How to Deauthorize iTunes on Old or Dead Computers

iTunes uses an authorization system to ensure that only authorized computers can have access to purchased favourite music, videos, and other contents. If you plan to replace your computer or reinstalling Windows on your system, then it is essential to Deauthorize iTunes from your computer to stop accessing your content. To use iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC, it is necessary to authorize the purchase of movies, music, TV shows, audiobooks, and other various contents.

Remember, this is only applicable to DRM media, and most of the music files on iTunes are DRM-free, and you don’t have to authorize a computer if you only want to play the file. In our post, we will explain how you can Deauthorize iTunes on your computer if need be. Let’s begin

How to Deauthorize iTunes?

The process of Deauthorizing is pretty much the same on both Windows and macOS, but we are going to explain them separately for better understanding. Please follow the below-mentioned steps to deauthorize iTunes on Mac.

Deauthorize Your Apple Computer

Step 1. Open iTunes on your computer system and sign in by clicking on the ‘Account’ option from the menu bar on top.

Step 2. Enter the Apple ID and password then click on the ‘Sign In’ button.

Step 3. Once you are signed in, click on ‘Account‘. Then click on Authorizations and finally select Deauthorize This Computer.

Once you have completed the steps mentioned above, the computer on which the task has been performed shall be deauthorized and won’t be able to access your iTunes content.

Deauthorize a Computer You Don’t Have Access To

Please follow the below-mentioned steps to deauthorize iTunes on Windows 10.

Step 1. Open iTunes on your computer. If you don’t have iTunes then download it.

Step 2. Select the ‘Account’ option from the menu bar. Then click on View My Account. It will ask you to log in to your Apple account. Use the same account, which is used by another computer, that you want to remove from your iTunes.

Step 3. Now in the Apple ID summary, find the option called Deauthorize All and click on it. It will remove all authorized computers from iTunes.

Deauthorize All

Note – You can use the ‘Deauthorize All’ button only once a year. So it is crucial to be careful while enforcing the ‘Deauthorization’ task when it is essentially required in situations like deauthorizing the computer before replacing them, reinstalling Windows or macOS on your computer, and upgrading the hardware in your computer system.

If the device you are using to authorize gets rejected while working on the process of iTunes authorization, it means that you have already authorized more than five devices. Please note that the number of authorized systems can’t be exceeded more than five on a single Apple ID. In such cases, it is essential to check how many devices are authorized on iTunes with your Apple ID and are not accessing it at the time. The best option to find out if there are more than five devices on the iTunes authorization list is the ‘Computer Authorizations’ option. As stated earlier, when you’ll opt for ‘Computer Authorizations’ the option of ‘Deauthorize All’ will not be activated if there are more than five devices authorized to access iTunes.

Winding Up

iTunes needs to be authorized on your computer (Windows or Mac), so you can download and access your iTunes content. The number of authorized devices on a single Apple ID is limited to 5 Devices. However, in the case of replacing the device or updating the operating system or upgrading the hardware components in your system, it is vital to deauthorize the device on iTunes. Please read the steps as mentioned earlier before performing such tasks on your computer. We hope that our post has guided you profoundly and you have got enough information to authorize and deauthorize iTunes on your computer system. Thank you for reading our post.

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