How to Authorize Your Computer for iTunes

By David Weedmark

Before you can access your iTunes purchases on a computer, Apple requires that you authorize your computer using your Apple ID.

Things You'll Need

  • Apple ID
  • iTunes

Unlike Apple's mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad, computers need to be authorized to access songs and videos that you've purchased or rented through iTunes. While there's no limit to the number of mobile devices you can use with an iTunes account, Apple limits each iTunes account to five computers at any one time.

Signing In

To sign in and authorize your computer with iTunes, you need access to the iTunes Menu Bar. Press. Press Ctrl-B, or click the small icon in the upper-left corner of the window and select Show Menu Bar.

Authorizing and Deauthorizing a Computer

Click the Store menu. If you haven't signed in yet, select Sign In and enter your Apple ID email address and password. Select Authorize This Computer and enter your credentials when prompted.

Click the Store menu.

To deauthorize a computer, you need to go through iTunes on that computer. Click Deauthorize This Computer from the Store menu.

Tip

If you have an Apple iOS device like the iPhone, your device is authorized when you set it up and sign in with your Apple ID. To access your iTunes or App Store content, just enter your Apple ID and password when prompted.

Tip

If you forgot to deauthorize a computer before getting rid of it, open iTunes on your new computer, select View Account and click the Deauhtorize All button. This removes all of your computers from your iTunes account. Unfortunately, there isn't an option to deauthorize one computer at a time, or see which computers are authorized.