How to Authorize a Computer on iTunes?

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iTunes. For those of you who are ingrained deep into the Apple ecosystem, iTunes has become an indispensable part of your software arsenal. The key connection between your handheld devices and your desktop.

Now if you are using an iMac or even running a Hackintosh, authorization isn’t something that you would have had to face. In fact, keeping with the mantra of simple elegance, iTunes is bundled with every device running on Mac OS X.

Just plug your device in and it works! But what if you’re a newcomer to the Apple ecosystem. Maybe you own an iPod or an iPhone but use Windows as the desktop OS. Then you will need to authenticate your device.

So for all of you folks out there who are new to the Apple ecosystem and looking to use a handheld iDevice with a Windows PC, this article is for you! Let’s just say syncing the two devices ain’t as simple as download Apple iTunes, connect the two, and boom done!

How to Authorize a Computer on iTunes?

While we will certainly answer the big question of “How to Authorize a Computer on iTunes?” let’s first look at the reason for authorizing a computer in the first place!

Why Should You Authorize Computer for iTunes?

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.

This is what the official Apple website has to say. Now let’s take the technical jargon aside and break it down into layman’s terms.

When you buy something from Apple, it comes with a DRM license that makes it impossible to play on a device unless it has the authorization! So if you want to enjoy all your content across platforms, you’d have to get on board with the authorization!

How to Authorize a Computer on iTunes in 4 Easy Steps

Step 1

If you don’t have iTunes on the computer you want to authorize, download and install the latest version. This method works with all the versions so you will learn how to authorize a computer on iTunes 2015 using this tutorial!

Step 2

Once the download is complete, open the iTunes app on your PC.

Step 3

For Mac: Navigate to the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, then click on Store > Authorize This Computer.

For Windows: Hold down the Control and B keys on your keyboard to turn on the iTunes menu bar. Then following the same procedure, choose Store > Authorize This Computer. If you wish to learn more about how menus operate in iTunes while on Windows, click on this link.

In 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 will then appear. You can exit from the full-screen mode by pressing and holding down on the Control, Command, and F keys on your keyboard simultaneously

Step 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.

How to De-authorize a Computer on iTunes?

“Woah Woah! Hold your horses’ dude! Didn’t you just tell us how to authorize a computer on iTunes? Why will I de-authorise it?”, I can hear you say this as you read the above title!

Apple gives you a maximum of 5 activations on one Apple ID and if you run out of them, you need to deauthorize an old machine before you can authorize a new one. Also, you’ll find this particularly useful when you’re upgrading to a new PC or selling an old PC.

Windows Users: You should always deauthorize your computer before reinstalling Windows or performing any other hardware upgrade. Or else, 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.

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

Click here to access directly your Apple account information, or use the steps below:

  1. Open the latest version of iTunes.
  2. Sign in to your iTunes account.
  1. Click on your name and from the drop-down menu, select Account Info.
  2. Enter your password again.

In the Apple ID Summary section of the Account Information screen, you can see how many computers you have authorized. Names or details of the computers aren’t available, though.

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