Authorise or deauthorise your computer for Apple ID purchases

Find out how to authorise your computer to play your Apple ID purchases, deauthorise a computer from accessing your Apple ID purchases and check how many authorised computers you have.


What you need to know about authorising your computer

  • You can authorise up to five computers at a time to play your Apple ID purchases.
  • Each computer you authorise counts as one authorisation – even if you authorise the same computer multiple times.
  • If you have five authorised computers and want to authorise a new computer, you'll need to deauthorise one of your computers.
  • You can only authorise a computer that you have access to. You can’t authorise a computer using another computer or an iPhone or iPad.
  • Once you authorise your computer in any Apple app, you can access all of your Apple ID purchases in other Apple apps.
  • After you’ve authorised your computer, your computer will be associated with your Apple ID for purchases. Other devices – such as iPhone and iPad – don’t count towards your authorised computer limit. However, these are associated with your Apple ID for purchases. Find out how to view your associated devices.

How to authorise or deauthorise your Mac

  1. Open the Apple Music app or Apple TV app. In the menu bar, click the Account and make sure you’ve signed in with your Apple ID.
  2. In the Account menu, choose Authorisations > Authorise This Computer or Deauthorise This Computer.
  3. Sign in with your Apple ID and password. Forgotten your Apple ID?
  4. Click Authorise or Deauthorise.

See how many computers are authorised

  1. Open the Apple Music app or Apple TV app.
  2. In the menu bar, choose Account > Account Settings.
  3. Sign in with your Apple ID and password. Forgotten your Apple ID?
  4. At the top of your Account Information page, have a look next to Computer Authorisations to see how many computers are authorised.

If you need to deauthorise a computer that you don't have access to

To deauthorise a computer that you don't have access to, you'll need to deauthorise all of your computers. Then authorise each computer that you have again. You can only deauthorise all computers once a year.

  1. Open the Apple Music app or Apple TV app.
  2. Choose Account > Account Settings.
  3. Sign in with your Apple ID and password. Forgotten your Apple ID?
  4. At the top of your Account Information page, look next to Computer Authorisations, then click Deauthorise All.
  5. Authorise each computer that you use again.

How to authorise or deauthorise your Windows PC

  1. On your Windows PC, open the Apple Music app or Apple TV app.
  2. Click your name at the bottom of the sidebar. You may need to sign in with your Apple ID first.
  3. Click Authorise Machine or Deauthorise Machine.
  4. Sign in with your Apple ID and password. Forgotten your Apple ID?
  5. Click Authorise or Deauthorise.

See how many computers are authorised

  1. On your Windows PC, open the Apple Music app or Apple TV app.
  2. Click your name at the bottom of the sidebar, then click View My Account. You may need to sign in with your Apple ID first.
  3. At the top of your Account Information page, have a look next to Computer Authorisations to see how many computers are authorised.

If you need to deauthorise a computer that you don't have access to

To deauthorise a computer that you don't have access to, you'll need to deauthorise all of your computers. Then authorise each computer that you have again. You can only deauthorise all computers once a year.

  1. On your Windows PC, open the Apple Music app or Apple TV app.
  2. Click your name at the bottom of the sidebar, then click View My Account. You may need to sign in with your Apple ID first.
  3. At the top of your Account Information page, look next to Computer Authorisations, then click Deauthorise All.
  4. Authorise each computer that you use again.

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