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How to Authorize and Deauthorize Your Computer in iTunes

As it known to us all, iTunes serves as a central hub for music, movies, apps and books, many of which are restricted with digital rights management (DRM) technology to prevent unlicensed sharing. In this case, to sync and play content that you download from iTunes Store, you should authorize your computer to give it permission to access your apps, audiobooks, books, music, movies, and other content. Here this article would tell us everything about authorizing and deauthorizing iTunes.   


What is an iTunes Authorization?

As it has been mentioned above, you should have your computer authorized to play iTunes DRM-ed content. Since Apple did away with DRM for music several years ago, so there is no need for you to authorize your computer to play iTunes music. But for other iTunes downloads, users are still required to authorize each computer with their iTunes linked Apple ID. And you should be aware that you can authorize a maximum of 5 computers.


How to Authorize and Deauthorize a Computer?

One: Authorize a Computer

1. Open iTunes.

2. For Mac users: From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, choose "Store > Authorize This Computer".
    For Windows users: You may find iTunes is lack of a menu bar on Windows, you should then hold down "Ctrl" and "B" key on your keyboard to open the menu bar, and then click "Store > Authorize This Computer".

Authorize the Computer

3. Enter your Apple ID & password and click Authorize.

Two: Deauthorize a Computer

Things get easier when you know how to authorize a computer. You would find that the option "Deauthorize This Computer" is right underneath the option "Authorize This Computer" .


How do I know how many computers I have authorized?

As you can only authorize 5 computers to play iTunes contents, many people would wonder if he can check how many computers he has authorized. To do that, please follow the below steps.

1. Open iTunes, and sign in with your Apple ID.

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

3. Enter password again. And then you will see the number of your authorized computer in the "Apple ID Summary" section.

Account Information


What to do if I run out of authorizations?

When you have hit the iTunes authorization limit of 5 computers, you may get an error message telling that you have already authorized 5 computers with this Apple ID. In this case, you have two ways to make this unauthorized computer play the iTunes content.

authorize error

First: Deauthorize one of the other computers or deauthorize all computers

When you run out of authorizations, the first thing you think is to deauthorize one of your computers, and reauthorize the new computer to allow it playing iTunes content. To deauthorize a computer, you can refer to the above tutorial. Click the "Store > Deauthorize This Computer", and then enter your password. Once the authorized computer is less than 5, you can authorize another new computer.

Of course, you can also deauthorize all your computer. To do this, you should go into the Account Information screen. Go to the "Apple ID Summary" section, you can see how many computers you have authorized and the "Deauthorize All " button is right behind it. Please note that you can deauthorize all computers once per year.

Second: Remove DRM Protection from your iTunes content

We know that we cannot play the iTunes content on unauthorized computer for the DRM protection. So, if you can remove DRM from iTunes content, you will be able to enjoy them on any other computer regardless of whether the computer is authorized or not. Then how to remove DRM form iTunes movies and enjoy iTunes movies on unauthorized computer?

DRM Removal

To do that, NoteBurner iTunes DRM Removal is essential to help remove DRM from iTunes videos. It is a powerful and professional DRM removal to remove iTunes DRM and convert iTunes M4V to plain MP4 format at 20X faster speed. Lossless quality, amazing fast speed, and iTunes rentals are supported, all these features make NoteBurner iTunes DRM Removal outstanding among other similar software.

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1. Download this useful DRM removal, and make sure you have iTunes installed.

2. Make sure your computer with NoteBurner iTunes DRM Removal installed is well authorized to play the iTunes videos.

3. Removing DRM from iTunes videos with the NoteBurner iTunes DRM Removal. After conversion, you can play the converted videos on any other computer no matter whether the computer is authorized or not.

Learn more: How to Remove DRM from iTunes Videos

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