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How to Use iOS 4.3 Home Sharing Feature on Your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad?

This is a simple guide which will allow you to setup and use iOS 4.3 Home Sharing feature on your iDevice. As a prerequisite, all you need is iTunes 10.2 or above and your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad running iOS 4.3. For those who don't know, iOS 4.3 come with a new Home Sharing feature which allows you to stream any media, stored in your desktop's iTunes library, to your iDevice wirelessly.

iTunes Home Sharing

iOS 4.3 Home Sharing Settings on iTunes:

  1. Download and install iTunes 10.2.1 for Windows or Mac from here
  2. Open iTunes 10.2.1 window and look for Home Sharing menu under SHARED category.
  3. iTunes Home Sharing Menu

  4. Enter your Apple ID and password followed by a click on Create Home Share button.
  5. Home Sharing Apple ID

  6. As soon as you will click on Create Home Share button, iTunes will confirm the Home Sharing connection. Click on Done button and you are good to go.
  7. Home Sharing (iTunes Confirmation)

  8. This is it. You have done all necessary Home Sharing settings on your iTunes. Proceed to the section below to do Home Sharing settings on your iDevice.

iOS 4.3 Home Sharing Settings on iDevice:

  1. Update your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad firmware to iOS 4.3. Get the stock iOS 4.3 IPSW for your iDevice from here. If you rely on an unlocked or jailbroken iDevice, upgrade to iOS 4.3 using Sn0wbreeze 2.3b1 or PwnageTool bundles.
  2. Navigate to Settings > iPod and enter your Apple ID and password under Home Sharing menu. If you don't see Home Sharing option under iPod settings, verify your Wifi connection as the Home Sharing option is only visible when you are connected to a Wifi network.
  3. Enter Apple ID

  4. Now open iPod app on your iDevice and click on More tab at the bottom. Tap on Shared option from the list displayed.
  5. iPod More Tab

  6. Now iPod app will show you the names of all shared iTunes libraries. Choose your library by tapping on its name.
  7. Home Sharing Library
    Tip: You can change your library name through iTunes preferences.

  8. Thats it. Now you can see all songs and videos which are stored on your desktop's iTunes library.
  9. Home Sharing Songs

Turn Off iOS 4.3 Home Sharing Feature:

If you want to turn off iTunes Home Sharing feature, open iTunes and choose "Turn Off Home Sharing (Your Apple ID)" option under Advance tab.
Turn Off Home Sharing Option

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