete. On iOS, press and hold the playlist, and tap Delete from the menu that pops up.

Xbox Music Android iOS

Xbox 360: On your console go to Xbox Music > My Music > Playlists then select the one you want to delete and choose Delete Playlist.




  1. Sander

    December 17, 2013 at 5:50 am

    Is it me or is this just retarded? Three different explanations and a really time consuming actions…

    By accident I imported my iTunes playlist twice while searching for an import menu.. The problem is that my iTunes playlist has over 50 different lists.
    I know it’s stupid but I did this once more, because I couldn’t believe there is no import menu or a playlist menu..

    I failed already twice by trying to use the music app.. I’m not even going to try deleting them one at a time.. If I can select them or clean the list in a proper way, I am just going to abandon the microsoft app and install iTunes again…

    I advice you all to do the same or at least use an other music player.

    • Ray

      June 22, 2014 at 10:48 am

      I agree.

      This app is several years old made by the largest software company in the world and it cannot do the most basic functions. I, too have many playlists. I do not want to go through multiple steps to delete just ONE playlist. I want to select a group of them at once and then delete and move on.

      I like Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, but my gosh the simplest of tasks are either not there, there in multiple confusing forms, complicated or buggy. I don’t care about X-Box Music subscriptions, I just want to play my stupid MP3s and this is the only option there is so I can keep a consistent feel across all my devices. Google and Apple are lacking in other ways, so there are three platforms that are jack of all trades and master of only a few.

  2. donebrasko

    April 12, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Has anyone figured out how to delete multiple playlist yet?

  3. Mauro

    April 21, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Yes, you can delete all of your playlists on the Xbox Music Player on Windows 8.1 by doing a Reset from the Preferences (Windows Charms, Settings, Preferences, Reset). Then, it will prompt for the data to reset and there is an option to reset all of your playlists. You can also delete all of the downloaded music (from Xbox Music service) and it’s just a checkbox setting.

    I don’t know about the Phone or Xbox. Wonder if there is something similar?

  4. Ims

    July 26, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    What poorly designed application — but not at all unique when it comes to MS. Always poorly thought out a implemented.

    Looks like I’m going to have to reformat my SD card in my phone. What does MS feed their people? And where is the management?

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