How to move your iTunes library to a new computer

Move your iTunes library from an old computer to a new one so that you can play your media on and sync your iOS devices with the new computer.

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

If you want to move your library from an old Mac to a new Mac, use Migration Assistant on a Mac.

If you want to move your library from a PC to a new Mac, use Windows Migration Assistant on a PC.

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:

  1. Click your desktop to make sure that you're in Finder.
  2. From the menu at the top of your computer screen, choose Finder > Preferences.
  3. 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

If you’ve used iTunes on your new computer, move your media to a new folder. This will keep anything you added to your new computer separate from your old library. You can add these files back to your library in Part 4.

Learn how to move your iTunes Media folder on a Mac or PC.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Drag the iTunes folder in this location onto the desktop.
    Mac:

    Windows:
  3. Locate the external drive on your new computer:
    • Mac: On the desktop.
    • Windows: In My Computer or Computer.
  4. Double-click the external drive icon to open it.
  5. 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.
    Mac:

    Windows:
  6. 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.

Part 4 (optional): Add back new content

Copy the iTunes Media folder you created in Part 2 into the "Automatically Add to iTunes" folder inside the iTunes Media folder you copied in Part 3. iTunes automatically imports the content.

Redownload or transfer your past purchases

If you don’t have a backup of your iTunes library and your old computer is unavailable, you can download past purchases made with your Apple ID.

If you have multiple Apple IDs, you might find it easier to transfer purchases from a device after authorizing your new computer with your Apple ID.

After you transfer your library

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