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What is family sharing?

With Family Sharing, you can share amazing Apple services with up to five other family members, such as Apple Music, Apple TV +, Apple Fitness +, Apple News +, and Apple Arcade. Your group can also share purchases from iTunes, Apple Books, and the App Store, as well as an iCloud storage plan and a family photo album. You can even help each other find lost devices.

An adult in your household - the family organizer - invites family members. Upon joining the group, family members get instant access to the group's subscriptions and content that are qualified for sharing. Each family member uses their own account so that each individual's user experience remains personalized and private.

How to set up family sharing.

Share purchases, subscriptions, iCloud storage, and more

Share App Store purchases and more

When you set up purchase sharing, everyone in the family has access to the apps, music, movies, TV shows, and books that family members buy. The content automatically appears on the Purchases page in the App Store, iTunes Store, Apple Books, or Apple TV app. Some articles cannot be shared.

Share Apple Subscriptions

Whether it's music, TV shows and films, news, games or updating photos and files on all devices with iCloud: Apple subscriptions offer something for everyone. With Family Sharing, the whole family can access the same Apple subscriptions. With Apple One you can also bundle everything for one low monthly price. You can also share some other subscriptions that you take out in apps from the App Store.

Find out which subscriptions you can share with your family here.

Personal files and settings remain private

When you share an iCloud storage plan, family members can't see other family members' photos, files, or documents. If you share other subscriptions like Apple Music, Apple Fitness + or Apple TV +, everyone will see their own settings and recommendations - not those of the whole family.

Do you want to keep purchases private? You can hide individual purchases or choose not to share your purchases.

If there are children in your family

Parents can create Apple IDs for family members under the age of 13 *. With an Apple ID, a child can use their own account on their own device and even make their own purchasing decisions. With built-in child safety features, parents can still set limits.

* Age varies by country or region.

Approve children's purchases and downloads

To see and approve children's purchases and downloads, set up the request to buy. When a child wants to buy apps, movies, or other content, a notification is sent to the family organizer, who can approve or deny the request right from their device.

This is how you set up the purchase request.

Children can use Apple Cash

With Apple Cash for Families, your child or teen can send and receive money in the Messages app and make purchases with Apple Pay. Parents can send money or pocket money directly to children. In addition, parents can see and limit their children's expenses.

How to set up Apple Cash for families.

Limit the amount of time children can spend on their devices

The Screen Time feature lets you control the total amount of time your children spend using apps, visiting websites, and their devices. Check your kids' activity reports and set time limits for specific apps right from your own device. You can also name another family member as the parent / legal guardian so that you can manage the children's screen time together.

How to use screen time.

Children can stay connected with an Apple Watch

Set up Apple Watch for a school-age child who doesn't own an iPhone. Children can use their Apple Watch to make calls, send messages, and share their location with you. Parents, on the other hand, can use the "school time" function to help children stay distraction-free during school lessons.

Here's how to set up a child's Apple Watch with family configuration.

Share locations and find devices

People in your family group can share locations to stay coordinated. You can also help other family members find lost devices.

Find a lost device

Your family members' devices are displayed in the Find My app. displayed. This makes it easier than ever to track down a missing or stolen device, such as an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch or Mac.

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