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.

Authorize a Mac or PC

Before you authorize a computer, download and install the latest version of iTunes.

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. 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 Windows.

  3. 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.

Check your number of authorizations

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. If you haven't authorized 2 or more computers, you won't see this section.

If the number of authorized computers listed is more than what you expect, you might not have deauthorized the computers that you no longer use, gave away, or sold. You need to deauthorize all of your computers and then re-authorize each one that you still use.

If you 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 that you still use.

Windows users

If you didn’t deauthorize your computer before you re-installed Windows or upgraded 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.

About authorizing iOS devices

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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