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How to enable Home Sharing on an iPad

Stream music from your PC to your iOS device

Home Sharing is a feature in Apple's iTunes that allows PC users to share their digital music and video libraries with up to five other computers located in the same household.

However, if you connect an iOS device, whether it's an Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, along with Apple TV (2nd generation) to your home Wi-Fi network, it's also possible to stream your iTunes library through these devices too. Although, bear in mind you will need iOS 4.3 or later to be able to enjoy Home Sharing. Here's how to set-up and access Home Sharing on your Apple iPad.

Step one
To begin with you'll need to have enable Home Sharing on your iTunes library on your Home PC. You'll need iTunes 10.2 or above to stream to an iOS device. From the Advanced menu select Turn on Home Sharing. You'll be required to enter your Apple ID that you use for the iTunes store and your password. Now press Create Home Share. It's worth noting, you'll need to use the same Apple ID on any iOS device you want to stream content to. Repeat these steps on any other PCs on your home network you want to stream content to.

Step two
Now select Settings on your Apple iPad and open the iPod menu. Under the section marked Home Sharing enter the same Apple ID and password you entered on your home PC then press Ok. Make sure your iPad is connected to your home Wi-Fi network.

Step three
To stream music on the iPod option from the Home Screen and then from the Library select your Home PC from under the shared section. You can now access music from your PC's iTunes library.

Step four
To stream videos from your Home PC, open the Videos app and then select the Shared option and select a shared library from the list.

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