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Turning on Home Sharing for iPod, iPhone, and iPad


Apple’s cloud-based music service might be just around the corner, but in the meantime, you can have complete access to your iTunes library on any iOS 4.3 device via your home’s Wi-Fi network by setting up Home Sharing. In the iTunes Preferences window, make sure you have Sharing turned on, then go to the Advanced menu and turn on Home Sharing. Once that’s done, go to your iOS device’s Settings app, tap on iPod, and scroll down to the Home Sharing section, then enter the same Apple ID and password that you used to setup Home Sharing on iTunes. From then on, whenever you access the iPod app while connected to your home network, you’ll see an option for Shared under the More tab. Select your library, and you’ll have full access to every song, album, and playlist you’ve got, turning every iPod/iPhone/iPad speaker in the house into a mini music server. Note that if you have a second-generation Apple TV, you can likely skip the iTunes steps and go straight to your portable device.


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Note: This does not work for the Verizon iPhone4.

Posted by rob on May 26, 2011 at 7:01 AM (CDT)



That’s because you need iOS 4.3.x to use this. You and I are stuck back at 4.2.x :)

Posted by Clint on May 26, 2011 at 12:03 PM (CDT)


#s 1 & 2,

It’s worth noting that I added the iOS 4.3 reference after reading #1s comment. Obviously, older devices that aren’t supported by that version of the OS would also be excluded, such as the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, and first- and second-generation iPod touch.

Posted by Charles Starrett on May 26, 2011 at 1:04 PM (CDT)


Thank you for the useful tip.

Posted by Audrey McGirt on May 26, 2011 at 1:17 PM (CDT)


Yes, excellent tip. I love using Home Sharing on my iPad!

Posted by Clint on May 26, 2011 at 1:33 PM (CDT)


Thanks for the tip.  I planned on trying to set up home sharing over the holiday weekend, so this tip arrives right on time!

Posted by Singlestick on May 26, 2011 at 4:08 PM (CDT)


If you notice your phone getting “stuck” on the circle indicator after you select your shared account, go to “Settings” | “Music” and sign out of your Apple ID account. Sign back in and try again.

Posted by DSM on July 29, 2013 at 6:36 AM (CDT)

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