How To Change iTunes Sync Media Location

I have a 250GB SSD and have partitioned it into 2 drives. However, I have to run regular cleanup of files and folder to make space. One of the biggest space constraints I face is in the primary drive where Windows is installed.

The reason is that I have a lot of apps and music on my and iTunes also takes up more than 35GB space. This has become a constant headache which I have been trying to solved. I did that by moving the iTunes Media folder location to another drive on an external device and now have lesser space constraints.

Well, moving your iTunes files and changing the sync location is definitely possible and in-fact very easy. All you have to do is to copy over the files from your iTunes folder and change the location in iTunes. I will show you how exactly it is done below.

Step 1: Locate Your iTunes Media Folder on your Computer. To do that open iTunes and then click on "Edit -> Preferences"

Copy iTunes Sync Media Location

Step 2: In the preference Window, click on the Advanced tab and copy the media folder location as shown in the above screenshot. Do not close the Preference window yet as we will require it for a future step.

Step 3: Open a explorer window and paste the location you copied in step 2 in the address bar. This will open the folder where iTunes stores the media files.

Step 4: If you want to clear up space, just cut the entire folder and move it to another drive or an external drive. Make sure to note the location of the folder in the other drive because we will need it in step 5.

Step 5: Now go back to the iTunes Advanced tab you opened in step 2 and click on the "Change" button and point it to the new location you copied or moved the files in Step 4.

That’s it. iTunes will now sync your music, movies, books and more to your new location. If you are using an external drive, just make sure that you attach it before you sync your device with iTunes.

Moving the backup location for iTunes is a little bit more difficult and I will be covering it in the next article. For Mac users, the steps should be similar and easy to perform as well. Just use the Finder instead of Explorer to move your iTunes media files over.

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