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How to Transfer iTunes Library to New Computer

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Aaron Donald

June 6, 2017 (Updated: June 22, 2020)• Filed to: iTunes Issues

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iTunes library contains your loved music, movies, TV shows, playlists, etc. Moving your iTunes library is an important step when you’re setting everything up on your new computer. But how do you move iTunes library to a new computer? It is not always easy for every user to help users move the entire iTunes library to with ease.

Use iPhone to Move iTunes Library to New Computer

The easiest and most practical way to transfer iTunes library to new computer is using a professional transfer tool for iTunes - iMyFone TunesMate. This transfer tool attempts to move music, movies, TV shows, playlists, podcasts, etc. in your iTunes library with an iPhone/iPad/iPod as the temporary storage. All the media files on your iTunes library can be moved to the new computer.


  • The entire iTunes library can be removed to new computer without any data loss.
  • When moving iTunes library to new computer, the iTunes library on old computer won’t be affected.
  • Win thousands of loyal users every year and receive lots of positive reviews

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How to transfer iTunes library to new computer?

iMyFone TunesMate offers you the free trial to experience its full features. Just follow below to have a shot.

Step 1: Download iMyFone TunesMate. Install it on your old computer. Plug your iPhone into your old PC / Mac, then open TunesMate.
Step 2: Click on “Transfer iTunes Media to iDevice”. The entire library of your iTunes will be checked there. Hit “Transfer” to continue.

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This will transfer your iTunes library to iPhone from your old computer, then you need to transfer from your iPhone to your new computer:

Step 3: Install iTunes and TunesMate on your new computer if you haven’t already.

Step 4: Plug your iOS device into your new computer and launch TunesMate on your new computer.

Step 5: Click on “Transfer iDevice Media to iTunes.” All the media categories on your iPhone will be checked there. You can uncheck some. Hit “Start” to begin.

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Now you have successfully copied iTunes library to new computer. You can open the iTunes on new computer to check.

TunesMate has other great features. For example, you can transfer just about any kind of file you want to and from your iOS devices. You can transfer files that were both purchased and unpurchased, and it also allows you to manage your device files by deleting superfluous files and previewing before you transfer.

Tips to Move iTunes Library to New Computer

01 Using an External Drive

Using an external drive to transfer iTunes library to new computer is another way that can be considered, though it’s not recommended.

Step 1: Close iTunes on your old computer.
Step 2: Connect an external drive, like a USB stick, into the old computer.
Step 3: Look for the folder where your library backup is.

  • Mac: Go to “Finder” and then “Go > Home” from the menu bar. Double click on “Music” folder.
  • Windows: Go to “\Users\username\My Music\iTunes”.

Step 4: Copy and paste this iTunes folder to the external drive.
Step 5: After that, connect the external drive to your new computer and open it.
Step 6: Simply drag the iTunes folder from external drive to the Music folder (Mac) or “My Music” folder (Win) on new computer. to your new My Music folder. (Make sure that you’ve installed the latest version of iTunes first, though.)

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Step 7: Open iTunes. iTunes will ask you to pick your library, so hit “Choose Library” on the dialog box.
Step 8: Look for the library that you just added by browsing for it.

There are a few limitations to this method, though:

  • Existing iTunes data on the new computer will be lost.
  • If some contents on your iTunes library are not in the same iTunes folder, you will lose media files or settings on your new computer.
  • The backup of iPhone/iPad/iPod was not included.

02 Using Home Sharing

Finally, home sharing is another way to move iTunes library to new computer, though it has more restrictions.


  • You two computers should be in the same home network (wired or wireless).
  • Your iTunes on two computers should be signed in the same iTunes account.
  • This only allows the new computer to access the iTunes library on your old computer, so you need to keep the old computer open and its iTunes running. Or you cannot assess the old library on new computer.
  • Make sure that both old and new computers have the latest version of iTunes.

Step 1: Launch iTunes on your old computer, and then go to File, then Home Sharing and then “Turn on Home Sharing.”
Step 2: It will ask for your Apple ID and password. Put it in, then click “Create Home Share."

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Step 3: On your new computer, hit “Account > Authorizations > Authorize This Computer” and enter the same Apple ID and password.
Step 4: Select the “Home Sharing” in the left sidebar. You will see all of your iTunes library from your old computer.
Step 5: Select contents that you want to move and click the “Import” button. Or you can click on “Edit > Select All” and click “Import” button. Then the contents will be moved to new computer.

However, sometimes it will be unable to turn on home sharing, or iTunes home sharing not working for random reasons.

Final Thought

Using iMyFone TunesMate may be the best way to move iTunes library to new computer, compared to using external drive and home sharing. It doesn’t have restrictions to make it.

  • Your old and new computers can be in different network.
  • You can have different Apple ID on your old and new computers.
  • You won’t lose any data in iTunes library of old computer.
  • You can select to move the entire iTunes library or part of it to new computer.

iMyFone TunesMate offers a free trial, you can download and figure it out.Of course, apart from transferring iTunes library to new computer, you have more options to manage/transfer iPhone/iTunes media library.

  • Transfers music, videos, and photos, as well as almost any kind of file to iPhone.
  • Enrich iTunes library from different iPhones/iPads/iPods.
  • Automatically converts files to iOS format when transferring to iOS device.
  • An iPhone can be synced to different computers without erasing.
  • You can easily manage your iPhone media in bulk, like adding new contents, deleting unwanted music/videos/photos, backing up data and restoring backup, etc.

If you want more control over your device, definitely use TunesMate.

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