How to Use iTunes Home Sharing

By Paul Betters

iTunes Home Sharing allows you to share, play and transfer content between computers on your local network. It's a useful way to access your music, movies, TV shows and other iTunes media files from different computers in your home. Once you set up iTunes Home Sharing on each computer on your home network, accessing files on other computers is quick and convenient.

Set Up Home Sharing

Step 1

Open iTunes. Click the "Home Sharing" icon, which is shaped like a house with a musical note inside it, and is on the left-hand side of the iTunes window.

Step 2

Enter your iTunes account name and password when prompted. If you do not already have an iTunes account, click the "Need an iTunes Account?" link to create one.

Step 3

Click the "Create Home Share" button in the bottom-right corner of the window. Repeat the steps to enable Home Sharing on every computer you want to use, signing in with the same iTunes account on every computer.

Use Home Sharing

Step 1

Click the "Home Sharing" icon, which is shaped like a house with a musical note inside it, to display the contents of the Home Sharing network that you are connected to.

Step 2

Browse the available files on the Home Sharing network. iTunes categorizes the files by into "Music," "Movies," "Podcasts" and so on.

Step 3

Double-click a shared file to begin streaming the file to the computer.

Step 4

Drag a shared file from the Home Sharing network into the iTunes Library to transfer the actual file to your computer.

Step 5

Open the "Advanced" menu and click "Turn Off Home Sharing" to disable Home Sharing once you are finished.