newitunes122logoIf you plan to give away, sell or trade in your Mac, you should de-authorize your iTunes account on the computer first, as this removes its access to content that you bought from the iTunes Store, iBooks Store, or App Store, including things like music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books.

Apple puts a five-computer limit on an account for accessing iTunes protected content, so it's worth remembering to deauthorize before you part ways with a computer, but of course that might not always be possible. Say your Mac stops working or gets stolen, for example. What then?

Fortunately, if you no longer have access to the device you want to deauthorize, you can still do so by following the steps below on another computer. The process deauthorizes all computers associated with your account, but also lets you re-authorize the devices you still own.

Note that Apple lets you deauthorize all computers once per year, and the procedure on a Windows computer is the same as on a Mac. Keep reading to learn how it's done.

  1. Launch iTunes on your Mac.
  2. If you aren't signed in already, select Account -> Sign in... from iTunes' menu bar.
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  3. Enter your Apple ID and password, and click Sign In.
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  4. Select Account -> View My Account... from the menu bar.
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  5. On the Account Information page, click the Deauthorize All button at the lower right of the Apple ID summary section. This button will only appear if you have more than one computer authorized.
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  6. In the pop-up dialog window, click Deauthorize All.
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  7. Click OK in the Deauthorization Complete dialog window.
  8. To re-authorize the current computer, select Account -> Authorizations -> Authorize This Computer... from the menu bar.
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  9. Enter your Apple ID and password in the dialog window, and click Authorize.
  10. Click OK at the dialog confirming successful authorization.
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Top Rated Comments

dmylrea Avatar
55 months ago
I wish they would change the once a year "deauthorize all" restriction. What's the purpose of such a limitation?
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joeblough Avatar
55 months ago
Yes I deauthorize all the time, and it's habit already. I log onto a computer, authorize it, and when I'm done, I deauthorize it. It's a habit now.

But the point is why do I need to even authorize a computer at all when you can log into an iOS or Apple TV device without any limitations.
i assume this is a throwback to the first days of label-supplied music/movies on macs, before iOS or AppleTV existed. the music/TV industry was probably convinced by apple that iOS and the AppleTV are locked down well enough that no one can decrypt content that is stored in an iOS device or AppleTV - TBH it's pretty difficult to even access the files on one of those devices let alone decrypt them. they probably never removed the 5 computer limit since the content providers probably still think that content can be decrypted on computers.

not that the 5 computer limit stops people, but the whole thing is part of a bill of goods that apple sold the content providers in order to get access to the content.
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cawaker Avatar
55 months ago
I feel like I'm always up against the 1 year limit, just from experimenting and reinstalls of machines and junk. So it's really obnoxious.

But once or twice or the years I've contacted support and they reset it for me.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LV426 Avatar
55 months ago
Honestly in this day and age, I don't understand why Apple allows me to only authorize five computers, when I can connect as many Apple TV and iOS devices as I want.
At least it does show you how many computers out of the five are authorised. I hadn't appreciated until I looked at this that I had 3 active authorisations when I only need one. Thanks, MacRumours!
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