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Using Multiple iTunes Libraries on One Computer

2013-05-13 14:50:21 / Posted by to How to iPhone
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Chances are that you need to use your single computer to connect with multiple iPod, iPad, or iPhone, then, the problem is you may be annoyed by mistakenly syncing iPhone's apps to the iPad or other Apple devices, which will occupy its not-so-abundant memory unexpectedly. Having multiple libraries makes sense in this situation. By creating separate libraries for each device, you can save and sync files in your wanted library without affecting other iTunes libraries.

How to use multiple iPhone, iPad, or iPod devices with one computer

The simplest way to create a separate library in iTunes would be to:
1. Mac users: Hold down "Option" when opening iTunes.
Windows users: Hold down "Shift" when opening iTunes.
2. Click the "Create Library" button in the dialogue that appears.

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3. Name and locate the new iTunes library you're creating. Then, iTunes will open with your brand new library file.

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4. To set preferences for the new library: Choose iTunes > Preferences (Mac) or Edit > Preferences (Windows).

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5. Click "Advanced" option in the preferences
6. It is suggested to deselect the "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library" option so you won't create duplicates of your existing media files in the new library folder.

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7. Add the specific media files of your iPhone or iPad to iTunes. You can either drag them into iTunes or choose File > Add to Library (Mac) or File > Add File to Library or Add Folder to Library (Windows).
8. Once you have the new iTunes library set as what you want it to be, you can connect and sync your devices now.
9. Once the sync is completed, quit iTunes.
10. In the same way as mentioned in step 1, press and hold "Option" (Mac users) or "Shift" (windows users), open iTunes and click on "Choose Library", then you can open a saved library file.

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11. You can choose your original iTunes Library or your newly launched. Now you can switch back and forth between the different libraries for different devices.

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