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Beginner: Deauthorize All Computers Associated with Your iTunes Account

If you have had several different computers over the years that were running iTunes and authorized for your account, you might need to deauthorize them all. In this mini how-to we show you how.

If you’ve authorized 5 computers over time to your iTunes account, you will see the following message when you try to download an app or song from the iTunes Store.

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Deauthorize Individual Computers

If you are still using a couple of computers you can disable one by opening iTunes and select Store \ Deauthorize This Computer.

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You will be prompted to enter your account credentials, then Deauthorize it.

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Deauthorize All Computers

Note: You can only use the Deauthorize All Computers once per year.

You might be in a situation where you no longer have the computers you authorized in earlier years and would rather deauthorize them all. Go into the iTunes Store and sign in if your not already. Click on the Account button on the right side of the main page.

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Enter in your account credentials again and click Account Info.

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On your Account Info page click on Deauthorize All.

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Click Deauthorize all computers at the confirmation screen…

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Success.

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Now you’ll need to authorize the current machine you want to use. Click Store \ Authorize This Computer.

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Enter your account credentials and click Authorize.

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You will then get a message that you have authorized one out of five available…click OK.

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That is all there is to it! If you are a geek who is constantly testing features such as iTunes on several computers, the ability to only authorize five machines can be quite annoying. Following these quick steps will help you avoid the annoyance.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/2/10

Comments (25)

  1. Col

    I would not have iTunes installed on even one computer never mind five.

  2. Gerard

    Brilliant article. Never knew this was possible and thought I might have to buy my purchases again

  3. Dinesh

    Thanks.

  4. Brian

    Really useful article, thanks!

  5. Lisa

    Useful! Thanks!

  6. John Paul Mays

    Okay… I blogged in to my account info within the iTunes Store, however, there is no button for de-authorizing all of my computers, although it does state that I have 4 computers authorized at this moment.

    But I only have one computer at this time, and I know longer own the previous 3… so how do I go about de-authorizing them?

    /jp/

  7. John Paul Mays

    OPPS… I meant logged in to my account info within the iTunes Store, however, there is no button for de-authorizing all of my computers, although it does state that I have 4 computers authorized at this moment.

    But I only have one computer at this time, and I know longer own the previous 3… so how do I go about de-authorizing them?

    /jp/

  8. AF

    @ John Paul Mays:

    Quote from “About iTunes Store authorization and deauthorization” (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1420)

    Note: You may only use this feature once per year. The Deauthorize All button will not appear if you have fewer than 5 authorized computers, or if you have used this option within the last 12 months. If you need assistance on using this feature, please contact the iTunes Store support via email (http://www.apple.com/support/itunes/ww/).

  9. AF

    You can manually deauthorize the other 3 computers by following steps under the “Deauthorize Individual Computers” section of this How-to-geek article. If you no longer own them, then I guess don’t worry about it until you hit the 5 authorized computers mark.

  10. SB

    I have the same problem as John Paul – any other alternative? Thanks!

  11. Daleon

    Thanks a millon…

  12. cube

    Thanks a lot, fixed my problem.

  13. SLW

    This article was advice was dead on. I just used the apple support email listed above and without reply Apple deautorized all my computers. Sweet Thx for help

  14. Catbo

    Will I lose all my itunes content when I do this?

  15. Dave

    Thanks for providing images of the various screens and dialogs. The official Apple directions refer to the Account button being on the left side and I looked and looked until I saw your image and released it was talking about a list that is now on the right side of the iTunes store!

  16. Nicola

    I have a similar question to Catbo…
    I’m onto my 5th computer and no longer have the previous 5. If I now deauthorize all of the computers in order to start fresh, will I lose my current itunes purchases? Or (as I’m hoping), will I then be able to log back into my itunes account and sync all of my songs back onto the computer once I authorize my current computer?

    Really appreciate any possible advice before I go and make a real mess of things….and waste a lot of money!!! :)

  17. Fran

    Has anyone answered the question posted by Catbo and Nicola?

    Will I lose all my itunes content when I do this? Please help! I need to know.

    Thanks

  18. Eudoxus

    You don’t lose any content, it is simply the process or authorizing or deauthorizing. if you have purchased content you wont be able to play it if you deauthorize till you re-authorize again. content is not affected in any way for these processes

  19. Janeus

    Thank you, after following such straight forward instructions I was able to deauthorise. Every time I upgraded my computer ITUNES wanted to register again! Now I just need to learn how to stop the ITUNES knicking all my photo’s when I don’t want it too…

  20. Robby

    Thnx man… It was really a help…!!

  21. Mairead

    Thank you for the simple straight forward instrucions. I was worried that if i deauthorized all computers I would loose my purchased music. Your instructions were very simple and helpful for us “non geeks”.

  22. Zardron

    Thanks for taking the time to write this article. I was a little hesitant to complete this process till i read your advice.
    Cheers!!

  23. cheryl

    Will I be unable to use the apps that are on my iphone or my ipad until I re-authorize those devices or does this apply to computers only and not devices?

  24. ed

    similar question to cheryls- if i deauthorize all, does tjis include ipad, or is ipad considered like an an ipod?

  25. Amanda

    Perfect! Job done.Thanks

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