Use iPad as Remote for iTunes

13 Jul

ipad-remote-appDo you ever invite friends over for drinks or dinner? Do you sometimes enjoy a glass of wine with your partner while listening to your favourite romantic tunes? Are you one of those people who entertains with music playing in the background?

If you want to play music for you and your guests, you should start by connecting your Mac to your sound system at home. And then you can actually use your iPad as a remote control! It is easy to set it up.

The Remote App comes in handy allowing you to control your iTunes library on your Mac from your iPad. Remote is an App from Apple that runs on iOS 7 or later. It can be used on iPhone and iPod touch as well.



Remote also lets you control your Apple TV and iTunes Radio.

Downloading the Remote App

If you need to refresh how download iPad Apps, please follow this tutorial. To get started, search and install the Remote App on your iPad.

Prerequisites

Before you can use the Remote App you need to have a common Wi-Fi network between your Mac and your iPad. Basically, if your Mac and iPad are connected to the same wireless router at home to access the Internet, you should be okay.


You will also need an Apple ID and Home Sharing enabled on both your iPad and Mac.

Enabling Home Sharing on Mac

Open iTunes on your Mac. Go to File > Home Sharing > Turn on Home Sharing

You will see a screen similar to this one:

itunes-home-sharing-mac

Enter your Apple ID and Password and click on “Turn On Home Sharing”.

Enabling Home Sharing on iPad

On your iPad, open the Remote App. You will see a screen like this one:

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Tap on “Set up Home Sharing” and enter the same Apple ID and Password you used on your Mac, then tap on “Done”.


You will see a screen indicating that Home Sharing is on with a specific Apple ID/email address configured. Tap on OK on the top right corner of your screen.

Using Remote

Your setup is done. Both your Mac and iPad are now configured. On your iPad you will see the iTunes icon for the library found by the Remote App. Tap on the iTunes icon.

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This will display your Mac’s iTunes library.

remote-mac-itunes-library

From this screen you can control your Mac’s iTunes remotely. It allows you to browse Music, Movies, TV Shows, iTunes U, etc.

You can also browse your songs, albums, and artists as well as play, pause, skip, lower and raise the volume or perform a search. Go ahead, give it a try! Have some fun with it!!

If you liked this post, you may also like: How to download Music onto your iPad.

Thoughts? Questions?

Give the Remote App a try and let me know how it goes. As usual I welcome your questions and comments.

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