iTunes: Setting up Home Sharing on your computer
Home Sharing in iTunes is designed to let you share and transfer content between multiple iTunes libraries on your home network, and stream from those libraries to an iOS device or Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation).
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Note: This article discusses setting up and using Home Sharing on your computer. For troubleshooting assistance, see Troubleshooting Home Sharing.
Home Sharing requires:
- The latest version of iTunes.
- An Apple ID. For more information, see Frequently asked questions about Apple ID.
- A Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection to a home network with active Internet connection.
Setting up Home Sharing in iTunes
- Open iTunes.
- Select Home Sharing from where you choose between Music, Movies, and other kinds of media on the left side of iTunes.
- If the Home Sharing icon is not visible, choose File > Devices > Turn On Home Sharing from the menu bar. (You can disable or enable Home Sharing for your computer using the File menu.)
Note: After enabling Home Sharing and clicking Done, Home Sharing is no longer visible until it detects another computer with Home Sharing enabled.
- When prompted, enter your Apple ID account name and password:
- Click "Turn on Home Sharing."
- Use the above steps to enable Home Sharing on additional computers on your home network.
Note: Be sure to use the same Apple ID account name when enabling Home Sharing on all computers you intend to share with.
Setting up Automatic Transfer
Automatic Transfer can transfer your newly-purchased apps, books, music, TV shows, and movie purchases to your other computers setup for Home Sharing.
To automatically transfer content between computers, click the Settings button in the lower-right while viewing a Home Share and select which content to transfer. Automatic transfer of iTunes Store content is off by default.
Note: The Settings and Import button are not present if you are using Music Sharing, which is different from Home Sharing. See this article for more information.
- Automatic transfer applies to new purchases from the iTunes Store whenever they are made. However, updates are not transferred (such as those from the App Store).
- Automatic transfer only applies to iTunes Store content you purchase or download after enabling Home Sharing.
- Previously downloaded or non-iTunes Store content can only be manually transferred. It may be necessary to authorize iTunes Store content for playback on other computers.
- Audiobooks purchased through the iTunes Store can be automatically or manually transferred.
- Home Sharing cannot transfer or stream audiobook content purchased from Audible.com. See Audible.com for assistance in using their content on multiple computers.
- In addition, rentals from the iTunes Store cannot be streamed or transferred to another computer using Home Sharing.
Home Sharing tips
The best way to avoid duplication is to use the Show menu located in the lower-left corner. Choose "Items not in my library" before transferring any content.
- Home Sharing transfers the media file and ID3 tag information. It does not transfer iTunes metadata, including ratings, play history, and comments.
- Home Sharing does not check for duplicates when manually transferring content between iTunes libraries.
- If your iTunes libraries contain a large amount of identical content, you should manually select only the songs you want to transfer.
- If you accidentally create duplicates, use the Show Duplicates feature in iTunes to locate and remove duplicate files.
- If you have the Sidebar hidden, you can navigate a shared iTunes library by clicking the title of the Home Share to see more options, like Apps:
- If you have the Sidebar showing, you can navigate a shared iTunes library by expanding the arrow to see more options, like Apps:
Home Sharing is designed to be an easy way to either copy items from your iTunes library between your Macs or PCs in your home, or to share items from your iTunes library with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation).
If you just bought a new computer and want to move your content, you may also use these articles to do so: