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Sharing in Apple family on iOS and macOS: complete guide

Sharing in Apple family on iOS and macOS: complete guide

IOS family sharing

The success of the iPhone has led to a huge spread of this device within families. Aware of this fact, Apple has thought well to introduce a function as simple as useful for some time, called Sharing in the family. This feature, available for owners of iOS and macOS devices (therefore iPhone, iPad and Mac), allows you to share movies, books, photos, music, apps, iCloud storage space and much more. In this way, the members of a family do not need to purchase the same content twice (for example an application), but can take advantage of the "In family" to use the contents each on their own personal device.

If you have never used this function on your iPhone, iPad or Mac or you would simply like to know all the advantages and how it works Sharing in the family, then I advise you to continue reading this article. In fact, it lists all the contents that can be shared, with a simple guide to activate the sharing of each one, saving so much money.

Sharing in iOS and macOS family

With Sharing in Apple Family you can share different activities with five other members of your family, with significant advantages that can be grouped into four macro-areas:

  • Purchase sharing.
  • Apple Music.
  • ICloud space.
  • Share photos, reminders, calendars and location.

The family organization of Sharing in the family

in the Apple family

The key concept to understand in Sharing in the family that there must be a family member who is responsible for organizing and managing all the family accounts. This person is responsible for adding family members and sharing their credit card so that all other members can shop with it.

ATTENTION: members of Sharing in the family they cannot decide to use their credit card to make purchases, but they can only use that of the group organizer. If a member does not want to use the shared credit card, then he must purchase one iTunes card and upload the credit to your Apple ID.

As already mentioned, Sharing in the family includes a maximum total of six accounts (the organizer plus five other accounts).

Add a member via iOS

If you want to add a member to your family via an iOS device, do the following:

  • Go to Settings and select the first result containing yours name and surname.
  • Now select the item In family.
  • If you have never activated this function, follow the wizard to enable family sharing. By doing so, you will be the manager of your family's group.
  • Now to add new members select the item Add family member.
  • By clicking on each family member, you can decide to enable permissions for the person in question Parent / Guardian. Members with these privileges can approve the purchase of apps or other content to children who have been added to family sharing.

Add a member through macOS

You can also add new members via a Mac. The steps to do the following:

  • Go to System Preferences -> iCloud and on the left sidebar select Manage family.
  • If you have never activated this function, follow the wizard to enable family sharing. By doing so, you will be the manager of your family's group.
  • Now to add a new member, click on the button + placed at the bottom left.
  • By clicking on each family member, you can decide to enable permissions for the person in question Parent / Guardian. Members with these privileges can approve the purchase of apps or other content to children who have been added to family sharing.

Share purchases

The most important function, and also the main reason why it becomes convenient to use Sharing in the family, sharing purchases made on iTunes, iBooks Store and App Store. Thus, if someone in the family purchases an application on the App Store, for example, all the other members of Sharing in the family they will be able to download it for free on their iOS and macOS devices.

family shopping

There is an important aspect of those who register for Family Sharing. Every time someone in the family buys something, the invoice is sent to the person who created the group and the payment is made through the credit card inserted during the activation of the service. For example, if a father activates Sharing in the family with his son, every time the son makes a purchase, the money is taken from the father's credit card.

See the purchases of other family members on iOS

On iOS devices it is possible to see the app purchases of other members through the application App Store or share apps with the family.

  • Start the application App Store.
  • Click on tab Updates and then on your photo at the top right (next to the writing Updates).
  • Now select the item Shopping.
  • The list of family members will open. Select one of the members to see the apps they have downloaded or purchased. In this screen you can also decide to start the free download of the desired content by clicking on the cloud icon next to the name of the app.

See the purchases of other family members on macOS

Also on macOS see the list of contents purchased by other family members very simple.

  • Start the application App Store.
  • Access the tab Buy.
  • At the top left select the item My purchases to see the list of other family members. Select one to see the apps he purchased for macOS.
  • In the list of apps you can download content for free by selecting the button Download.

In-App purchases cannot be shared

Unfortunately, In-App purchases cannot be shared with other family members. This is a big limitation, as many apps allow you to unlock all the features through an In-App purchase. In this particular case, family members are forced to purchase the same content twice.

Family Sharing can be used with accounts from the same country

If you had the great idea to activate the Sharing in the family with your American account to download apps not present in Italy, better if you set aside your plans. In fact, Apple allows you to activate Sharing in the family only with accounts from the same country.

What happens if you leave the "family"?

important to note that if a family member quits Sharing in the family, the content you have decided to purchase remains stored between purchases, even if they were paid for via the shared card.

Family members can hide content

If a family member wants to prevent other members from downloading certain content that has been purchased, you can do so by hiding it. To hide content on iOS just access the tab purchased in the App Store, swipe left on content to hide and press the button Hide.

Ask for permission before buying

buy in the Apple family

Another very important function of Sharing in the family Ask to buy. The purpose of this feature is to allow family organizers to approve any purchase or free download of children. This is an additional option, but undoubtedly very useful for controlling children's expenses. If enabled in the family member's account, a notification will be sent every time a child wants to buy a product.

The organizer of the family can approve or decline the request directly from his device. The organizer of the family can also promote other members to the role of supervisor, as indicated in the paragraph understand the family organization of Sharing in the family.

Apple ID for kids

If you have a child under the age of 13, Apple has implemented a system where the family organizer can create an Apple ID for the child. By doing this, the child will not be able to leave the "Family" until the age of 13 and all his purchases or downloads will have to be approved.

The creation of an Apple ID for a child must be done by the organizers of the "Family".

  • From an iOS device go to Settings and select the first result containing your name and surname.
  • To select In family -> Add family member and click on Create an Apple ID for your child.
  • Follow the wizard to complete the operation.

Share Apple Music with the family

Through Sharing in the family can also share the subscription of Apple Music family. Those who subscribe to the service can choose two types of subscription: the personal plan at the cost of 9.99 per month or a shared plan at the cost of 14.99. To share the subscription of Apple Music do the following. The procedure must be carried out by the "Family" organizer.

Share Apple Music family subscription via iOS

This is the procedure for sharing Apple Music via iOS.

  • From an iOS device go to Settings and select the first result containing your name and surname.
  • Select In family and scroll down the page.
  • Click on Apple Music. On this page you will see the currently active subscription (if any) or you have the option to activate one. In the first case, select the item Change plan to switch from a personal to a shared subscription. If you have never activated the service, follow the guided procedure and select the shared subscription.

Share Apple Music family subscription via macOS

Through macOS the steps to follow are these.

  • Go to System Preferences -> iCloud and on the left sidebar select Manage family.
  • Select My apps and services.
  • Click on Apple Music. On this page you will see the currently active subscription (if any) or you have the option to activate one. In the first case, select the item Change plan to switch from a personal to a shared subscription. If you have never activated the service, follow the guided procedure and select the shared subscription.

Share iCloud space

You can also share additional iCloud storage space through Sharing in the family. You can choose between 200GB at 2.99 / month or 2TB at 9.99 / month that will be shared among all family members to store photos, videos, documents and much more. Although the storage space is shared, each member can only see and access their personal data.

To share the storage plan iCloud do the following. The procedure must be carried out by the "Family" organizer.

Share iCloud storage plan via iOS

This is the procedure for sharing the iCloud storage plan via iOS.

  • From an iOS device go to Settings and select the first result containing your name and surname.
  • Select In family and scroll down the page.
  • Click on Space iCloud. On this page you will see the currently active subscription (if any) or you have the option to activate one. In the first case, select the item Change plan to switch from a personal to a shared subscription. If you have never activated the service, follow the guided procedure and select the shared subscription.

Share iCloud storage plan via macOS

Through macOS the steps to follow are these.

  • Go to System Preferences -> iCloud and on the left sidebar select Manage family.
  • Select My apps and services.
  • Click on ICloud space. On this page you will see the currently active subscription (if any) or you have the option to activate one. In the first case, select the item Change plan to switch from a personal to a shared subscription. If you have never activated the service, follow the guided procedure and select the shared subscription.

Share photos, calendars, reminders and location

Sharing in the Apple family it also incorporates photo sharing, calendar events, reminders and location through Find my iPhone is Find my friends. Technically none of these are a new feature, but use them before iOS 8 it was much more complicated.

share the location

Sharing in the family simplifies all this and automatically creates a shared photo stream to share photos and videos with other family members, as well as shared calendars and reminders. Excellent function.

Sharing in the Apple family an excellent function that allows us to share our digital life with other family members. If you want more information on this service, I recommend you visit the official Apple website of the service.