In this guide, we will learn how to transfer iTunes and the iTunes library from one computer to another, including the iTunes library files and the iTunes Media folder.
The transfer process covers all of the software packages associated with iTunes, as well as all of the files in the iTunes Media folder, such as Music, Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts, Audiobooks and so on.
There are two primary ways to copy iTunes to another computer – manual copy and automatic copy. We will cover both in this guide, although if you prefer to just skip to the easier, automatic option, you can click here for automatic transfer of iTunes from one computer to another.
The most important part about an iTunes transfer is the iTunes library. This is unfortunately also the more difficult part to do manually (although you can just use the automatic route described in the “Automatic Transfer” section below). Let’s see how to do that manually.
If you choose to go with a manual transfer, the first step is to consolidate your iTunes library and redownload any previous purchases such as music, movies, TV shows, etc. To consolidate your iTunes library, open up iTunes, and from the menu bar on the top of your computer screen or at the top of the iTunes window, Choose File > Library > Organize Library.
Select the option to consolidate files and click on OK.
Now, find the iTunes media folder, which by default should be in User > Music > iTunes > iTunes Media.
Copy that folder to an external USB drive, and move that drive to the new computer.
To restore your library on the new computer, copy the “iTunes Media” folder to your user profile’s Music folder on the new computer.
Now, install a fresh copy of iTunes. When prompted to choose an iTunes Library, click on “Choose Library”, and locate the folder that you have copied above.
Select the iTunes Library.itl file and proceed.
At this point, you should finally have a copy of your iTunes library on the new computer.
Doable? Yes. Easy? Not so much.
Luckily, this can be done much easier – see below:
The easiest way to transfer iTunes from one computer to another is to use a dedicated transfer tool – Zinstall WinWin.
It automatically transfers not just your iTunes installation, but also the iTunes library, your songs and shows, your content, settings, profiles and customizations, accounts, personalization, and all files from your old computer.
And it does not just copy files or profiles; apps get installed automatically on the new computer, and configured just like on the old one. You don’t need to install them yourself and you don’t need to configure them yourself.
It requires no technical knowledge to use, too. If you know how to download a file from the internet, you know how to use it – and can save a lot of time and avoid a lot of frustration when you transfer files to a new computer.
Once the transfer is done, iTunes is be all set on the new computer, with your library and profile already in place – just like on the old computer.
And not just iTunes – this transfers your other apps, profiles, settings and files as well.
The new computer will feel just like home.