Stream iTunes Library to iOS 4.3 Device through Home Sharing

Using Apple Home Sharing with iPhone, iTouch, and iPad

Home Sharing was first introduced to the iTunes community in version 9, and since then it has become a key part to many different Apple products, allowing seamless streaming of content between devices on the same network without needing to sync.

The newest devices to join the collection of Home Sharing ready devices are the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. With the release of iOS 4.3, all these devices are now able to stream content without needing to sync and bog down their smaller memory capacities. The process of enabling a device to utilize Home Sharing can be a little confusing, so here is how to get it running on your device with ease:


1. Enable Home Sharing on your PC or Mac iTunes:

In order to set up home sharing, go to the Advanced tab in the iTunes select menu and click on “Turn On Home Sharing.” You will then be prompted to enter your Apple ID and Password. Click “Create Home Share” and then “Done.”


iTunes Home Sharring(43204)


2. Enable Home Sharing on your iOS 4.3 device:

Launch Settings on your device. Scroll through the Settings panel and select the iPod icon. There is a “Home Sharing” section in this new window. Here you enter the same Apple ID and Password as you used when enabling iTunes.


iPod Settings screen


3. Start iPod app:  Now that Home Sharing is enabled on both iTunes and the iOS 4.3, it is time to take it for a test spin. 

  • Launch the iPod application and tap on the “More” tab. 
  • There will be a new option titled “Shared.” Tap on this icon.
  • A new screen will appear with a list of the libraries connected through Home Sharing. Select the library you wish to link with (it may take a few seconds to load the library).


iPod Share Screen(43206)


The new screen will look and function like the normal iPod app home screen, but it will be full of the audio, video, podcasts, and other files from the newly connected library.  Simply scroll through the library and select the file you wish to enjoy.


4. Switch back to normal library:  In order to switch back to the devices original library, follow the first two steps of number 3. When the shared libraries screen appears, click on the library titled “My iPhone.” Now you have your basic iPod library reinstated.


And there it is: Home Sharing with iOS 4.3. This technique allows for easy streaming of files without having to sync the device or use large amounts of memory. There are a few things that can cause slight hang-ups if they are not accounted for:  

1. The multiple libraries must be connected on the same network in order to stream the files.

2. The multiple libraries must be signed in with the same Apple ID, or else thee libraries will not  appear in the “Shared” folder.

If you have any difficulties that are not discussed in this article, then please comment and I will reply with my best solution as soon as possible. Also comment with any tips or tricks to improve functionality or ease of use with this new feature. Enjoy!