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What is Family Sharing?
Family Sharing is a feature on Apple devices that allows a group of people to share content with each other. This can be useful if you have a family and you want to share photos, music, or even apps with each other. You can also use Family Sharing to create a shared family calendar, and to locate family members’ devices.
What are the benefits of Family Sharing?
Family Sharing is a great way for up to six family members to share app, music, movie, TV, and book purchases, as well as an iCloud storage plan. It also makes it easy to keep everyone’s calendar and contacts in sync, and helps family members locate each other using Find My iPhone. Plus, any time a family member starts a new Apple Music or Apple Arcade subscription, the whole family can enjoy it.
How to set up Family Sharing
With Family Sharing, it’s easy to share yourlocation with family members in Find My Friends, share photos and videos, and participate in Shared Albums. You can also help locate each other’s missing devices. If your device has iOS 8 or later, you can set up Family Sharing from your device. If you have an iPhone, iPad, ipod touch with iOS 7 or earlier, or if you can’t use iCloud on your device, set up Family Sharing using iTunes.
Here’s what you need to set up Family Sharing:
-An iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 8 or later or a Mac with OS X Yosemite or later
-A apple id signed in to iCloud and the iTunes & App Stores
-Another adult in your family who will manage the account (the “family organizer”) and who also has an Apple ID
To set up Family Sharing on your device:
1. Tap Settings > iCloud.
2. Tap Set Up Family Sharing. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, tap iCloud > Set Up Family Sharing.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen to invite family members to join your family group.
Once you set up Family Sharing, everyone in your family group will have access to each other’s content in the following apps:
-iTunes Store: Share music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books that are eligible for Family Sharing.* You can also see which content each family member has purchased in their own iTunes Store account by tapping their name. Each family member will still have a separate account for their content with their own password protection. The family organizer pays for any content that families share together.*Apps that aren’t eligible for purchase sharing won’t appear in shared lists.*Paid subscriptions that become free trials or Introductory Pricing periods as a result of switching to theFamily Membership plan won’t work for other family members until the free trial or Introductory Pricing period ends.*If you upgrade to a paid subscription from a free trial or Introductory Pricing period by mistake and don’t wantto continue paying after the trial ends*orIntroductory Pricing period expires*,contact apple support beforethe end of the trial*orIntroductory Pricing period*. For more information about these limitations on subscription sharingsee these articles: -Share an app’s purchased content with friends and family -Apple Music FAQ -About In-App Purchases -iTunes Store: Seeing unexpected charges? Books that aren’t eligiblefor purchase sharing might be available as part of Apple BooksFamily Sharing instead.*The organization feature is coming soon to Apple BooksFamily Sharing.
-iCloud Storage: Upgrade to a larger storage plan together *and every family member gets more storage space for their personal files
-Find My Friends/Find My iPhone: Allow other family members to see where you are so they can find you ifyou get lost
-Shared Photo Streams/Shared Calendar/Reminders : Share photos/calendars/reminders with otherfamily members
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How to use Family Sharing
Family Sharing is a feature on Apple devices that lets a family of up to six people share each other’s iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases, as well as an iCloud storage plan. Each family member has their own Apple ID, but they can all share content from the iTunes store, iBooks store, and App store. In addition, Family Sharing lets you share photos, calendars, and location with your family members.
How to share content with Family Sharing
There are a few different ways to share content with Family Sharing. You can share photos, calendars, desserts, and more! Here’s how:
To share photos with your family, simply create a new album in the Photos app and invite your family members to contribute. Any photo that’s added to the album will be automatically shared with everyone in the group.
You can also choose to share your entire photo library with your family by going to Settings > Photos and turning on Shared Albums. Keep in mind that this will share all of the photos and videos in your library, including any that you might not want to share!
If you use Apple’s Calendar app, you can easily share your calendar with your family. Just go to Settings > Calendar and turn on the option for Family Sharing. All of your events will be shared with your loved ones!
Share dessert recipes
If you’re looking for a way to share dessert recipes with your family, consider using an app like Shared Desserts. This app lets you easily create digital cookbooks that can be shared with anyone! Plus, it’s super easy to use – perfect for anyone who doesn’t love cooking!
These are just a few of the ways that you can use Family Sharing to share content with your loved ones. Be sure to explore all of the different options so that you can find the perfect way to stay connected with your family!
How to share purchases with Family Sharing
With Family Sharing, you can share App Store, iTunes Store, Apple Books, and iCloud storage purchases, an Apple Music family subscription, and more with your family members. You can also help locate each other’s missing devices. And now you can get started without having to set up an Apple ID for your child.
To get started, set up Family Sharing on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. If you have more than one device, you can sign in to the App Store and iTunes Store on each device with your own Apple ID.
Tap the profile icon > Settings > [your name], then scroll down and tap Family Sharing. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier or macOS Sierra 10.12.2 or earlier, tap Settings > iCloud > Set Up Family Sharing. Then tap Get Started and follow the onscreen instructions.”
How to share calendars and photos with Family Sharing
Family Sharing is a great way for families to share calendars, photos, and more. Here’s how to set it up:
1. On your iOS device, go to Settings > iCloud.
2. Tap the Family Sharing switch to turn on Family Sharing.
3. Tap Set Up Family Sharing, then tap Get Started.
4. Enter apple id password then tap Continue.
5. Choose whether you want to share your location with your family, then tap Next.
6. Tap agreeing to the Terms and Conditions under Shared iOS Calendar for Family Sharing > Next. Your family can now access your shared calendar on their devices.
What to do if you have problems with Family Sharing
Family Sharing is a great way to share content between multiple Apple devices. It can be used to share music, movies, books, and more. However, you may run into some problems when trying to use Family Sharing. This section will cover some of the most common problems and how to fix them.
Troubleshooting tips for Family Sharing
If you’re having trouble with Family Sharing, try these tips:
-Make sure that each family member has their own Apple ID. You can’t share content with a family member who doesn’t have an Apple ID.
-Sign in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on all of your devices. This lets you share content between your devices.
-Make sure that your devices are using the latest version of iOS, macOS, or tvOS.
-If you’re using iOS 10 or earlier, make sure that you have ” purchased” or “rented” the item that you want to share. You can’t share content that you haven’t purchased or rented.
-If you still can’t share content, ask your family members if they’ve turned on purchase sharing. Each family member can turn on purchase sharing in their own iCloud settings.
How contact apple support about Family Sharing
If you have any questions about Family Sharing or encounter any problems, you contact apple support for help. Here’s how to get in touch with Apple:
-Visit the Apple support website.
-Click on the “Contact Apple Support” button.
-You’ll be asked to choose a product. Select “Family Sharing.”
-On the next page, select “Get started” under the “Family Sharing” heading.
-Choose a topic from the list of options.
-Click on the “Continue” button.
-Enter your contact information and questions or comments in the form provided and click on the “Submit” button.