How to Set Up and Use Family Sharing in iOS 10


From this guide about how to set up and use Family Sharing in iOS 10, you can easily and freely share iTunes, iBooks and App Store purchases without sharing accounts.


September 21, 2016

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Family Sharing on iOS 10 devices makes it easier for up to six family members to share their iTunes Store, iBooks Store, and App Store purchases, a family calendar, and family photos (Learn: how to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac) without sharing accounts.

How to Set Up and Use Family Sharing in iOS 10 Devices

How to Set Up and Use Family Sharing in iOS 10 Devices

One adult in your household—the family organizer—invites family members to join the family group and agrees to pay for any iTunes Store, iBooks Store, and App Store purchases those family members initiate while part of the family group. Once set up, family members get immediate access to each other's music (Learn: how to transfer music from iPhone to iPhone), movies, TV shows, books, and eligible apps. In addition, family members can easily share photos (Learn: how to import photos from iPhone to PC) in a shared family album, add events to a family calendar, share their location with other family members, and even help locate another family member's missing device.

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Part 1. How to Set Up Family Sharing in iOS 10 Devices

Family Sharing requires you to sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID. You will also be asked to confirm the Apple ID you use for the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store. It is available on devices with iOS 8/9/10, Mac computers with OS X Yosemite, and PCs with iCloud for Windows 4.0. You can be part of only one family group at a time.

Set up Family Sharing. On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 10, go to Settings > iCloud > Set Up Family Sharing. Follow the onscreen instructions to set up Family Sharing as the family organizer, and then you can invite family members to join.

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Part 2. How to Use Family Sharing in iOS 10 Devices

Accept an invitation to Family Sharing. Make sure you are signed in to iCloud, and that you can accept a Family Sharing invitation from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 10, Mac (OS X Yosemite required), or PC (iCloud for Windows 4.0 required). Or, if the organizer is nearby during the setup process, he or she can simply ask you to enter the Apple ID and password you use for iCloud.

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Access shared iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store purchases.

Open iTunes Store, iBooks Store, or App Store, tap Purchased, then choose a family member from the menu that appears.

When a family member initiates a purchase, it is billed directly to the family organizer's account. Once purchased, the item is added to the initiating family member's account and is shared with the rest of the family. If Family Sharing is ever disabled, each person keeps the items they chose to purchase—even if they were paid for by the family organizer.

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Share photos or videos with family members. When you set up Family Sharing, a shared album called "Family" is automatically created in the Photos app on all family members' devices. To share a photo or video (Learn: how to recover deleted videos from iPhone) with family members, open the Photos app, then view a photo (Learn: how to recover deleted photos from iPhone) or video or select multiple photos or videos. Tap Export icon, tap iCloud Photo Sharing, add comments, then share to your shared family album.

Set up a family reminder. When you set up Family Sharing, a shared list is automatically created in the Reminders app on all family members' devices. To add a reminder to the family list, open the Reminders app, tap the family list, then add a reminder (Learn: how to recover deleted reminder on iPhone) to the list.

Keep track of your family's devices. If family members have enabled Share My Location in iCloud, you can help them locate missing devices. Open Find My iPhone on your device or at

Share your location with family members. Family members can share their location by tapping Settings > iCloud > Share My Location (under Advanced). To find a family member's location, use the Find My Friends app (download it for free from the App Store).

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