How to Reset iTunes Library on Mac and Windows PC

If you are fed up with frequent problems in your iTunes, you can reset your library. Just follow simple method for your Mac and Windows computer.

Whenever something goes wrong in iPhone and iPad, users normally reset their devices as a final resort. After going through rigmarole of different complex processes, a dejected iPhone user would certainly go for factory reset. But what if the user faces issues in his/her iTunes?

We have done much research in iTunes on different issues faced by users, but resetting iTunes library is something new we have been asked recently by many Apple fans.

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How to Reset iTunes Library

A user has raised a question: How do I reset iTunes to look at a library of music as if it was new for the first time? There are many users, who want to do this for uncountable reasons; some want to change their Apple ID, others just want to start afresh.

How to Reset iTunes Library on Mac or Windows PC

Step #1. First off, shut down iTunes on your Mac or Windows Computer.

If you are using Mac OS X, launch Finder on Mac.

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Step #2. Click on Go → Now click on Home.

Click on Go Then Home in Finder on Mac

Step #3. Browse Music folder.

Browse Music Folder in Finder on MacStep #4. Click on iTunes.

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Browse ITunes Folder in Finder on Mac

Alternatively, you can click on Music in Sidebar in Finder and then click on iTunes.

Click on Music Then iTunes in Sidebar on Mac

You can see two files: iTunes Library.itl and iTunes Music Library.xml

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Step #5. Delete both the files from the iTunes folder.

Reset iTunes Library on Mac

Once this is done, open iTunes on your Mac and create your own music library.

If you are using Windows PC, follow the steps mentioned below:

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Step #1. Launch Windows Explorer → Click on Music folder → Now click on iTunes folder.

Locate iTunes Folder in Windows PC

Just like Mac, you can see two files: iTunes Library.itl and iTunes Music Library.xml

Step #2. Delete both files from iTunes folder.

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Reset iTunes Library on Windows

Now you can create your own music library on iTunes.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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