“Family is sharing and sharing is giving”. That is also the case with Family Sharing on iPhone. It lets you share iTunes and App Store purchases with members of the group.
Now, everyone in the group will have access to each other’s purchases. There will be no secret purchases of expensive apps anymore.
But if this is your first time hearing about Family Sharing on iPhone, we will help you catch on.
In this article, we will be sharing everything that you need to know about this Apple’s amazing feature called Family Sharing.
What Is Family Sharing On iPhone?
Family Sharing lets you share iTunes, App Store and iBooks purchases with everyone in the group. It makes it easier for a family (group) to share photo albums, calendars, and reminders.
So if Mom would like to remind everyone for a movie date, sending a reminder would just be in a snap.
Also, Family Sharing helps in tracing every member’s location because of the ‘Find My iDevice’ feature. Isn’t that amazing?
Family Sharing is highly favored by parents. This way, they can control what kinds of contents their children watch on their devices.
And there have been plenty of times wherein many parents are shocked to learn that their kids have made big purchases on App Store.
With Family Sharing on iPhone, that can be prevented. One adult – the organizer of the group, will be asked for her/his permission if there are attempted purchases on App Store and iTunes.
At the same time, you can also assign someone from the group to be one of the parents/guardians so they can give their permission as well.
Getting Started With Family Sharing On iPhone
How many members are allowed in Family Sharing?
Getting started with Family Sharing is relatively simple. One adult, known as the organizer of the group can list in up to five members.
So in total, there would be a maximum of people in every Family Sharing account.
Basically, the organizer controls the whole account. He/she can choose another parent/guardian, who usually is the spouse, for the account.
Finally, the organizer can also setup ages of each member of the family. That way, it would then be easier to restrict inappropriate contents.
How many limits in creating Family Sharing groups?
You have to remember that you can only create two Family Sharing account in a year.
So, if you happen to delete one account today, you can begin setting up another account one more time. After that, you will have to wait a calendar year to be able to setup another account.
But, you can always delete members of the group. And it is better that way than to delete the entire Family Sharing group, unless you do not have need for it anymore.
And when it comes to purchasing limits, you can only impose it to children (ages under 13). They will automatically have purchase restrictions under a child account.
Adults, anyone over the age of 18, can’t be imposed on purchasing limitations so yipee!
Setting Up Family Sharing On iPhone
Now that we have acquired the basic knowledge of Family Sharing, let us now proceed to knowing the ultimate guide on how to set it up.
How to setup Family Share On iPhone or iPad?
In setting up a Family Sharing group, it is important that the family organizer should be recognized. He/she is the one that will create the group.
Also, the family organizer is the one that will receive requests for purchases made by the children of the group.
And the most important thing is that he/she will agree on settling payments for purchases made both by adult or child.
After that is clear with everyone in the family, the organizer can now proceed to the steps on setting up Family Sharing on iPhone.
Step 1: Go to your Apple ID
Launch your iPhone Settings app, then click on your Apple ID banner on the topmost portion of the page.
Once you are already on your Apple ID account, tap on Family Sharing below.
Step 2: Get started with Family Sharing setup
Then, click on Get Started to start creating the group. Just click Continue to move forward of the process.
Step 3: Setup Payment details and list in family members
Click Continue to proceed to setting up payment details which can later be changed in your Settings.
After that, you can either share your location with your family or tap Not Now.
Then, you can start adding family members to the group by click on Add Family Member.
Step 4: Start adding family members
In order to be able to add a family member, start by typing in their names then tap on the person.
You will then be prompted with security code in order to verify that you are the group organizer.
And that is how you set up Family Sharing account on iPhone. Keep on adding members to the list until you reach the limit of five members.
How to accept Family Sharing invite?
Now that the organizer was successful in creating a Family Sharing group, it is now time for family members to accept the invite.
After the invite was sent by the organizer, family members will accept email notification and push notification on their devices regarding the invite.
Below are the steps on how you can accept it.
Step 1: Access your Apple ID
The first part of this method is to go to your Apple ID account. Launch your iPhone Settings and click on Apple ID banner.
Below, you will see that you have a notification for invitation. Tap the invitation and click Accept.
Step 2: Confirm Apple ID account
If you are using the correct Apple ID, click Confirm. But if you want to use another Apple ID you can do so by tapping ‘Not (your name’ or ‘Want to use a different ID?’
Then, tap Continue to share your purchases. You can then decide whether to share your location or not.
And that is how to become a part of the family!
How to assign a parent/guardian in the group?
Assigning a parent or a guardian to the group is up to the organizer. Also, he/she only has the access to do so.
On your Family Sharing settings, tap on the name of the member that you want to designate as a guardian. Then, toggle on Parent/Guardian to activate.
And that is how easy to setup parent/guardian in the group. That person will now receive notifications for purchase requests on any of your underage children.
If one is busy and can’t approve purchase request then the other one can. You just need only one approval then you are good to go!
You Are Now Part Of The Family
Our children can sometimes get carried away with App Store purchases, especially when they find amazing games.
They will just do anything to get their hands playing on it. And that is where Family Sharing on iPhone comes in handy.
Not only do you get to restrict inappropriate content on your children’s device, you also get to control the spending.
But if you are not yet members of the family, then this ultimate guide has definitely got you covered!
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