With the launch of iOS 8.4 earlier this summer, Apple removed support for Home Sharing, prompting the users to voice their dissatisfaction with the company’s decision. Eddy Cue then revealed that Home Sharing support would return with iOS 9, and sure enough, it did. The process for using it is similar to what it has always been, but let’s go through the steps…
When connected to the same Wi-Fi network and using the same Apple ID, Home Sharing allows you to view and play the iTunes Library that’s located on a computer or stored on an external hard drive, on other computers or iOS devices. For Home Sharing to work you also have to have iTunes open on the computer.
Let’s first make sure that Home Sharing is turned on the computer by opening up iTunes. In the menu bar click on File, scroll down until you see Home Sharing and choose “Turn on Home Sharing.”
Now, you must sign in with your Apple ID and password that you want to use for Home Sharing. After doing that, you need to enable Home Sharing on your iOS device. Open up Settings and scroll down until you see Music.
Then you are going to scroll all the way down to the bottom and press “Sign In” under Home Sharing. Enter in the same Apple ID and password that you used on the computer. Doing this automatically signs you in for Home Sharing for Videos.
Now let’s go to your iOS device and listen to Music that is found only on the computer and not the device. Open up Music and make sure My Music is selected highlighted in pink in the lower left hand corner.
Now you need to tap on “Artists” and bring up that drop-down menu. This is where you can change how the music is displayed on the screen, either by Artists, Albums, Songs, Music Videos, Genres, Composers, or Compilations. This is also where you will get the option for Home Sharing.
Tapping on Home Sharing will give you two different options: to continue viewing the music on your device, or to select the library that is stored on your computer.
Choosing the Library option will display the music that is stored on your computer, not on your phone. Here you are able to view it, play it on your device or over Bluetooth speakers and AirPlay speakers.
To switch back to the local library stored on the device, tap on the same pink button and tap on Home Sharing to go back.
With Home Sharing, it is also possible to watch Videos that are stored on your computer on your phone. To do this, first open up the Videos app.
Then press on Shared in the lower left hand corner.
To get back to the videos that are stored locally on the device, press on the Shared option in the lower right hand corner.
The return of Home Sharing with iOS 9 will likely please many people, especially those who were avid users of it before it was removed with iOS 8.4. You can read more about what’s new in iOS 9 here.