If you’re like me, you love your music. And if you’re like me, you also have an extensive iTunes library that you can’t bear to part with. But if you’re also like me, you might not be able to authorized your computer for iTunes because of some pesky technical issues.
Never fear! I’m here to help. In this blog post, I’ll walk you through the simple steps to authorizing your computer for iTunes. With my help, you’ll be
How to authorize your computer for iTunes
iTunes can be used on up to five computers at a time. If you try to play content from your iTunes library on a sixth computer, you might see the following message:
“This computer is not authorized for purchased items that are on this iPhone. Would you like to authorize this computer for iTunes?”
If you have an iOS device that isn’t associated with your Apple ID, you can’t see or play your past purchases. To see and play your content, you need to sign in with the Apple ID that you used to make the purchases.
You can authorize up to five computers at a time using the same Apple ID. Once you reach the limit, you’ll need to deauthorize one of your existing computers before authorizing a new one.
How to deauthorize your computer for iTunes
Deauthorizing your computer allows you to free up a license for another computer. You can deauthorize all computers associated with your Apple ID, or just the one you’re using.
Here’s how to deauthorize a single computer:
- Open iTunes and sign in with your Apple ID.
- From the menu bar at the top of your screen, choose Account > Authorizations > Deauthorize This Computer.
- When prompted, enter your Apple ID password then click Deauthorize.
How to reauthorize your computer for iTunes
iTunes uses authorizations to make sure that only a certain number of devices can access your purchased content. You can have up to five devices authorized at a time. If you try to play content on a sixth device, you might see an alert asking you to authorize your device.
Before you authorize a new computer, deauthorize all other computers that are using your Apple ID. This way, you can start fresh and avoid reaching your authorization limit.
To deauthorize all computers:
- Open iTunes on a Mac or PC with the account that you want to deauthorize.
- Sign in with your Apple ID and password if prompted.
- From the menu bar at the top of your screen or at the top of the iTunes window, choose Account > View My Account. If you’re not already signed in, sign in with your Apple ID and password now.
- On the Account Information page: Scroll down to the Settings section and click Manage next to Computer Authorizations 5.Click Deauthorize All.”
How to authorize your computer for iTunes Match
iTunes Match is a service that allows you to keep a copy of your music library in the cloud. It can scan and match your songs with tracks in the iTunes Store, upload any unmatched songs, and make them available on all your devices.
Before you can use iTunes Match, you need to authorize your computer for itunes. You can do thison the Account menu in iTunes. If you’re not signed in, sign in with your Apple ID.
Click Add This Computer. If you don’t see Add This Computer, it means that your computer is already authorized.
Enter your password, then click Authorize.
How to deauthorize your computer for iTunes Match
Deauthorizing your computer will remove its access to all the content in your iTunes account, including any music, apps, books, or other data that you may have purchased from iTunes. This process is necessary if you plan on selling or giving away your computer, as it will remove your personal data and prevent someone else from having access to your account.
To deauthorize your computer for iTunes Match,follow these steps:
- Open iTunes and go to the Store menu.
- Click on Deauthorize This Computer.
- Enter your Apple ID and password when prompted.
- Click Deauthorize.
After you have deauthorized your computer, all of its content will be removed from your iTunes account and it will no longer have access to any of your data.
How to reauthorize your computer for iTunes Match
iTunes Match keeps a copy of your music in the cloud and makes it available on all your authorized devices. If you try to play a song on your computer that’s not in your iTunes library, iTunes will try to download the song from iCloud. If you see a message that says iCloud Music Library can’t be turned on, or if songs that you bought aren’t showing up in your music library, it might help to turn off iTunes Match and then turn it back on. You might also need to authorize your computer for iTunes Store purchases.
How to authorize your computer for iCloud
You can authorize up to five computers for iCloud. You can also deauthorize all computers at once.
iCloud requires that you have an Apple ID and that you sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID on your iOS device or Mac. If you want to stop using iCloud, you can sign out of iCloud on your iOS device or Mac, or you can turn off iCloud entirely.
To authorize a computer for iCloud:
On a Mac with macOS Catalina 10.15:
Open the Music app.
Click , then click Preferences.
Click , then click Accounts.
In the sidebar, select your Apple ID.
Under the “Library” section, select “Authorizations.” Select “Authorize This Computer.”
On a Mac with macOS Mojave 10.14: Open iTunes. From the menu bar at the top of your screen, choose Account > Authorizations > Authorize This Computer.
On a PC: Open iTunes for Windows. From the menu bar at the top of your screen, choose Account > Authorizations > Authorize This Computer.
If you’re prompted for your password and you’ve forgotten it, see Reset your password to continue using iMessage and FaceTime on an iPhone or iPad; otherwise, follow these steps:
Choose Store > Deauthorize This Computer from the iTunes menu (be sure you’re signed in).
Enter your password when prompted and click Deauthorize to confirm that you want to deauthorize this computer for iCloud content purchases and redownloads as well as syncing with other devices through iCloud Music Library
How to deauthorize your computer for iCloud
On your Windows PC, open iTunes. From the menu bar at the top of the iTunes window, select Account > Authorizations > Deauthorize This Computer.
Enter your Apple ID and password. If you’ve turned on two-factor authentication for your Apple ID, you might need to enter a verification code.