Do you sign in to your Apple ID on many different devices, say your iPhone, several Macs, a few Windows machines, an old PC, an old iPhone or iPad or two, or even an Android device? If so, you can check the number of devices associated with your account and remove any device you no longer use or own.
Generally, when you sign in with your Apple account on a device and use it to make purchases or activate subscriptions, the device is associated with your Apple ID. While you don’t need to pair a new device to purchase content or download new purchases, you may need to remove those paired devices if you reach a particular limit set by Apple or are unable to redownload purchases. from iTunes or the App Store. You may also need to do this if you sell it or give it to someone.
Are you trying to figure out how you can view all your devices associated with an Apple ID in the first place? And how do you remove devices you no longer need or want to pair? That’s what we cover here.
How to remove devices associated with an Apple ID from Windows and Mac
The following procedure is identical for Mac and PC, except that you will be using the Apple Music app on macOS and itunes software under Windows. Whichever software you use, you must be signed in with your Apple ID. Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at the necessary steps.
- Open the iTunes/Apple Music app on your respective device and click “Account” on the menu bar.
- Then select “View My Account” from the drop-down menu. You will only find this option if you are logged into the application. Otherwise, you will need to log in first from this same menu.
- Now you will be prompted to enter your Apple ID password for verification. Click “Connect” when finished.
- This will take you to your Apple ID account settings. Here, scroll down to the “Downloads & Purchases” section and click on “Manage Devices” as shown in the screenshot below.
- Here you will find the list of all devices that have been associated with your Apple account so far. To unpair, click on the “Remove” option located next to each device.
That’s all we can say about it. Now you know how to remove linked devices for purchases on Windows PC and Mac.
In some cases, you may notice that the Remove option is grayed out for one or more of your paired devices. This is because there is a 90-day cool-down period before you can associate these devices with another Apple account. You will be able to see how many devices are left before you can pair that device again here.
This is done intentionally by Apple to discourage users from re-downloading music and other purchases from a different account on the same device. You can have a maximum of ten devices associated with your Apple ID at a time. However, only five of these devices can be computers, whether it is a Mac or a Windows PC.
We would like to point out that this list of devices is not the same as the list of devices signed in with your Apple ID. Managing and deleting devices connected to an Apple ID is a completely different procedure. Nor are the same computers authorized to play content purchased with your Apple ID. You can learn more about deauthorizing computers in iTunes here. Granted, pairing and associated devices can be a bit confusing, but if you’re getting rid of an old computer or device, you’ll want to go through this process of unpairing.
Were you able to remove all old devices that you had previously associated with your Apple account? How many paired devices did you have when you checked out? Have you reached the maximum limit? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below.