Getting set up is simple.
Create your Family Sharing group, invite members to join and enjoy each other’s digital company. Go to iCloud settings on your iOS device or Mac and tap “Set Up Family Sharing” to get started.
To get started, one adult in your household — the organiser — invites up to five additional family members and agrees to pay for any iTunes, iBooks and App Store purchases they initiate while part of the family group. Once family members join, the features of Family Sharing are set up on everyone’s devices automatically.
All your family’s purchases on all your family’s devices.
Everything’s better when shared, and sharing has never been easier. Once you’ve set up Family Sharing, all the songs, albums, movies, TV shows, books and apps ever purchased by family members are immediately available to everyone else in the group. And, of course, so are new purchases. The content appears automatically in the Purchased tab in iTunes, iBooks or the App Store for each family member. Just select the family member whose collection you’d like to browse, then download or play the content you choose. Other family members can access your collection in the same way. If you want to keep some purchases private, you can choose to hide individual items.
An Apple Music membership for everyone in your family.
With an Apple Music family membership, up to six people in your family can enjoy unlimited access to Apple Music on their devices. Everyone gets full, individual access to the Apple Music library, expert recommendations, on-demand radio stations and Beats 1 — our free, worldwide, 24/7 radio station. It’s the whole world of music for the whole family.1
Making purchases is easy. So is setting limits.
All new iTunes, iBooks and App Store purchases initiated by members will be billed to the family organiser’s account. But the organiser can still call the shots. Just turn on for children in the family. When a child initiates a purchase, an alert is sent to the organiser, who can review the download and approve or decline it right there on the organiser’s device. This applies to both purchases and free downloads.
The whole family can contribute to the family photo album.
Now collecting and sharing family memories is easier and more fun. When Family Sharing is turned on, a shared album is set up automatically in the Photos app on all family members’ devices. Then everyone can add photos, videos and comments to the album, and be notified when something new is added.
Now it’s easy to be one of those organised families.
Family Sharing creates a family calendar where everyone can view, add or change events and appointments, and they can also get an alert when something changes. And anyone can use the Reminders app to send time or location reminders to the family. So when it’s school photo day, pizza night or just a trip to the beach, everyone’s in the know.
Keep track of where everybody is.
When you join a Family Sharing group, you can start sharing your location with the rest of the family automatically. If you’re running late to a restaurant or need to know if your kid made it to band practice, just use Find My Friends or the Messages app to keep tabs on each other. If you need privacy, you can temporarily stop sharing your location by turning off “Share My Location” in iCloud settings.
Find everybody’s devices.
Finding your family’s lost devices is easier when everyone can help. With Family Sharing and Find My iPhone, any family member can help locate another member’s missing device. Their devices appear in a single list in the Find My iPhone app. So it’s easier than ever to track down a misplaced or stolen iPhone, iPad or Mac.
Kids under 13 can have an account too.
Kids under 13 can have their own Apple IDs. As a parent or legal guardian, the organiser creates the child’s Apple ID and adds the child to the family group. Ask to Buy is turned on by default, and the organiser can also limit the content kids have access to on their devices through Restrictions on an iOS device or parental controls in OS X and iTunes.