iTunes 12: Copy Music Files Between Computers With Home Sharing

Easily copy the music from your Apple iTunes music library between computers by enabling the Home Sharing feature using this tutorial.

Note: This tutorial is geared toward iTunes version 12.

>> Perform these steps on all computers you wish to share music with. <<

  1. Enable the Menu Bar.
  2. Select “File” > “Home Sharing” > “Turn On Home Sharing“.
    iTunes Home Sharing setting
  3. If prompted for a username and password, enter your Apple Store credentials.
  4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 for any other computers you wish to share music between. Ensure all computers are connected to the same network.
  5. Click “Edit” > “Preferences“.
  6. Select the “Sharing” tab.
  7. Check “Share my library on my local network to share your entire library“. Optionally, you could select “Share selected playlists“, then check individual playlists if you wish to limit sharing. You can also require a password for access to the library allow play counts to be updated through sharing usage.
    iTunes Sharing Tab
  8. You will have a home icon located in the upper-left corner of the iTunes window you can use to view music from other computers on the home network. You can then copy any music from a shared library by dragging it left. A sidebar will appear as you drag.
    iTunes Home Sharing icon


  1. hansi says

    mayby dumb, but took a while for me to figure it out. you can see play the other itune, but not copy, drag etc.

  2. Mike says

    SOLVED: I was seeing the same issue as some other users. While in the shared library, I could not drag items to the left of the screen and drop them in my local library. I have found the solutions (at least for me). If you don’t have Home Sharing turned on (under the File menu in iTunes) or if you’re not using the same Apple ID for file sharing on both systems, it doesn’t work. You will be able to see a stream from other Shared iTunes libraries if Home Sharing isn’t set up right, but the ability to drag and drop the files will be disabled. As soon as I fixed that, I was able to copy files as described.

    Hope that helps.

  3. says

    I’m able to do it fine on a Mac and Windows. Not sure what you’re doing. The only thing I can think of is that you haven’t actually started to drag an item to make the left pane appear.

  4. Jay D says

    Your information seems incorrect, at least on a mac. When you choose the home sharing library of another computer, your own playlists and library is no longer available to drag to. You can only drag music from your own library into your playlists and such.

    Also, you post incorrectly that Ctrl B will bring back the classic menu in iTunes. On a mac it does not.

  5. Paul says

    @David, could you show this last step in more detail. Where do you drag the music from the remote computer to? Dragging it to the left puts it onto the desktop in itunes 12

  6. David Michael says

    Did you try to follow your instructions? With iTunes 12, you can no longer drag and drop music between computers. If you select the other library, you only see the other computer’s library, with no way to drag it.

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