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Deauthorizing the iTunes account on an old computer

Category : Blog, Mac Tips · by Roxx Marino Jul 7th, 2012

Deauthorizing the iTunes account on an old computer

This can be filed among several similar “I have/inherited/know about Computer X that is authorized with my Apple ID and I’m unable to deauthorize it” conundrums that routinely scoot across my desk.

It’s generally considered bad form when playing a board game to grab the aforementioned board and throw it and its accompanying pieces into the air. However, in this case, I heartily recommend it. And by that I mean rather than spending hours trying to elevate this computer to a state where it and the iTunes Store see eye-to-eye, you’re better off starting over. And by that I mean resetting all your authorizations and then reauthorizing just those computers that you currently use.

This is easily done. On the computer you currently use launch iTunes. You will see your Apple ID in the top-right of this window—, for instance. Click on your ID and in the resulting dialog box, enter your iTunes password and click the View Account button.

In the Account Information pane that appears, seek out the Computer Authorizations area. Here you’ll find the number of computers that are authorized to use your Apple ID—your ancient iBook is one of them. Next to this entry is a Deauthorize All button. Click it to do exactly what it says. All your computers will be deauthorized

Click this button to wipe out all your iTunes authorizations

At one time this button didn’t become visible until you’d used all five of your allowed authorizations. This is no longer the case. However, you’re still limited to deauthorizing all of your computers to just once a year. If you do it today, you must wait a year before you’re allowed to do it again.

Now, as needed, authorize the computers you currently use by choosing Store -> Authorize computer.

by Christopher Breen