Home sharing allows you to share your iTunes content on the local network with other iOS devices, Mac, Apple TV or any Windows PC with iTunes installed. Once home sharing has been set up, you can stream music / videos from your source library to all these devices without having to physically copy any of those files. You can also stream music from your Windows PC, as long as you have iTunes installed. Before setting up iTunes Home Sharing, make sure you have the following ingredients:
- A Mac, Apple TV, any iOS device or a Windows PC with iTunes installed.
- Devices should be connected to the same local area network.
- You are signed in on all devices with the same Apple ID.
- The Mac or Windows host should be turned on and iTunes should be open.
Set up iTunes Home Sharing on Mac or Windows
The first step is to enable home sharing on iTunes from your Mac or Windows PC. Open iTunes and click "File" > " Sharing in family ">" Enable Sharing homestay "from the menu bar.
So, sign in with the credentials of your Apple ID and click on " Enable family sharing ".
You should see a dialog " Family sharing now on "similar to the one shown below indicating that you have completed the installation on your Mac or Windows.
Enable iTunes Family Sharing on iPhone / iPad
On your iOS device, go to " Settings ">" Music "and touch" Log in "in Sharing with the family.
Enter the Apple ID credentials and touch " Log in ". At this stage, you have successfully configured your iOS device.
Sign in to iTunes Music on iOS
Now, to access iTunes Music, open the Music app on your iOS device and tap " Home Sharing ". Your iTunes library should now be displayed.
Keep in mind that it may take a few seconds to fully load it. If you can't view your library, make sure both devices are connected to the same network is signed in using the same Apple ID and try again.
From here, you can access all your songs, playlists, play / pause music which are stored on your Mac or Windows PC. You can also perform certain actions, for example delete the file from the library, evaluate the song and like / dislike it.
Access iTunes videos on iPhone / iPad
On your iPhone / iPad, go to " Settings ">" Video " is " Log in "using your Apple ID.
Open the app Video and now you should see your videos listed under the shared library.
Keep in mind that videos need to be imported in iTunes from your Mac or Windows source. The easiest way to do this by dragging videos into the iTunes window.
Access iTunes Content on Windows or macOS
Once you've set up iTunes Home Sharing on Windows or Mac, logging into another Windows or Mac is fairly simple.
Open iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC and click on the drop-down menu "Music" just below the player controls. You should see your library listed and you can access all the songs from here. If you can't see your library here, check that both devices are connected to the same network and try again.
One important thing to remember that your shared library will be visible to all users connected to the same network. If you wish request a password before connecting to the library, click " iTunes ">" Preferences ". Under the sharing tab, check the box" Request password "and enter a password and click "OK".
While you're at it, you can also choose to share the entire library or just individual playlists in a way selective.
Sign in to iTunes Content on Apple TV
Note : although we didn't have the chance to try this on an Apple TV, the process should be very simple and similar to what we did above.
If you have fourth generation Apple TV, go to Settings > Account > Sharing in the family .
If you have an Apple TV before Jan 4th, go to Settings > Computer . Select the " Enable sharing in family. "Enter the same Apple ID credentials that you use to set up iTunes on your Mac or Windows.
To access this shared library, go to Main menu > Computer > Choose a library and select the shared library.
ITunes home sharing limitations
Home sharing requires that all devices are connected to the same local network. It implies that not can be used to remotely access the iTunes library . If you're looking to access iTunes songs remotely, you may want to upload all your music to iCloud, or better yet, check out the $ 25 iTunes Match service.
In addition, you can only use it with a maximum of five computers : Computers here include any Mac, Windows, iPhone or iPad. This may sound like a lot of devices, but if you have multiple Apple devices in the family, you could easily hit the 5 device limit. In addition, it requires the sign in with the same Apple ID on all devices.
You should also make sure that your Mac or Windows source is open with iTunes always running.
Configure and use iTunes Home Sharing with ease
The ease of use and the absolute usefulness of sharing iTunes Home easily overcome its limits. Thanks to Home sharing, I can transmit my (very large) music library from my Mac to the iPhone, which otherwise would not have been possible due to insufficient storage of my iPhone. Perhaps, the best thing that works on Windows as well, as long as you have iTunes installed. If you've never set up iTunes Home Sharing before, you should try it now and let me know how it goes.