As the name suggests, Home Sharing is a feature where you can share folders, contents, or files from one device to another. Let’s say you have a Mac laptop and it contains your favorite music videos, but you want to play it on your iPhone or iPad. With the Home Sharing, such requirement will be possible, as long as you have set up everything from the beginning – and you have WiFi connection.
iTunes allows you to share everything from your library to other devices – 5 different devices max. If you have Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, and Apple computers, you can arrange the setting so you can have flexibility and easiness from one device to another. The basic concept of Home Sharing is simple: simply turn it on (on each device, mind you) with the same Apple ID. If you have tweaked them all, all of your devices will appear on iTunes Shared area.
What’s the benefit, anyway? First of all, you can always enjoy the freedom of having direct access to different contents from different devices. And you don’t need to copy the stuffs to be able to see them – that will take time. Second, sharing enables faster access from the contents – not to mention that everything will be more efficient since you don’t have to copy or paste any contents.
If you have never tried this before, you can always have a go for it. Remember that you need your devices should have at least iOS 4.3, or the Home Sharing feature won’t work at all. Of course you need to have the main computer where you tweak everything from the beginning. Let’s say you will be using your Apple computer, before you can have home sharing iPhone.
Here are the steps to do so:
On your computer, open the iTunes library. Make sure that your iTunes is 10 version or higher. If you are using iTunes 10 to iTunes 10.7, go to Advanced, choose Turn on Home Sharing. If you are using iTunes 11 or higher, go to File, choose Home Sharing, and then choose Turn on Home Sharing.
If you are an iTunes user, you should have an Apple ID complete with the password. You will be required to fill in that information on the provided slots. After you are done, click on the option for Create Home Share. If you have more than one computer and you want them all to have Home Sharing feature, repeat the procedures above on each computer.
Now, if you want to enable Home Sharing for your iPhone, for example, you only need to go to Settings. Depending on the type of contents you want to share (video or music), choose Video or Music after Settings. On the bottom of your device, you will see spaces for Apple ID and password. Type in the same Apple ID and password. Make sure that they are the same with the ones you have done in the computer. Now, you can enjoy the direct access and the easiness in viewing the contents.
The same procedures can also be applied with Home Sharing iPad. If you want to share the contents from your device to the computer, simply choose Music and then click on More…, and then Shared. You can choose the files from the library.