It is possible for one user to have more than one computer that runs iTunes and is authorized for the account. At times, you may think of deauthorizing them. If this is a thought that is lingering in your mind and you do not know how to do it, have a look here.
Let us say, in the course of time, you have authorized three computers to the iTunes account. You will see a message when you are going to download a song from iTune Stores. The message tells you about the need to transfer any song you purchase to an authorized computer before you play the song.
Deauthorize A Particular Computer
If you are using more than one computer, you can disable any one of them. Open iTunes, select Stores. Now, click on “Deauthorize This Computer”. When you click on the option, you will need to type in the account details, like the ID and password. Then, click on “Deauthorize” and you are done.
Deauthorizing All Computers
Before commenting any further on this topic, remember you can deauthorize all computers only once in a year. So when deauthorizing computers, take into account the length of the period and take decisions accordingly. Now that you know this important tip, let us move ahead.
It is possible that you may not have access to the computers you once authorized. So obviously, you would want to deauthorize them. Sign in to the iTunes Stores, if you aren’t.
Click “Account” to the right of the page. You will have to enter your account once again. Now, click “Account Info”. To the bottom right of the next page there is the “Deauthorize All” button. Click it.
Next, you will be prompted for confirmation. Click “Deauthorize All Computers”. If all these steps are done correctly, you will get a confirmation about the success of deauthorizing all the computers you have authorized until now.
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What Is “Authorizing” A Computer?
Authorizing (and deauthorizing) a computer gives you the permission to manage your computers. As the command suggests, you have the authority to work with them. If you have authorized a certain computer, you can use applications, music, books, audiobooks and even movies or any other products or continent that you have paid for from iTunes Stores and sync them.
You can make use of the content from iTunes on five different computers at the most. These five computers can be a blend of Windows or Macintosh computers. When you use the purchased content on your computer, it means you have “authorized’ that particular computer with your Apple ID.
When you deauthorize your computer, you cannot use any of the files or apps that you have purchased from the Apple Store. It also does not allow you to manage any of your purchased content from Apple. In short, you lose all the authority to operate on that certain computer. A deauthorized computer is removed from the list of computers, maximum five, which you have authorized with your Apple ID.