How to Set Up and Use Home Sharing in iTunes

Share music and more from iTunes libraries on the same network

iTunes Home Sharing

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If you have more than one computer and have a separate iTunes library on each computer, you can share songs between these libraries. There's a feature in iTunes called Home Sharing that enables music sharing between multiple computers in a single house that are connected to the same network. With Home Sharing turned on, you can listen to music (and watch TV shows and movies) in someone else's iTunes library, or on their iPhones and iPods. If you have an Apple TV, use Home Sharing to share photos with your Apple TV to enjoy on your TV screen.

Instructions in this article apply to iTunes 12, 11, 10, and 9.

Home Sharing Requirements

Here's what you'll need to use Home Sharing:

  • A Mac or PC running iTunes 9 or higher.
  • An iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  • An Apple TV 4K or 4th Generation.
  • Devices must be connected to the same network.
  • Devices must be signed in to the same Apple ID.
  • Devices must be awake, with iTunes open.

Enable iTunes Home Sharing on a Mac or PC

Follow these steps to enable Home Sharing on your computer:

  1. In iTunes, select File > Home Sharing > Turn On Home Sharing.

    Turn on Home Sharing menu in ITunes
  2. Log in with your Apple ID. Home Sharing is turned on. This makes your iTunes library available to another computer on the same Wi-Fi network.

  3. In the Home Sharing is now on dialog box, select OK.

    OK button in Home Sharing dialog
  4. Repeat these steps for other computers you want to make available via Home Sharing.

Enable Home Sharing on iOS Devices

To share music from your iOS devices using Home Sharing:

  1. Tap Settings.

  2. Tap Music.

  3. In the Home Sharing section, tap Sign In.

    Music, Sign In buttons in Home Sharing Settings on iOS
  4. Enter your Apple ID and tap Sign In.

Using Other iTunes Libraries With Home Sharing

To access computers and other devices available to you through Home Sharing:

  • iTunes 12: Open the menu in the upper-left corner of iTunes (the one with Music, TV, and Movies in it) to display the name of other computers available to you. To view that computer's music library, select it.
  • iTunes 11: Select View > Show Sidebar (in earlier versions of iTunes, the sidebar is shown at all times). Look for the Shared section in the left-hand tray in iTunes to find other iTunes libraries you can access.

When you select another computer's library, it loads in your main iTunes window. With the other library loaded, you can:

  • Browse the iTunes music library on the other computer.
  • Play songs or albums from the other computer.
  • Browse other media such as TV shows, movies, and audiobooks from the other computer and stream them.

Display Photos Through Apple TV With Home Sharing

Home Sharing is one way to display photos from your computer on your Apple TV or on a big TV screen.

To choose what photos are sent to your Apple TV:

  1. In iTunes, select File > Home Sharing > Choose Photos to Share with Apple TV.

    Choose Photos to Share with Apple TV menu item in iTunes
  2. In the Photo Sharing Preferences window, select the Share Photos from check box.

    Share Photos from checkbox in iTunes
  3. Select the Share Photos from dropdown arrow and choose the location where your photos are located.

  4. Choose to share either All folders or Selected folders.

  5. If you choose Selected folders, go to the Folders section and select the folders you want to share to your Apple TV.

    Selected folders radio button in iTunes settings
  6. Select Done.

  7. Launch the Photos app on your Apple TV.

How to Turn Off iTunes Home Sharing

If you no longer want to share your iTunes library with other devices, turn off Home Sharing. In iTunes, select File > Home Sharing > Turn Off Home Sharing.

Turn Off Home Sharing menu item in iTunes