Set up Home Sharing on your computer

Home Sharing in iTunes lets you share and transfer content between multiple iTunes libraries on your home network. You can also stream from those libraries to an iOS device or Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation).

This article discusses how to set up and use Home Sharing on your computer. For help after you set it up, follow these steps.

Home Sharing allows you to share items from your iTunes library with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation). Home Sharing can also be used to transfer items from your iTunes library between other Macs or PCs in your home. 

Home Sharing requires:

Set up Home Sharing in iTunes

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, choose File > Home Sharing > Turn On Home Sharing.
    After you turn on Home Sharing and click Done, Home Sharing won't be visible until it detects another computer with Home Sharing turned on.
  3. When prompted, enter your Apple ID and password.

    Make sure to use the same Apple ID when you turn on Home Sharing on all devices you intend to share with.
  4. Click Turn On Home Sharing.
  5. Use the above steps to turn on Home Sharing on additional computers on your home network.

Set up Automatic Transfer

Automatic Transfer can transfer your newly-purchased apps, books, music, TV shows, and movie purchases to your other computers set up for Home Sharing.

To automatically transfer content between computers, click the Settings button in the lower-right corner of iTunes while viewing a Home Share. Then, select which content to transfer. Automatic transfer of iTunes Store content is off by default.

The Settings and Import button aren't present if you're using Music Sharing, which is different from Home Sharing.

  • Automatic transfer applies to new purchases from the iTunes Store whenever they are made. However, updates aren't transferred (such as those from the App Store).
  • Automatic transfer only applies to iTunes Store content you purchase or download after you turn on Home Sharing.
  • Previously downloaded or non-iTunes Store content can only be manually transferred. It might 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 can't transfer or stream audiobook content purchased from Audible.com. See Audible.com for assistance in using their content on multiple computers.
  • Rentals from the iTunes Store can't be streamed or transferred to another computer using Home Sharing.

Avoiding duplicates

Home Sharing doesn't check for duplicates when manually transferring content between iTunes libraries. The best way to avoid duplication of what you share is to use the Show menu located in the lower-left corner of iTunes. Choose "Items not in my library" before you transfer any content.

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.

Learn more

If you just bought a new computer and want to move your content, learn how to move your music to a new computer.

Home Sharing transfers the media file and ID3 tag information. It doesn't transfer iTunes metadata, including ratings, play history, and comments.

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