Family Sharing.
Share your favourite things
with your favourite people.

Family Sharing makes it easy for up to six family members to share iTunes and App Store purchases, an Apple Music family plan and now an iCloud storage plan. Your family can also share a photo album and a family calendar, and even help locate each others’ missing devices.

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Getting set up is simple.

Choose the features you want to share, invite your family members to join and enjoy each other’s digital company.

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  • Emily Parker


  • Meg Parker

    Age 15

  • Jimmy Parker

    Age 12

  • Olivia Parker

    Age 8

Get organised.

One adult in your household — the organiser — chooses the features your family will share and invites up to five additional family members to join. Your family can share iTunes and App Store purchases, an Apple Music family plan, a single iCloud storage plan and more. Once family members join, Family Sharing is set up on everyone’s devices automatically.

Learn how to set up Family Sharing

Share an iCloud storage plan with your family.

Now you can share an iCloud storage plan with your entire family. Choose a 200GB or 2TB plan to give everyone enough space to store photos, videos, documents and more. When you share a storage plan, other family members won’t have access to your information unless you want to share it. It’s easy to see how much everyone is using and you can upgrade to a larger plan at any time.

Shareable with family
Shareable with family

All your family’s purchases on all your family’s devices.

When you set up purchase sharing, the songs, albums, movies and apps 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 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.

  • Music
  • Movies
  • Apps

Making purchases is easy. So is setting limits.

When your family sets up purchase sharing, all new iTunes and App Store purchases will be billed to the organiser’s account. But the organiser can still call the shots. Just turn on Ask to Buy 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 from the organiser’s device. This applies to both purchases and free downloads.

Learn how to turn on Ask to Buy

They ask to buy.

Before your children can make a purchase, they must ask your permission.

You reply from anywhere.

A notification appears on your device. You can review the request, then approve or decline it.

An Apple Music plan for everyone in your family.

With an Apple Music family plan, up to six people in your family can enjoy unlimited access to Apple Music on their devices. Everyone gets full access to the Apple Music library, with over 45 million songs. And each family member gets a private account with a personal music library and expert recommendations. It’s the whole world of music for the whole family.1

Keep track of where everybody is.

With Family Sharing, 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.

Learn about location sharing

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.

Keep your family on the same page.

When you set up your family, a shared album is created automatically in the Photos app on all family members’ devices. Everyone can add photos, videos and comments to the album whenever they like and get notified when something new is added. Family Sharing also sets up a family calendar where everyone can view, add or change events and appointments, and 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, curry night or a trip to the beach, everyone’s in the know.

  • Photos
  • Calendar

Kids under 13 can have an account too.

Kids under 13 can have their own Apple IDs.3 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 macOS and iTunes.

Learn how to create an Apple ID for your child