Authorize your computer in iTunes

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

When you authorize your Mac or PC, you’re giving it permission to access your apps, audiobooks, books, music, movies, and other content. You can authorize up to 5 computers, which means that you can play your content on 5 different computers. You can authorize a computer only through iTunes on that particular computer. You can't authorize a computer from another computer or from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

How do I authorize a computer?

  1. If you don't have iTunes on the computer you want to authorize, download and install the latest version.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. Mac: From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, choose Store > Authorize This Computer.
    Windows: Hold down the Control and B keys on your keyboard to turn on the iTunes menu bar. Then choose Store > Authorize This Computer. Learn more about menus in iTunes for WindowsIn earlier versions of iTunes, you can access this option from the Advanced menu.

    If you're using iTunes in full-screen mode, hover your mouse at the top of your computer screen. The menu bar appears. Exit full-screen mode by pressing the Control, Command, and F keys on your keyboard.
  4. Enter your Apple ID and click Authorize.

If iTunes asks you to authorize your computer again, it won't use a new authorization. iTunes uses the same authorization for the same computer.

What happens if I run out of authorizations?

If one of your 5 authorizations is on a computer you don't use much anymore, deauthorize it. If you've sold or given away a computer that used one of your 5 authorizations, you'll need to deauthorize all of your computers and then re-authorize each one you still use.

Windows users

If you didn’t deauthorize your computer before reinstalling Windows or upgrading your RAM, hard disk, or other system components, your computer might be using multiple authorizations. Try deauthorizing your computer a few times until it’s no longer authorized, then authorize your computer again, and it will use only one authorization.

How do I know how many computers I've authorized?

If you've authorized 2 or more computers, you can see how many are authorized.

Click to open iTunes and sign in to your Account Information, or use the steps below:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Click Sign In, and then enter your Apple ID and password.
  3. Click your name and select Account Info from the drop-down menu.
  4. Enter your password again.

In the Apple ID Summary section of the Account Information screen, you’ll see the number of computers that you’ve authorized with your Apple ID. You can’t see the names of those computers. 

Do I need to authorize my iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch?

No. You don’t need to authorize your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Your iOS devices don’t use your available authorizations.

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