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How to set up Home Sharing on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Michael Robert

With the release of iOS 4.3 Apple opened up the option to steam content from your iTunes library onto your iOS device. People who have use an Apple TV will know how this works.

When I heard about this I was extremely excited but couldn't get it to work. After much searching I found out how to steam content from my Mac to my iPhone and iPad. Steaming can also be done from a PC.

How to set up Home Sharing...

 

  1. Open iTunes on your Mac/PC
  2. Go to Preferences
  3. Select the Sharing option at the top
  4. Select "Share my  library on my local network"

 

You can select what content from iTunes you want to share or you can share all content. You can add a password by it is not required.

From your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch

 

  1. Open Settings
  2. Select the iPod option
  3. Under Home Sharing fill in your Apple ID and password

 

Home sharing will now allow you to listen to or watch contact from your itunes library on you iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch within your local wireless network.

To play content from your Mac/PC on your iPhone or iPod Touch...

 

  1. Open iPod Application
  2. Select "More" at the bottom left
  3. Select "Shared" from the options
  4. Then choose the library you wish to use and enjoy!

 

To play content from your Mac/PC on your iPad..

 

  1. Open iPod Application
  2. At the top left of the screen under the volume slider it says Library, Select it
  3. Choose the Library you wish and use and enjoy!

 

If you wish to view video's on the iPad (because there is a separate application)...

 

  1. Open Video Application
  2. At the top it has the following options - Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts, Shared.
  3. Select Shared
  4. Choose the Library you wish and use and enjoy!

 

If you wish to download iOS 4.3 for your iPhone 4, click here

If you wish to download iOS 4.3 for your iPad 1, click here

If you wish to download iOS 4.3 for your iPhone 3Gs, click here

 


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