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Affinity Licensing, Registration and Activation Guide (Mac App Store)

Walk through the registration and activation of your Affinity V2 apps after a one-off purchase of a Universal V2 License or a single application license via the Mac App store.

Affinity V2 licensing

If you have bought an Affinity app, you will have bought a perpetual license to use that app. A perpetual license means that you can use your Affinity app forever.

Types of Affinity license

  • An Affinity V2 Universal License: A single license that allows you to use any Version 2 Affinity application (Designer, Photo and Publisher) on all three operating systems (macOS, Windows and iPadOS). You can buy this via an in-app purchase.
  • A single application license for macOS: one for each macOS application—Designer, Photo and Publisher.

All downloads are free and will offer a 30-day trial on start-up, as well as the option to purchase a perpetual license. For each application, Designer, Photo and Publisher, you can only have one 30-day trial of our software (see Trialling Affinity apps).

Mac App Store - purchasing

We’ll use Affinity Designer 2 as an example case, where we’ll focus on purchasing a Universal License, but you can choose a single application license instead (see Registering a single application license).

MAS1: Activate, Try or Buy screen.
  1. In the Want to purchase box, select BUY NOW.
MAS2: Purchase options screen.
  1. In the Affinity V2 Universal License box, select BUY NOW.
MAS3: Apple ID sign-in screen.
  1. Enter your Apple ID and select Buy. This is your usual Mac App Store login you use for purchases.
  2. Select Buy, and then Buy in the Confirmation screen.
Tip: The restoring purchases option is used to reinstate your purchase made in the Mac App Store. See Restoring purchases.

Mac App Store - registration

Registering a Universal License

After installation and purchase of your app, you’ll need to register your purchased Affinity V2 Universal License to an Affinity ID, or else you can’t receive any of the multi-app cross-platform benefits (see Benefits of registration). You register using an existing or new Affinity ID.

Tip: Always complete registration using the app you purchased the Universal Licence in. Your Universal License is not automatically shared with the other Affinity V2 apps being installed, so you’ll need to complete registration of your first app, then swap to the other apps to activate their licenses using the same Affinity ID as that used in the first installed app.

After purchasing, you can register using a new or existing Affinity ID by following the on-screen prompts.

To register the first app (new Affinity ID):

MAS4: Registration screen.
  1. Select CREATE FREE ACCOUNT.
  2. Across the next few pages, provide your email address, first/last names, account type and country.
  3. You’ll be asked to create a secure password to protect your Affinity ID. After entering it, select Show to confirm what you typed. After revealing what you typed, you can copy it to the Clipboard and paste it into your password manager. Select Continue.
  4. Choose whether to stay informed about news and offers, and confirm you’ve read the terms and conditions and privacy policy.
  5. Select Create Affinity ID.
  6. In the email that confirms your account’s creation, select Verify email address.
  7. If the email does not arrive, return to the registration window. After a period of inactivity, it will present options to resend the verification email or change your account’s email address, e.g. in case you made a typo.
  8. Select Continue Registration, to confirm your registration is complete.
MAS5: Successful Registration screen.

Your app is successfully registered.

Tip: Choosing Not Now will cancel registration and open the app directly. You can register in app in various ways. See Other ways to register.

To register the first app (existing Affinity ID):

If you already have an Affinity ID, i.e. an Affinity account, you can activate the app and any other apps by logging in using the Registration screen.

MAS6: Registration screen (existing Affinity ID).
  1. Select EXISTING CUSTOMER? SIGN IN.
MAS7: Affinity sign-in screen.
  1. Enter your existing Affinity ID and Password details and select SIGN IN.
MAS8: Successful Registration screen.

Your app is successfully registered.

To activate your other apps’ licensing:

Now you’ve successfully registered your first app, you can swap to each of your other apps (e.g., Affinity Publisher) and activate their licences in turn, connecting the same Universal License to all apps in the process.

MAS9: Activate, Try or Buy screen in another app (Affinity Publisher).
  1. On startup, click ACTIVATE.
  2. On the License Activation screen, enter the Affinity ID used previously.
  3. Repeat for your other app.

Registering a single application license

If you buy a single application license from the Mac App Store, creating an Affinity ID and registering your app with Affinity is optional, though recommended.

The purchase and registration process is the same as for a Universal License, except there are no considerations for registering multiple apps under a single license.

MAS10: Purchase options screen.
  1. In the Affinity Designer 2 box, Affinity Photo 2 box or Affinity Publisher 2 box, select BUY NOW.
  2. Follow the registration process as laid out previously for creating a new Affinity ID or using an existing one.

Benefits of registration

There are a several benefits to registering your license, including:

  • For a Universal License: the ability to use all Affinity V2 apps on any platform
  • Stream add-ons bought from the Affinity Store straight to your apps
  • Stream free content from us, such as these brushes
  • Choose whether to stay informed about our news and offers

Other ways to register

If you’ve skipped registration, you can register from within each Affinity app using the Account option via File>New (Account button) or directly from the the Toolbar (desktop only).

Once you have registered your software you do not need to remain logged in to use the software or receive updates.

Volume licensing

Business & Education licensing may be sold with Version 2 Activation Passwords which determine the terms of the license, from extended trials to perpetual licenses. You can use the Activation Password within the application to activate your license. Contact the sales department support team if you need assistance with this.

Updates of licensed products

Once you purchase a perpetual license, the app works indefinitely on your computer. The Mac App Store will serve the latest release builds on that platform. We release updates to our software regularly, and all version 2.x updates are free for Version 2 licensed customers.

Trialling Affinity apps

When you next start a different Affinity Version 2 application, you can immediately sign-in to your Affinity ID to activate your license, or you can start a trial and sign-in later. Activating a license will then change the trial into a retail version. If you don’t sign-in to your account, you will be prompted to purchase again, even though you have technically bought a license. This is due to limitations with the Mac App Store that are beyond our control. However, by registering your Affinity V2 Universal License in your Affinity account it will then allow you to use your license on any Affinity V2 application on any operating system, including iPadOS, via the Activate prompt.

Deactivation of your licenses

The Deactivate this Device option shown on your Account page will sign you out of your account and deactivate your licensing. For Universal Licenses, other apps will also no longer be registered on the device when the option is selected. This returns you to your post-purchase, pre-licensing stage.

Troubleshooting activation and registration

Canceling the registration process

At any point during registration you can cancel the process by clicking Not Now at the bottom of the screen.

Restoring purchases

What does Restore Purchases mean?

This lets you reconnect to the store to reinstate your purchase in readiness to complete registration. This may be needed after setting up a new device such as a new Mac or iPad.

What if Restore Purchase doesn’t work

If you’ve purchased a Universal License but haven’t completed registration in the app you purchased the Universal License in, pressing Restore Purchases in another Affinity 2 app will not work as you can’t restore purchases between different apps. You need to complete registration in the first app and then sign into the other apps with your Affinity ID.

Entering the correct Affinity ID details

Affinity ID credentials are distinct from any Affinity Forum account credentials. However, you can make the Affinity ID credentials the same as those used to access the Affinity Forum, but they will remain unrelated.

Your license reference (e.g., L79743RH6GDHC) should not be used as your Affinity ID. This has to be an active email address so Affinity can send you a validation link via email.

Registering with multiple Affinity IDs

If you see this error message:

The in-app purchase registration failed because the receipt has already been registered.

The registration process has already been completed to one Affinity ID. It is not possible to then use that same purchase to register against a second Affinity ID.


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