iTunes utilizes an authorization system to ensure that only a few computers can have access to purchase your favorite music, videos, and other required content. If you plan to replace your computer or reinstall Windows on your system, then it is essential to Deauthorize iTunes from your computer to stop accessing your content.
To use iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC, it is necessary to authorize the purchase of movies, music, TV shows, audiobooks, and other various contents.
Remember, this is only applicable to DRM media, and most of the music files on iTunes are DRM-free, and you don’t have to authorize a computer if you only want to play the file. In our post, we will explain how you can Deauthorize iTunes on your computer if need be. Let’s begin
How to deauthorize iTunes?
The process of Deauthorizing is pretty much the same on both Windows and macOS, but we are going to explain them separately for better understanding. Please follow the below-mentioned steps to deauthorize iTunes on Mac.
Deauthorize iTunes on macOS
Step 1. Open iTunes on your computer system and sign in by clicking on the ‘Account‘ option from the menu bar on top.
Step 2. Enter the Apple ID and password then click on the ‘Sign In‘ button.
Step 3. Once you are signed in, click on ‘Account‘ on the menu bar and select the ‘View My Account option.
Step 4. After opening the ‘Account Information‘ page, click on the ‘Deauthorize All‘ button on the down-right of your computer screen. The button will only come into view when you have more than one authorized computer.
Step 5. After completing the above process, a new dialogue window will pop up, click on the ‘Deauthorize All‘ button, and then click on Ok to conclude the process.
Once you have completed the steps mentioned above, the computer on which the task has been performed shall be deauthorized and won’t be able to access your iTunes content.
Deauthorize iTunes on Windows 10
Please follow the below-mentioned steps to deauthorize iTunes on Windows 10.
Step 1. Open iTunes on your Windows computer and sign in using the Apple ID and password.
Step 2. Select the ‘Account‘ option from the menu bar. If you can’t view the ‘Account‘ option in the desktop edition, then press Ctrl + B combination keys on your keyboard simultaneously.
Step 3. Move to the ‘Authorization‘ option and click on ‘Deauthorize This Computer.’
Step 4. Then enter the password in the opened window or dialogue box and press the enter key or click on the ‘Deauthorize‘ button to conclude the process.
Note – You can use the ‘Deauthorize All‘ button only once in a year. So it is crucial to be careful while enforcing the ‘Deauthorization‘ task when it is essentially required in situations like deauthorizing the computer before replacing them, reinstalling Windows or macOS on your computer, and upgrading the hardware in your computer system.
How to authorize a computer for iTunes?
Please follow the below-mentioned steps to authorize iTunes on macOS and Windows 10.
Step 1. Open iTunes on your Mac and sign in with your Apple ID and password.
Step 2. Click on the ‘Account‘ section on the menu bar at the top of your screen.
Step 3. Move the mouse pointer to the ‘Authorizations‘ option and click on ‘Authorize This Computer.’
Step 4. Enter the password and press the enter key or click on the ‘Authorize‘ button to complete the procedure.
iTunes needs to be authorized on your computer (Windows or Mac), so you can download and access your iTunes content. The number of authorized devices on a single Apple ID is limited to 5 Devices. However, in the case of replacing the device or updating the operating system or upgrading the hardware components in your system, it is vital to deauthorize the device on iTunes.
Please read the steps as mentioned earlier before performing such tasks on your computer. We hope that our post has guided you profoundly and you have got enough information to authorize and deauthorize iTunes on your computer system. Thank you for reading our post.