Lately Google Play Music is getting more and more popular thanks to free songs given away each day, the All Access unlimited music subscription, and more, but sometimes users run into a problem where they’re using Google Music on too many devices. Here we explain how to remove or deauthorize devices from Google Play Music.
Even the new YouTube Music Key subscription is tapping into Google Music getting more and more Android and iOS owners using the service, and some are running into issues. As of now, Google allows 10 different devices to stream music from the Google Play Music service. Whether that be smartphones, laptops, tablets, or your home PC.
The problem is if you’ve reset a device and re-sign into your Google Play Music, that device is now taking two spots of the 10, not to mention if you’ve upgraded smartphones and tablets more than a few times in the past year or so. Previously Google only allowed four devices to be removed each year to prevent abuse, but back in October they lifted that limit.
It’s our music, and we should be able to access it from whatever device whenever we want, especially if we’re paying for unlimited All Access music. Thankfully the deauthorization system is fairly easy and straight forward, not to mention the removal of only four devices a year has been lifted. I’ve filled up my 10 device limit three times over, but I use more devices than most.
So if you’ve reached your device limit on Google Play Music and need to remove some old devices that are no longer in use, here’s how to do so. There are a few ways, but doing it on your smartphone, or from a computer are the easiest way.
The easiest way is simply though the Google Play Music app on your smartphone or tablet. Start by opening Google Music, then for Android tapping the three lines on the top left for the slide-out menu. From here select Settings > and then “My Devices“.
As you can see above the settings menu is rather easy to understand, and you’ll just have to scroll down to access the area that says my devices. Once here, you’ll see a list of the 10 devices currently accessing and using Google Play Music. If there is an old device you no longer use or own, or even a duplicate device (like two Galaxy S4’s) listed, choose the oldest last used and delete it.
All you’ll need to do is simply tap the X on the right of any given device, and you’ll be prompted to remove and deauthorize it from using Google Play Music. Do this for any smartphones, tablets, laptops, PCs, or other devices that may be using your Google Music that you no longer need.
Users can also do this very quickly and easily right from a web browser on any computer, or even from your smartphone. Start by going to Google Play Music Settings menu from a browser, scroll down to My Devices, and just deauthorize anything from this list too.
It works the same as the method above right inside the app, but just says deauthorize and will give you a similar prompt before you continue. Once done this should be effective immediately and you’ll be able to launch Google Play Music on a new smartphone or tablet, and listen to your music without worry.
It’s worth noting that the iOS version of Google Play Music still doesn’t have the option to remove devices from the list, so use with caution for now. For everyone else or those with Android, follow any of the steps above and you’re all set.