Authorise or deauthorise your computer for iTunes Store purchases

Learn how to authorise your computer before you use it to sync or play content that you download from the iTunes Store.

When you authorise your Mac or PC, you give it permission to access your music, films and other content.

  • You can authorise up to 5 computers, which means that you can play your content on 5 different computers.
  • You can't authorise a computer from another computer or from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Before you sell or give away your computer or send it in for service, deauthorise your computer to remove its access to protected purchases. For other devices, learn how to see where you’re signed in or remove devices.

Store availability and features might vary by country or region.

How to authorise a Mac or PC

Before you authorise a Mac, update it to the latest version of macOS. On a PC, update to the latest version of iTunes for Windows.

  1. On a Mac, open the Music app, Apple TV app or Apple Books app. On a PC, open iTunes for Windows.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. In the menu bar on your Mac or PC, choose Account > Authorisations > Authorise This Computer.
    If you're asked to authorise your computer again, it won't use a new authorisation. Apple ID uses the same authorisation for the same computer.

See your authorised computers

To automatically sign in to your Account Information page from your computer, click here. Or follow these steps:

  1. On a Mac, open the Music app, Apple TV app or Apple Books app. On a PC, open iTunes for Windows.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. In the menu bar on your Mac or PC, choose Account > View My Account.
  4. Sign in with your Apple ID.
  5. On the Account Information page, scroll to the Apple ID Summary section. You'll see the number of computers that you've authorised with your Apple ID. You can’t see the names of those computers. If you haven't authorised 2 or more computers, you won't see this section.

If the number of authorised computers listed is more than what you expect, you might not have deauthorised the computers that you no longer use, gave away or sold. You need to deauthorise all of your computers and then authorise each one that you still use.

Deauthorise a computer

  1. On a Mac, open the Music app, Apple TV app or Apple Books app. On a PC, open iTunes for Windows.
  2. From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, choose Account > Authorisations > Deauthorise This Computer.
  3. Sign in with your Apple ID.
  4. Choose Deauthorise.

If you run out of authorisations, deauthorise all

If one of your 5 authorisations is on a computer that you don't use anymore, deauthorise it. If you sold or gave away a computer that's used one of your 5 authorisations, you need to choose Deauthorise All on the Account Information page. Then authorise each computer that you still use.

About authorising other Apple devices

You don’t need to authorise your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or other Apple device. These devices don’t use your available authorisations. Learn how to check your Apple ID device list to see where you're signed in and how to remove a device.

Get help

  • Learn what to do if your computer keeps asking you to authorise when you try to play your content.
  • You can deauthorise all computers once per year.
  • If you don't see Account in the menu bar at the top of your computer screen or the top of the Music app or iTunes window, check your Restrictions. You might have access to the iTunes Store turned off.

Store availability and features might vary by country or region.

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