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How to manage your iTunes account on macOS Mojave and older

iTunes on the Mac
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If your computer uses macOS Mojave or earlier, these are the directions you need to manage your iTunes account on Mac. Your Apple ID is used for a lot of things in the Apple ecosystem, including syncing content in iCloud and making a purchase in iTunes, which can be accessed from multiple devices. Here's how to manage your Apple ID and iTunes account on your Mac.

Check out our newer guide if you're on macOS Catalina or later:

How to change your credit card and account information on your Mac

If you move or get a new credit card, you can manage your account information in iTunes on your Mac.

  1. Launch iTunes on your Mac.
  2. Click on Accounts in the app menu in the Menu Bar at the top of the screen.
  3. Click on View My Account.
  4. Sign in with your Apple ID and password.

Click on Account, then click on View My Account
  1. Click Edit next to Payment Type to change your credit card information.
  2. Click on Edit next to your billing address to change your address.
  3. Click on Change Country or Region to change the country or region your App Store is located.Note: You may have to cancel your Apple Music subscription, enter a new billing address, or change your credit card information if you change your App Store's country or region.

Click on Edit, click on Change Country or Region

How to see your purchase history on your Mac

You can see all of the App Store purchases you've ever made using your Apple ID from your purchase history. If you're anything like me, you have a lot of them.

  1. Launch iTunes on your Mac.
  2. Click on Accounts in the app menu in the Menu Bar at the top of the screen.
  3. Click on View My Account.
  4. Sign in with your Apple ID and password.

Click on Account, then click on View My Account
  1. Click See All to browse your purchase history.You can filter your search by month and year if you're looking for something specific.Click on the arrow next to a single-date purchase to see more details.

Click on See All, then click on the arrow next to a purchase date
  1. Click on Manage Gifts next to Gifts in your purchase history section to see what apps you've gifted to others.

Click on Manage Gifts

How to manage apps you've given permission to access Apple Music and your music library on Mac

As of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, Apple implemented a permission requirement for apps that want to access your device's media library. It makes it so we know, and have given express permission, to apps that want to access our Apple Music account, including music activity and media libraries. You can see which apps have permission, and revoke that access at any time in iTunes on the Mac.

  1. Launch iTunes on your Mac.
  2. Click on Accounts in the app menu in the Menu Bar at the top of the screen.
  3. Click on View My Account.
  4. Sign in with your Apple ID and password.

Click on Account, then click on View My Account
  1. Click on Manage next to App Permissions.
  2. Click on Revoke next to any apps that you no longer want to have access to Apple Music and your music library.

Click on Manage

How to change your Apple ID nickname on your Mac

You can change the name that appears when others see when you're reviewing apps and games in iTunes. This does not affect your Apple ID. It is only to change what name the public sees when you're posting reviews.

  1. Launch iTunes on your Mac.
  2. Click on Accounts in the app menu in the Menu Bar at the top of the screen.
  3. Click on View My Account.
  4. Sign in with your Apple ID and password.

Click on Account, then click on View My Account
  1. Click on Edit Nickname next to your nickname.
  2. Enter a new nickname.
  3. Click on Submit.

Click on Edit Nickname, then change the nickname and click on Submit

How to de-authorize devices associated with your Apple Music account on your Mac

You can have up to 10 devices associated with your Apple ID and Apple Music account. You'd be surprised at how fast you get up to 10. If you have an older device that you don't use anymore, you can de-authorize it, clearing up room for a new device you'd like to add.

  1. Launch iTunes on your Mac.
  2. Click on Accounts in the app menu in the Menu Bar at the top of the screen.
  3. Click on Authorizations.
  4. Click on Deauthorize this computer.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about managing your iTunes account on the Mac? Put them in the comments and we'll help you out.

Updated December 2019: Includes link to article for macOS Catalina.

Lory is a renaissance woman, writing news, reviews, and how-to guides for iMore. She also fancies herself a bit of a rock star in her town and spends too much time reading comic books.  If she's not typing away at her keyboard, you can probably find her at Disneyland or watching Star Wars (or both).

1 Comment
  • My friend is in a nasty divorce and her ex has control of her and her two children's iPhones with his apple ID and he will not give them up. She cannot update her iOS or any their apps and has now resorted to buying old phones for her children so they can have access. Is there a way to delete his accounts on these phones without his apple ID?