Use Home Sharing to share iTunes content with other devices

Home Sharing lets you share and stream content from your computer’s iTunes library to other computers, iOS devices, and Apple TVs.

Get started

  • To use Home Sharing, make sure that all of your devices are on the same home network. In some cases, you might need an Internet connection.
  • You’ll need the latest version of iTunes and iOS.
  • Choose a device below to set up and use Home Sharing.

Use Home Sharing on your Mac or PC

You can use Home Sharing with up to five computers on your home network. Follow these steps to use Home Sharing:

  1. Open iTunes on your computer.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID and password. Use the same Apple ID for every computer or device on your Home Sharing network.
  3. Go to File > Home Sharing.
  4. Turn on Home Sharing.

Now you can use Home Sharing:

  • Stream music, movies, TV shows, apps, and other iTunes content from one authorized computer to another. The computers need to be on and awake, and iTunes needs to be open.
  • To see all of your shared libraries, click   in the top-left corner of iTunes.

  • Share iTunes content by dragging it from one computer’s library to another computer’s library.
  • You can also import purchases from other Home Sharing computers into your iTunes library. Choose a shared library, click  Settings icon, and select the content that you want to import.

Use Home Sharing on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings > Music, or Settings > Videos.
  2. Scroll down to Home Sharing.
  3. Tap Sign in.
  4. Then enter your Apple ID and password. Use the same Apple ID for every computer or device on your Home Sharing network.

Now you can use Home Sharing on your iOS device:

  • To enjoy shared videos, open the Videos app, tap Shared, and choose a Library.
  • To enjoy shared music on your iPhone or iPod touch through Home Sharing, open the Music app and tap My Music > Library. For iPad, just tap My Music. On the screen that appears, tap the category near the middle of the screen. Then tap Home Sharing and choose a shared Library to connect to.

Use Home Sharing on your Apple TV

  1. On your Apple TV (4th generation), go to Settings > Accounts > Home Sharing. On earlier models of Apple TV, go to Settings > Computers.
  2. Select Turn on Home Sharing.
  3. Then enter your Apple ID and password. Use the same Apple ID for every computer or device on your Home Sharing network.

Now you can use Home Sharing on your Apple TV: 

  • To find shared libraries, go to the main menu, select Computers, and choose a library.
  • You can also view photos from your computer on your Apple TV: Open iTunes on your computer. Then go to File > Home Sharing > Choose Photos to Share with Apple TV.

Get help

If you don't see shared libraries after you set up Home Sharing, find out what to do .

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