How to Deauthorize a Dead Computer on iTunes

By Will Conley

Apple lets you authorize up to five computers to download and play your iTunes Store purchases using your Apple ID. You can deauthorize a computer as well, thus freeing up room for a different computer to be authorized. If one of your five authorizations is a dead computer you can no longer access, you can still deauthorize it -- but you must deauthorize all five authorized computers at the same time. Apple lets you mass deauthorize your computers once per 12 months.

Things You'll Need

  • Working computer, in addition to dead one
  • iTunes software
  • Apple ID

Step 1

Launch iTunes.

Step 2

Click "Store" in the left-hand menu.

Step 3

Click "Sign In" in the upper-right-hand area of the iTunes Store view of iTunes if you are not already signed in. Type your Apple ID and password. Click "Sign In."

Step 4

Click the downward-facing arrow to the right of your Apple ID in the upper-right-hand area of iTunes, then click "Account."

Step 5

Click the "Deauthorize All" button that appears to the right of "Computer Authorizations."