Apple’s licensing system requires its users to allow computers on iTunes for access to as well as play content via iTunes. It isn’t possible to access the purchased content in the event that your device isn’t authorized to access iTunes. In this article we’ll show you how to enable iTunes for both Windows as well as Mac computers.
Why Authorize Computers on iTunes
The requirement to authorise the computer to access iTunes to access the digital content is designed to guard media businesses and content owners from unlicensed sharing of their digital assets.
Presently, Apple allows you to authorize up to five computers to use iTunes. This means it’s equally crucial to remove a computer’s authorization from iTunes before eliminating it. In the event that you don’t, Apple may treat your new device as a sixth computer and thus not eligible to use iTunes.
Note: iOS devices are not included in the activation count. You can own as many Apple TVs as iPads iPhones or iPods as you want. Apple TV devices accessing content through iTunes.
Steps to Authorize Computer on iTunes (Windows and Mac)
The process of authorizing a computer in iTunes is a relatively straight straightforward process, simply follow the steps listed below.
1. Make sure that you are running the most recent version of iTunes
Be sure your computer is running the most recent version of iTunes. You can download the most current version of iTunes on your PC by going to iTunes’s iTunes website.
2. Start iTunes to your personal computer
Start iTunes on your PC using the iTunes shortcut from your computer’s desktop.
3. Hold Down the Ctrl + B Keys
To authorize an Windows computer to access iTunes it is necessary to access a hidden menu on iTunes. The hidden menu can be opened by pressing the keys Ctrl as well as B simultaneously.
You will have noticed that the highlighted menu (in the image below) is not displayed when you visit iTunes from an Windows computer. You need to press the Ctrl + B keys simultaneously to get access to the Menu.
You may skip this step and go to step #4 if you’re trying to authorize an Mac computer.
4. Click on Store and then Authorize This Computer
Next, click Store to open the drop-down. From the drop-down menu, select the”Authorize” the Computer option.
5. Enter Apple ID and Password
The next step is to ask users to input an Apple ID and password. Enter the information required and then click Authorize.
Your computer has been licensed to access, view as well as play content through iTunes. You will be presented with a dialogue box that shows the number of computers been granted access to you Apple account.
If you’ve exceeded your limit of five computers, it’s time to deauthorize your computer from iTunes to make slots for the new machine that you’re trying to authorize through iTunes.