How to Deauthorize an Old Computer in iTunes

If you’ve sold or given away a computer, or if it’s died, you may want to deauthorize it to remove it from your iTunes Store account. You can’t do this for a specific computer, but you can deauthorize all your computers.

In iTunes, choose Account > View My Account. Enter your Apple ID and password, and you’ll see an Account Information page. Look on that page for the Computer Authorizations section.

Deauthorize all

This tells you have many computers have been authorized to use your iTunes Store account. However, it doesn’t tell you which ones.

Click Deauthorize All to deauthorize all your computers, whether you’re currently using them, or you’ve sold them, given them away, or retired them.

You’ll need to reauthorize the computers you’re still using; just start playing any content from the iTunes Store to display a dialog asking you to do this.

2 thoughts on “How to Deauthorize an Old Computer in iTunes

  1. I’ve never understood why they can’t or won’t show the individual computers. When my ex kicked me out of our home and kept the PC I’d just bought and which was still associated with my Apple ID, I had to do this, when all I needed to do was deauthorise that PC. It feels a little like using a howitzer to swat a fly.

  2. I’ve never understood why they can’t or won’t show the individual computers. When my ex kicked me out of our home and kept the PC I’d just bought and which was still associated with my Apple ID, I had to do this, when all I needed to do was deauthorise that PC. It feels a little like using a howitzer to swat a fly.

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