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The error Adobe device activations reached, which may occur when loading the SimplyE app on a mobile phone or tablet indicates that a particular "user" account in the Circulation Manager has been too many devices activated. This is an error resulting from Adobe's DRM licensing scheme. In the case of SimplyE, the "user" is known in the Circulation Manager by a unique identifier, which the Circulation Manager uses when communicating with an Adobe licensing server. Adobe allows each user to "activate" a total of six devices to access DRM-protected content. Theactivations reached error occurs most often when a user uninstalls the SimplyE app from a mobile device without logging out of the accounts she has created to library collection(s) in SimplyE. Users sometimes uninstall and reinstall the app as a potential way to resolve app issues. But doing so burns a device activation each time.

If your library has a user who has encountered the error, the steps below enable you to reset their account in the Circulation Manager so they can continue to use the SimplyE service. However, there is a caveat with the process: in this reset process, the unique identifier tying the specific user to the books she has borrowed from the library is lost upon reset. Therefore, once the account is reset, the user cannot:

  • access currently borrowed materials
  • access holds placed on items
  • access bookmarks created for books borrowed

Do be sure to explain this to the user before resetting their user account.

Steps to Reset Account ID

To reset a user's Adobe account ID follow the one of the options below for your version of the Circulation Manager:

Command Line (Version 2.2.9 or earlier):

  1. reset adobe ID (either using `adobe_account_id_reset` 

Admin Interface

or the web interface at

Patron Steps to Re-Install the App (TODO: Finish below)

After resetting the account in the Circulation Manager, the patron needs to follow these steps to be able to use the app again

  1. Log out of the library account in the SimplyE app
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    2. bbb
  2. Clear the app cache and data as shown below

Patron Steps Upgrading or Re-Installing the App

Because of the potential for 

3. clear app cache and data (instructions above) if on android
4. log in to simplye
other nitpicky information just in case it helps:

When you reset your Adobe ID, all existing loans become unfulfillable if they were ever fulfilled with that Adobe ID.
So you will still not be able to download books you borrowed before the reset

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