How to Authorize a Computer in iTunes on a Mac

All of the apps, music, movies and TV shows that you buy through iTunes are affiliated with your Apple ID. You can then link the iTunes installation on your computer with your Apple ID, which allows you to download iTunes content to that computer. In order to do this, however, you need to authorize your computer in iTunes. Fortunately this is a simple process that you can accomplish using the steps outlined below.


Mac OS X iTunes – Authorize a Computer

You can authorize up to five computers with your Apple ID. If all of your authorizations are used, you will need to deauthorize all of your computers before you can authorize another one. You can then simply reauthorize any computer that you want to use by following the steps outlined below.

Step 1: Launch iTunes.


Step 2: Click Store at the top of the screen.

click store at the top of the screen



Step 3: Select the Authorize this computer option.

select the authorize this computer option



Step 4: Enter your Apple ID and password when prompted.

enter your apple id and password



Step 5: You will then see a screen like the image below that tells you how many of your authorizations have been used.

how to authorize a computer in itunes on the mac



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