Guide on How to Authorize or Deauthorize iTunes on Mac & PC

Updated by Dave Henry on Mar 13, 2020 10:18 AM.

As a full-fledged marketplace for almost all kinds of digital entertainment, including music, movies, TV shows, applications, and books, iTunes has already grown into one of the most popular online media stores in the world. In order to prevent unlicensed sharing in iTunes, Apple has added a licensing system with Digital Rights Management (DRM) requires users to authorize and play their purchased content on up to five computers at a time with their iTunes-linked Apple ID. In this case, for people who have multiple computers, it would be difficult in managing iTunes authorizations at the same time. Thankfully, there are some useful tricks and tips on authorizing and deauthorizing iTunes on Mac and PC that you can find from the following article.

1. How to Authorize Your Computer in iTunes

Before you authorize your Mac or PC, you should know that you're giving it permission to access your movies, TV shows, apps, books, music, and other content download from iTunes Store. Otherwise it won't allow you play the purchased media content properly if you don't authorize your computer with your iTunes account.

Step 1. Download the latest version of iTunes that's appropriate for your computer.

Step 2. Open iTunes. Click the Store menu, and then select Authorize This Computer.

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Step 3. Full in the prompt windows with your Apple ID and password and click Authorize.

Note: If iTunes asks you to authorize your computer again next time, it won't use a new authorization but the same authorization for the same computer.

2. How to Deauthorize Your Computer in iTunes

Part 1. Deauthorize iTunes on One Computer

You must deauthorize one of your computers when you ran out of the five iTunes authorizations in order to authorize iTunes on another computer. And in most other cases, you may also need to deauthorize your Mac or PC before you sell it, give it away, send it in for service, or make major hardware upgrades in order to prevent others from accessing your purchased iTunes content. Here's how to get it done on the computer you want to deauthorize iTunes from.

Step 1. Open iTunes. Click Store menu, and then select Deauthorize This Computer.

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Step 2. Enter your Apple ID and password in the prompt window.

Step 3. Click Deauthorize to deauthorize the computer.

Part 2. Deauthorize iTunes on All Computers

There may also be a time when you hit those 5 authorization limit but the old computers are dead or sold before you deauthorize it. Don't worry. In this situation, you're not stuck with one of your authorizations being used on a non-functional computer. Your iTunes account provides a way to deauthorize iTunes on all computers.

Step 1. Open iTunes and click Sign In to enter your Apple ID and password as required.

Step 2. Click your name and select Account Info from the menu.

Step 3. Enter your password again.

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Step 4. In the Account Information section, click the Deauthorize All button.

3. How to Know How Many Computers You've Authorized

Sometimes you may wonder how many computers you've already authorized. The following steps will lead you to the answer.

Step 1. Open iTunes and click Sign In. Then enter your Apple ID and password.

Step 2. Click your name and select Account Info from the drop-down menu.

Step 3. Enter your password again. In the Apple ID Summary section of the Account Information screen, you'll see the number of computers that you've authorized with your Apple ID.

More Tips: Transfer iTunes Movie Purchases to Another Apple ID

Since one single Apple ID is permitted to be tied with 5 computers only, many iTunes users would have created several Apple IDs for different purchasing purposes. However, the problem is that Apple doesn't support merging iTunes accounts with others. What if we don't need so many accounts someday? What to do with those purchased content in different iTunes accounts then?

Don't worry. It would be easily resolved if you turned to ViWizard DRM M4V Converter for Windows/Mac, an ultimate solution to help you bypass DRM lock from iTunes purchased and rented movies and TV shows for good. For the complete guide on how to transfer DRM iTunes movies to another Apple ID, you can visit the source page as below.


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