A great feature of iPads and iPhones is that you never have to authorize iTunes like you do on a computer. You can simply log in and start making purchases. However, you must authorize your new MacBook or PC if you want to buy new music or movies. Here are the steps to follow on both Windows 10 and macOS to get you started.
Also see: Using iTunes on a Chromebook
It’s helpful to know that you can link as many iOS devices to your Apple ID as you want. You can purchase songs and other content on any of them. However, you are limited to only five authorized computers at a time. Here’s everything you need to know.
Authorize iTunes on a Windows 10 computer
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Windows users can use iTunes in two different ways. You can grab the traditional desktop software in 32-bit or 64-bit formats, or download the iTunes app from the Microsoft Store. In our case, we are going to use the app. The process is essentially the same to authorize your computer on iTunes with both platforms, and you mainly need the Account tab. Here are the steps:
- Open iTunes and sign in with your Apple ID.
- Go to the Account tab in the menu bar and open the drop-down menu.
- Select the Authorizations option.
- click on Authorize this computer
- Enter your password to confirm your decision, then click Authorize button or press Enter.
There you go, a Windows computer authorized for your iTunes account. If you change your mind and want to revoke authorization from the same machine, follow the first three steps above. Once you get to the Authorizations section, choose Unauthorize this computer instead.
Also see: How to start a podcast on iTunes
How to Authorize a macOS Computer
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You almost certainly have iTunes already installed on your macOS computer, and you’ll be happy to know that the authorization process is as simple as the above. You are relying on the account tab again and follow these steps:
- Open iTunes and sign in with your Apple ID.
- Go to the Account section of the menu bar at the top of your screen.
- Scroll down to it Authorizations section.
- Select Authorize this computer
- Enter your password and press Enter or click on it Authorize button.
Now you have authorized your macOS computer on iTunes. If you want to revoke the authorization of your mac, follow the first three steps above. Once you have reached Authorizations, choose Unauthorize this computer instead.
Check your authorizations
If you’ve tried unsuccessfully to authorize a device and iTunes keeps rejecting you, you may have reached your limit. As we said before, the authorized device limit is five, so you may have to remove an old laptop or desktop. You can easily check which devices you have authorized and we can help you update your authorizations.
The easiest way to check how many devices you have authorized is in the Computer Authorizations section of iTunes. It only shows if you have more than one authorized computer on iTunes, so that could be your first indicator. If you find that you have five authorized computers, you can select the Revoke All Permissions button to clear all five and manually re-authorize them.
Of course, you can also remove each device individually if you still have access to it. Here’s how to find the Computer Authorizations screen on both Windows and macOS.
Find computer authorizations
The steps are the same on both Windows and macOS if you want to find your current computer permissions. These are the steps to follow:
- Open iTunes and sign in with your Apple ID if you haven’t already.
- Navigate to the Account section of the menu bar.
- click on View my account and enter your password when prompted.
- Scroll to it Apple ID summary section of your account information. You should see Computer Authorizations as well as a number indicating your devices.
Manage your devices
Once you’ve found your list of authorized devices, it’s pretty easy to delete one or two of them to free up space. Again, the process is the same for both Windows and macOS, and you can follow most of the steps from the section above. Once you reach the Apple ID overview in your account, follow these steps:
- Scroll further down iTunes in the cloud where you should see Manage devices
- Click on the Manage devices button.
- Now you should see all your authorized Windows, macOS and iOS devices.
- Revoke the authorization of devices that you no longer use or can no longer access.
Please everything you should know about authorizing a computer on iTunes. You should be able to keep your devices under control without any problems.