Before you begin
Before you move your iTunes library, update your existing backup or make a new one if you don't currently back up iTunes. Updating an old backup or creating a new one ensures that all of your content transfers correctly and makes the moving process easier.
Use Migration Assistant
Use your iTunes backup
You can use an iTunes backup on an external drive to manually move your iTunes library from your old computer to your new computer.
If you're using this method on a Mac:
- Click your desktop to make sure that you're in Finder.
- From the menu at the top of your computer screen, choose Finder > Preferences.
- Make sure that "External disks" and "Hard disks" are selected.
Part 1: Install iTunes on your new computer
Make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes.
Part 2 (optional): Move any new content
Part 3: Copy the iTunes backup to your new computer
To copy all of your media files, including the library file that holds all your playlists and other settings, to your new computer:
- Locate the iTunes folder on your new computer:
- Mac: Click your desktop to make sure that you're in Finder. Then choose Go > Home from the menu bar at the top of your computer screen. Double click the Music folder.
- Windows: Navigate to \Users\username\My Music\iTunes.
- Drag the iTunes folder in this location onto the desktop.
- Locate the external drive on your new computer:
- Mac: On the desktop.
- Windows: In My Computer or Computer.
- Double-click the external drive icon to open it.
- Drag the iTunes folder from your external drive to the Music folder (Mac) or My Music Folder (Windows) on your new computer. The transfer might take a while if you have a lot of content.
- Open iTunes.
You've now moved all of your music, playlists, and other information—including play counts and ratings—from your old computer to your new one.
Redownload or transfer your past purchases
After you transfer your library
- If you plan to stop using or give away your old computer, deauthorize it first.
- If you used iTunes on your old computer to back up your iOS device, back up your devices on your new computer or manually transfer the backups from your old computer. Learn more about creating and deleting iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch backups in iTunes.
- If you used iCloud with your old computer for syncing, set up iCloud on your new computer.