This article will teach you How to authorize your computer on iTunes that will also help you to fix “Can’t authorize my computer on iTunes” error. This article is written by testing and authorizing Mac or personal computer with iTunes manually and was working completely fine while writing this article.
Before I explain an authorization part, let me tell you why it is require to authorize your computer on iTunes?
Apple’s most of the products including iTunes store revolved around digital rights management (DRM) which ensures that no content is pirated or used by people other than the individual who paid for it. The DRM setup requires users to authorize computers to their iTunes store to be able to uses the content the individual bought. Every time you choose to access of content/applications or music files downloaded from iTunes, you will have to sign in to your iTunes account. If you haven’t authorized your system already, you will receive an alert message asking you for a valid sign-in.
Authorizing iTunes on your computer or a Mac is necessary to access any type of content, ranging from music to TV shows, iOS applications, eBooks etc downloaded via iTunes store associated with your account. Now every iTunes account allows you to connect a maximum of 5 computers/devices. If you already authorized 5 PCs or Mac, you will have to de-authorize them to authorize additional device.
If you are looking to authorize your first iTunes purchase on your computer system, here’s how to go about it.
Before you start authorizing process first time, download and install latest version of iTunes from official Apple website. Once the installation process is complete in your Mac system, just open the “Authorize this computer” dialogue with your Apple user ID and password. If you don’t know where to get the dialogue, just try to play any content through the DRM and you will be taken through the process.
Alternatively, this option can be accessed on iTunes > Store > Authorize this Computer.
On clicking authorize after providing your user ID and password, the iTunes store will sync your system with your downloads. The authorization might take up to a few minutes depending upon the number of hamsters powering the iTunes Store at that instance. In case you come across a situation where iTunes has locked up completely, Ctrl-click the dock icon to initiate a Force Quit and try signing in again.
On successful authorization of your computer, you will be able to see a representative dialogue box along with all the other systems/devices that are linked to your iTunes account. A single computer may also be used to authorize multiple iTunes accounts. This is relevant if you are sharing system with other members in your family.
Step 1: Go to iTunes > Store > Authorize this Computer
If you are using other personal computer and want to authorize iTunes with your computer, kindly follow below simple steps:
Few useful tips:
De-authorizing a computer is recommended when you stopped using a computer or selling them to someone else. Simply go to Store Menu and deauthorize this Computer option which require to login with the credential used while authorizing the computer with iTunes. Here is the screenshot:
If you are still facing any issues while authorizing an iTunes with your Mac or Personal computer, do write here with the error you are facing while authorizing your computer with iTunes and we will get back to you with best possible solution to it.
Nitin is an iOS application developer with over 4.5 years of experience in developing native application for iPhone, iPad and iMac devices. He loves writing about Apple products and shares his views on different aspect of it.