I'm sure many of you have that one friend who is always showing off their technology.  In the early 2000s they were the first to wear a bluetooth headset, before that they had you saying things like "whats an iPod."  Today they wow friends and family by streaming music and movies wirelessly all over their home, often from their iPhone.  

Today I'm going to show you that you too can do these things.  The tutorial above teaches you how to set up something called iTunes Home Sharing.  Home Sharing is a free service provided by Apple that allows you to connect and stream content between multiple devices in your home.  While the video is very informative I'll break down some basic terms and steps below to help get you up and running.

 

Home Sharing

What is Home Sharing?  Home Sharing is a service that is built into every Apple computer and iOS device.  To use Home Sharing all you need is an active Apple ID (the same one you use to purchase things like apps, movies and TV shows).  When you sign into Home Sharing on a device it immediately becomes connected to any other device you have a) signed in to and b) is on your local network (WiFi).  

Setup Home Sharing on a Mac

To setup Home Sharing on your Mac you'll first need to latest version of iTunes.  You can check for updates by following these steps:

Mac: Open iTunes > Select "iTunes" from the menu bar > click "Check for Updates"

Windows: Open iTunes > Select "Edit" from the menu bar > click "Check for Updates"

Once you've updated, click on "Home Sharing" in the left sidebar of the iTunes window; if you don't have a sidebar click "View > Show Sidebar" from the menu.  Log in with your Apple ID and you're done!

 

Home Sharing window from iTunes 11.1.13 and Mac OSX Mavericks

Home Sharing window from iTunes 11.1.13 and Mac OSX Mavericks

Setup Home Sharing on an iOS Device

To setup Home Sharing on an iOS device (in this example an iPad Air) first open the "Settings" application.  From the settings application select "Music" from the left sidebar.  Once in the music section log in with the same Apple ID and password you used on the Mac.  With that you've now connected your second device using iTunes Home Sharing.


Home Sharing window from an iPad Air running iOS 7

Home Sharing window from an iPad Air running iOS 7

Setup Home Sharing on Apple TV

If setting up the last two devices was easy for you this one should be a piece of cake.  From your Apple TV's main menu enter the "Settings" application.  From here select the option "Computers."  This is where you can enter your Apple ID and password, thereby connecting your Apple TV to Home Sharing.

The view from the "Settings" application on a 3rd generation Apple TV

The view from the "Settings" application on a 3rd generation Apple TV

What Now?

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Now that you've enabled Home Sharing on all of your devices, how do you actually use it?  To demonstrate, I'll once again use an iPad Air.  Before we can take advantage of Home Sharing on our iPad, we need to download an app.  The application you'll be looking for is called  "Remote" (when you search for "remote" in the app store it will be the first search result).  The Remote app was created by Apple to allow you to stream content from Home Sharing devices and control Apple TV's from your touchscreen.  Once you install the application, open it.

When the Remote app opens, you see some things on the screen that should look like this:

Home screen of the Remote application on an iPad Air

Home screen of the Remote application on an iPad Air

The first icon on the screen represents the Apple TV we connected.  The second icon represents the iTunes library from the Mac we connected earlier.  To play content from the iTunes Library, tap on it's icon.  If you would like to learn how to control your Apple TV using this application, see the video above.

Controlling the iTunes Library of an iMac using the Remote app on an iPad

Controlling the iTunes Library of an iMac using the Remote app on an iPad

Hopefully this has been a helpful guide to understanding iTunes Home Sharing and streaming with your Apple TV.  If you would like personalized training on this or any other subject, use the "Get In Touch" link at the top of this page.

-Gabriel

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