It looks like Google may have lifted the de-authorization limit for Google Play Music

It looks like Google may have lifted the de-authorization limit for Google Play Music
Earlier this summer, we shared news that Google had imposed a limit on the number of devices you could de-authorize from your Google Play Music account every year.  Google had imposed a limit back in 2012, four de-auths per year.  Grumbling from the masses saw Google reverse the policy, only to reinstate it again this past August (or thereabouts).

For most people, a limit like this would not pose much of a problem, except that if you were to reset your device, Google might create a duplicate profile in Google Play, taking an extra spot out of ten available to you.

Today, word got out that perhaps Google has changed its mind again, as we are seeing note around the internet that folks (including some here at PhoneArena), have been able to de-authorize more devices out of their Google Play Music device management, even though they had previously hit the four device limit earlier this year.

What is not clear is if this is a change in policy, a grace period, or a software glitch, because as far as we can tell, the four device de-authorization limit is still written in the policy on Google’s support page. In the event that it is a glitch, and you want to do some housecleaning, this may be a good time to dig in and clear things out. Simply open Google Play Music on your Android device, select “Settings,” then “My devices.”

Let us know if you were able to de-authorize more devices if you had previously hit the limit.

source: Android Central



1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I don't understand, what's "de-authorization?"...

2. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Max 10 devices allowed for your account, too many and you'll have to kick some out, limit 4 per a period of time. Stupid policy, yes. But its all the MAFIAA's fault for it in the first place.

3. egbtmagus

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

They have not had the limit for a LONG time, I go through 15+ phones a year and have never been limited in over a year on de-authorizing android devices.

4. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes, they did. The reinstated it a month or two ago. If this is true, it's good news. It was a stupid rule anyway which would not affect piracy in any way whatsoever.

5. TheosoftWebDesignCochin

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Its a Good News from here about de-authorization limit for Google Play Music. Thanks for sharing a pretty

6. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

No Google Play Music avaliable for my country, , no problems.

7. Paximos

Posts: 282; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

As soon as they had this policy, deleted all my music and have not used it since. If you have a way of de-authorizing more than four, let me know because I just tried it and it only allowed me to de-authorize four. It does not matter though as I will not use the service anyway.

8. ez31k

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

I agree.. Its not right. I flash Roms almost 1 a week just to try them out.. Since PA posted this I haven't used google music since on any of my devices.. I might as well just cancel my subscription and use Pandora... :/

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