Family Sharing makes it easy for up to six family members to share App Store purchases, Apple subscriptions, an iCloud storage plan, and more—all without sharing an Apple ID. You can set up an Apple ID for kids, set permissions remotely with Screen Time, and approve spending and downloads from a parent’s device with Ask to Buy. You can also set up Apple Cash for a child or teen, or set them up with an Apple Watch.

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This week for TECH TUESDAY I have been asked how to setup Family Sharing and the advantages of using it.

In order to setup Family Sharing you need to first setup iCloud, Instructions here:

Setting up Family Sharing will give you better control over your kids devices and allow shared resources, including:

  • Sharing Purchases
  • Sharing Subscriptions (iCloud, Music, etc)
  • Sharing Location
  • Parental Controls
  • Set Purchase Limits and setup Ask to buy
  • View and limit spending using Apple Cash
  • Child Apple Watch (without needing a phone)

How to setup Family Sharing (iPhone/iPad)

  • Make sure your device is updated to the latest version
    • SettingsGeneralSoftware Update
  • Once the update is complete (this may take some time)
  • Go back to SettingsClick on your Name (at the top)
  • Click on Family Sharing
  • Follow the instructions onscreen to add Family members (the Parent who sets up Family Sharing will automatically become the Organizer)
    • NB. It will prompt you to need to create an Apple ID for each Family Member, if they don’t already have one, including Children

How to Accept Family Sharing Invitation

  • On the device of the invited Family member
  • Go back to SettingsClick on your Name (if there is no name you will need to login using the new Apple ID you created)
  • Click on Invitations
  • Follow the onscreen instructions

How to setup Family Sharing (Mac)

  • Make sure your device is updated to the latest version
    • System PreferencesSoftware Update
  • Once the update is complete (this may take some time)
  • Go back to System Preferences – iCloud – Family Sharing
  • Confirm the Apple ID
  • Select Share my Purchases
  • Follow the onscreen instructions

Edit / Add Members to Family Sharing

  • On your iPhone and iPad, go to SettingsClick on your NameFamily Sharing
  • On your Mac (Laptop or computer), go to System PreferencesiCloudManage Family (in the list on the left)

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