iTunes allows you to authorize up to 5 computers per account, so it makes good sense to deauthorize a computer on iTunes, in case you are trying to get rid of it. This will free up the iTunes slot for another computer that you may want to authorize.
Why Deauthorize a Computer on iTunes
You may want to deauthorize a computer on iTunes due to any of the following reasons.
- You have already reached the limit of 5 computers for your iTunes account and now you want to create a slot for your new computer.
- You may also want to deauthorize a computer on iTunes because you are selling the computer or giving it away.
- You have created a new Apple ID and have learned about Apple’s rule of allowing users to authorize only 1 Apple ID per computer.
Before proceeding with the steps to deauthorize your computer on iTunes, you need to be aware that you won’t be able to access much of iTunes paid digital content from that computer.
Steps to Deauthorize a Computer on iTunes
Follow the steps below to deauthorize a computer on iTunes.
1. Open iTunes on your Computer
First make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes on your computer. Then, open the iTunes application on your computer by clicking on the iTunes short cut on your desktop.
2. Press Ctrl + B Keys
This mandatory step is required in order to access a hidden Menu on iTunes. The menu as highlighted in the image below is not visible when you land on iTunes from a Windows computer. You need to press Ctrl + B keys to access this hidden menu (See image below)
Mac Users can simply skip this step and move to step #3 below.
3. Click on Store then click on Deauthorize This Computer
Now from the iTunes menu bar, click on Store and then from the drop down menu click on Deauthorize This Computer…
4. You will see a pop-up window prompting you to enter your Apple ID and password. Fill in the information as required and click Deauthorize
Deauthorize a Computer on iTunes That You do not Have Access to
It is not uncommon for a computer to be lost, stolen or you may have given it away or sold it to get some money for your new computer. In all these cases you do not have access to your computer, but it is still possible to deauthorize such computers from iTunes.
1. Open iTunes on your computer
Open up the iTunes application on your computer and login to iTunes in case you are not already logged in.
2. Click on your name and then on Account Info
Now in iTunes click on your name to open a dropdown menu. From the dropdown click on Account Info. (See image below)
3. Enter Password for Apple ID and click on View Account button
You will now be prompted to enter the password for your Apple ID in order to view your Account Info. Once you have entered the password for your Apple ID click on the View Account button.
4. Locate Computer Authorizations
Now you will be taken to the Account Info screen, from this screen locate the subheading Apple ID Summary. Under this subheading locate the Computer Authorizations option.
5. Click on Deauthorize All button
You should now be able to see the number of computers you have authorized on your iTunes account. Beside the computers you will see a Deauthorize All button. Click on the Deauthorize All button. (See image below)
If you do not see the Deauthorize All button it is because you only have 1 computer authorized to iTunes. The button only appears if you have 2 or more computers authorized to use iTunes.
6. From the confirmation window click on Deauthorize All Computers
With these steps you have deauthorized all computers on iTunes, including those that are no longer with you. Now you can manually start authorizing those computers on which you want to access, view and play content from iTunes.
Note: You can use the option to Deauthorize All Computers only once in 12 months. However, there is no such limit for authorizing computers on iTunes, as long as you stick to the limit of 5 computers per Account.