In mid-March, Google removed the ability for users to download their Play Music library through Takeout. With that data now gone, Google Play Music is getting a latest update on Android to hide the app.
Play Music version 8.29.9112-1.W is rolling out widely through Google Play today. It still shows a “Google Play Music is no longer available” screen prompting users to “Browse YouTube Music”. However, underneath is a new “Free up space” section:
Easily delete local Google Play Music data from your device to free up space.
“Hide application” causes “Google Play Music to no longer be displayed on the home page or in the view of all applications”. After confirming, Play Music will no longer appear in your app drawer and you will no longer be able to open it. On Google Play, the only option you have is to uninstall.
There is also “Delete all local data” if you couldn’t delete the downloads before the app crashed and “Open app info”.
This update is intended to address how you cannot uninstall Play Music if the app was pre-installed on your device. In Google’s case, the Pixel 3 and earlier versions have it as a default application where the only option is to disable it from the “Application Information” page, which is not obvious to most users. On newer phones that have YouTube Music loaded, you can delete it like any other downloaded app.
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