How to Authorize Computer With iTunes

If you buy music, books, movies, or any other digital content from iTunes Store in your iPhone, you can still enjoy those contents from other desktop PC or Mac. However, the number of devices where you can download and use those contents are limited only to five.
SmartphoneWhile it may feel unpleasant to know that what we have purchased can only be played in limited number of device, five devices are actually enough for individual user. Especially, because the devices that have this limitation are only PC and Mac. Meanwhile, your iOS devices such as iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, don’t have the same limitation. So, even if you have 10 iPhone, you can still access the content from iTunes from all of them.

What is Authorization and Why do I Have to Authorize Computer with iTunes?
Authorization is giving permission for your PC or Mac to access contents you have bought from iTunes Store.

You have to authorize computer with iTunes, otherwise, you can’t play the contents you have bought from iTunes store in that device. When you authorize a computer, from that device, you can log in with your Apple ID, download the contents you’ve bought before from your iPhone, and then the contents will open and play in your computer.

How to Authorize Computer with iTunes: It’s really simple and it only needs several clicks to authorize computer with iTunes. However, before you authorize your computer, there are several things make sure:

  1. Make sure that you haven’t used all five authorization limit
  2. Make sure you’ve downloaded the latest version of iTunes

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After preparation is completed, now you are ready to authorize computer with iTunes. Here’s the step by step:

  1. Open iTunes in the PC or Mac you want to authorize
  2. If you are not signed in, sign in. Enter your Apple ID and password
  3. Find the menu bar on top of the screen. If you can’t see the bar, press CTRL + B to make it visible
  4. Click “Account”, then click ”Authorize This Computer”
  5. You will be asked to enter your Apple ID and password
  6. Press enter or click “Authorize” button

And, that’s it. You’ve authorized your computer with iTunes. Now you can use all the contents you’ve purchased with your Apple ID in that computer.

What If I Forgot How Many Computer I Have Authorized Before?
Don’t worry. You can check how many computer you have authorized before in iTunes. The procedure is as simple as how you authorize computer with iTunes. Here’s the step by step instruction:

  1. Open iTunes
  2. If you are not signed in, sign in. Enter you Apple ID and password
  3. Find the menu bar on top of the screen. If you can’t see the bar, press CTRL + B to make it visible
  4. Click “Account”, then click ”View My Account”
  5. You will be asked to enter your Apple ID and password
  6. Scroll down and you will see Apple ID Summary section. In the bottom of the section, you will see info about Computer Authorization. The number of authorization you have previously used will be displayed there.

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It is possible for the number of authorization information to show greater number than five. This happens if you have sold or given your computer away before deauthorizing it. To fix this, you will have to deauthorize all the computer, and then start re-authorize the ones you still use.

How To Deauthorize a Computer From iTunes: If authorizing means you are giving your computer permission to access contents you bought with your Apple ID, then deauthorizing means you are taking away that permission. Deauthorizing doesn’t delete the contents you’ve downloaded to the computer, but it will protect it so you can’t access or play the contents.

According to Apple, you should deauthorize your computer if you sell it, give it away, send it for a service, or make major upgrade. You can use the newly opened space to authorize other computers. Later, after you get your computer back, you can re-authorized it.

Here is Step by Step Instruction to Deauthorize a Single Computer:

  1. Open iTunes in the PC or Mac you want to authorize
  2. If you are not signed in, sign in. Enter your Apple ID and password
  3. Find the menu bar on top of the screen. If you can’t see the bar, press CTRL + B to make it visible
  4. Click “Account”, then click ”Deauthorize This Computer”
  5. You will be asked to enter your Apple ID and password
  6. Press enter or click “Deauthorize” button

In some cases, your computer may get broken before you can deauthorize it. If you can no longer get a hold of your old computer to deauthorize it, then you will have deauthorize all computers. Later, you can re-authorize the ones you still use.

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Here’s the Step by Step Instruction to Deauthorize All Computers:

  1. Open iTunes
  2. If you are not signed in, sign in. Enter you Apple ID and password
  3. Find the menu bar on top of the screen. If you can’t see the bar, press CTRL + B to make it visible
  4. Click “Account”, then click ”View My Account”
  5. You will be asked to enter your Apple ID and password
  6. Scroll down and you will see Apple ID Summary section. In the bottom right part, you will see “Deauthorize All” button. Click the button.

Take note that this option is only available after you authorize two or more computer.

How to Re-authorize a Computer: Basically, it’s the same as the procedure to authorize computer with iTunes. You just have to repeat the step by step instruction above.

So, that was it, instruction to authorize computer with iTunes, along with instruction to deauthorize and re-authorize it. Have a great time enjoying your iTunes contents from your computer.

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