Are you an Apple fun brand lover who has one iTunes library that you would want to share among your different range of devices? This piece will show you just how to manage multiple devices with one iTunes library, without much of a hassle.
There are two ways in which you can manage multiple devices with iTunes library:
The Eesy Way to Manage Multiple Devices with One iTunes Library - Just Several Clicks
The easiest way of controlling multiple devices with one iTunes library is through the use of iMyFone TunesMate iPhone Transfer. This third-party application has been developed for a free 2-way transfer and management of iTunes libraries between PC/iTunes sync and iDevices, thus enabling you to enjoy your music and videos anytime and anywhere with any device you wish.
- Freely transfer media files (music, photos, videos etc.) between iTunes and iDevices, or between Computer and iDevices
- Ability to transfer iTunes libraries to iPhone without password
- Supports transfer of free and purchased content without any limitations and restrictions
- Can transfer data and media content from unlimited number of iDevices to unlimited number of iTunes libraries and vice versa surpassing any apple limitations
- One can preview and selectively sync media files between iTunes and iDevices
- Received lots of positive media reviews and is full compatible with iOS 11.
TunesMate Using Steps to Manage Multiple iPhones on One iTunes Account
Step 1. Transfer multiple iTunes Libraries to iPhone via “Transfer iTunes Media to iDevice."
a. Download, install and launch TunesMate on your Mac.
b. Connect Your iPhone/iPad/iPod to your Mac using a USB cable
c. From TunesMate Home interface click "Transfer iTunes Media to iDevice."
d. TunesMate then scans all the media files and content on your iTunes library and presents it in a list.
e. Check the media you want to transfer and then Click "Transfer" button to begin the transfer process and "OK" button to finish it.
f. Repeat the process if you have several libraries on different PCs/Macs.
Step 2. Sync the transferred media from iPhone to iTunes
a. From TunesMate Home interface click "Transfer iDevice Media to iTunes."
b. A window will pop app, click the “Start” button on it.
c. TunesMate scans all the media on your iPhone that’s not on your iTunes library and show it in a list.
d. Click on the "Start" button to begin the transfer process and on "Complete" button from the pop-up window to finish it the process. Once done you will have synced your iPhone with iTunes.
The Complex Way to Manage Multiple Devices with One iTunes Library on Mac
This becomes handy when you share your pc or mac with your family, and every person has different content and libraries on their devices that they would want to sync separately to a set of devices. This becomes possible through a set of advanced setups which include;
1Creating a user account for each person
The option of establishing a user account for each person enables independence and creation one's profile to customize as he or she wishes. This enables a separate iTunes app for each user which he or she can use to sync their devices separately which becomes handy if some iPads or iPhones have parental control restrictions.
1. How to create a new user account on your mac
i. Click on Apple menu > System Preferences > Users & Groups.
ii. On the lower left corner of the Users & Groups window click on the lock and enter your administrator username and password.
iii. Click Unlock and then the Add (+) button under the current users' list.
iv. From the drop-down select an account type.
v. Enter the full name of the user and an account name. Then enter a password and verify it and after create a password hint.
vi. After entering everything click on Create User. Then repeat the process for any other user account.
2. How to switch between user accounts on your mac
i. Click on the Apple menu> Log Out.
ii. After logging out then select the user account you want to switch to and login.
2 Creating a separate iTunes library on pc or mac
This option becomes handy when no one’s iPhone in the family have parental control restrictions. It allows syncing of content of particular libraries without mixing it with others.
1. How to create a separate iTunes library
i. Close iTunes and ensure it's not running in the background.
ii. Then launch it and ensure you are holding the option key at the same time.
iii. When a window appears then select Create Library.
iv. Under the save as option key in the name of the new library and then click save.
v. To avoid duplication of files, click on iTunes >Preferences> Advanced and untick Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library.
vi. When done the connect the device associated with the created library your Mac to sync it.
vii. Repeat the process for any other device you want to create a library for.
How to switch between iTunes libraries on your Mac
i. Close iTunes and ensure it's not running in the background and then launch it and ensure you are holding the option key at the same time.
ii. When a window appears to click Choose Library and then Select the iTunes library associated with the iPhone you want to sync.
iii. Click open and then connect the iPod or iPhone.
3 limits of iTunes Account Authorization
iTunes accounts have authorization limits of up to five computers or of five instances of iTunes at any given time meaning that only five Macs or PCs can be used in playing iTunes protected content using a given iTunes account. Once the limit is hit, you can only add another device if you deauthorize another one using Apples given instructions. However, to the users’ advantage, there is no limit to the number of iOS devices such as iPads, iPods, iPhones, or even Apple TVs for a single iTunes account.