Sync iPhone from multiple machines, SAME LIBRARY

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jcmeyer5, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. jcmeyer5 macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2008
    I think I know the answer, but I figure I will ask anyway.

    I have 3 computers at my house. I would like to be able to hook my iOS devices up to any one of them and sync with the same library. I know there is Home Sharing, but I dont believe that applies to syncing content with devices. I tried putting the library on a network drive and pointing iTunes on each machine at it, but while it was able to see and use the library, it gave me the "not synced with this computer" message when trying a different machine, even through it is pointed at the same library.

    So... any ideas? I am guessing that the answer to what I want to do is "no," but it was worth asking.

    EDIT: I would settle for being able to RDP into one machine from another and syncing that way... I just dont want to have to be at the one machine every time I go to sync.
  2. iceterminal macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2008
    Dallas Tx.
    Your library will have to be on a shared drive, one that all computers can get to. Then map that drive on the other systems you want to access the library from. Look up simple file sharing on google.

    On the other windows PCs you hold down shift and double click iTunes to start it up. Once itunes starts, let go of the shift key.
    iTunes will then ask you what library you wish to open. Just point it to the system that has the library.

    So now all 3 will access the same library. If you add something from one PC, it should be there also if you look at the library from a different PC.
  3. barkingDog macrumors regular


    Nov 10, 2010
    Thank you. :D

    Yes, I've probably been too lazy to seek and figure this out by RTFM -- but this answers many issues/questions I had, too.

    Appreciate it.
  4. jcmeyer5 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2008
    So this will eliminate the "synced with a different library" error? I'll definitely have to try this tonight.
  5. Eric8199 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2009
  6. barkingDog macrumors regular


    Nov 10, 2010

    Worked for me, whereas before -- I was getting that same "error" (though technically not an error, I know) you posted.

    Still, it pissed me to all heck and back.

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