Family Sharing and Apple ID for your child

With Family Sharing, you can create an Apple ID for your child. This allows them to participate in Family Sharing and use other Apple services such as iCloud, iMessage, FaceTime, and Game Center.

Make sure each family member has their own Apple ID

To participate in Family Sharing, all family members must have their own Apple ID. Children under 13* can't create an Apple ID on their own. However, the family organizer can create an Apple ID on their child's behalf. 

If your child already has an Apple ID, you can add it to your family group and update their email address, date of birthsecurity questions, and more. If your child does not yet have an Apple ID, use the steps below to create one. 

Check your payment method

First, make sure that you're using a supported payment method. You can manage and change your payment method from your device or your Apple ID account page

Then, to comply with child online privacy protection laws, verify your parental consent with your payment method's CVV or security code, or with a verification code sent via SMS. Your payment method won't be charged. Learn more about how Apple uses your payment information.

Create an Apple ID for your child

Use the steps below to create an Apple ID for your child, then add them to your family group. After you add your child to your family group, they will have their own Apple ID that they can use on any Apple device. Your email address is the rescue email address for your child’s account, and you can use it with the security questions you provided to reset a forgotten password. You can keep your your child's account more secure with two-factor authentication

If the child already has a Game Center account, but not an Apple ID, you don't need to create a new account for them. Just search for their nickname instead.

iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings > [your name] > Family Sharing > Add Family Member > Create a Child Account > Next.
  2. Enter your child's birthday and tap Next. Be sure to enter the correct date — you can't change it later.
  3. Review the Parent Privacy Disclosure and tap Agree.
  4. Enter the requested information for your payment method and tap Next. If you don't have a payment method on file, you need to add one.
  5. Enter your child's name, tap Next, then create their Apple ID (username@icloud.com) and tap Next. Tap Create.
  6. Follow the onscreen instructions to set a password, choose security questions, and set up your child's account. Choose passwords and security questions that you can both remember.
  7. Turn on Ask to Buy to approve all iTunes Store, Apple Books, and App Store purchases initiated by your child. You are responsible for all charges to your account. Tap Next.
  8. Review the Terms and Conditions. Tap Agree.

Mac

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences > Family Sharing, then click Add Family Member. On a Mac with macOS Mojave or earlier, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Family Sharing > iCloud > Manage Family and click the Add button add icon
  2. Select Create an Apple ID for a child who doesn't have an account and click Continue.
  3. Enter your child's birthday. Be sure to enter the correct date — you can't change it later.
  4. Enter your child's Apple ID (username@icloud.com), first and last name, and password. On a Mac with macOS Catalina, you can also select the checkbox to Share your child's location with your family. Click Next.
  5. Enter the requested information for your payment method and click Agree. If you don't have a payment method on file, you need to add one.
  6. Follow the onscreen instructions to set a password, choose security questions, and set up your child's account. Choose passwords and security questions that you can both remember. You'll get an email confirmation after you create the Apple ID.

If your child has a Game Center account

If you want to add a child under 13* that already has a Game Center account, but not an Apple ID, follow these steps.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. Go to Settings > [your name] > Family Sharing > Add Family Member.
  2. Enter the child’s Game Center nickname.
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions. 

On your Mac with macOS Catalina:

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences > Family Sharing.
  2. Click the Add button add icon, then enter the child's Game Center nickname.
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions.

On your Mac with macOS Mojave or  earlier:

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
  2. Click Manage Family.
  3. Click the Add button add icon, then enter the child's Game Center nickname.
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions.

The child gets a message to enter their Game Center password. After they enter their password, the child is part of your Family Sharing group.

Learn what you can share with your child

Children enjoy the same Family Sharing features as other family members and, by default, can access the same music, movies, TV shows, books, and apps. Learn more about what you can share with purchase sharing

You can also limit what content your child can access on their device using Screen Time on iOS or macOS, or by setting Restrictions in iTunes on a PC. 

Manage your child's purchases with Ask to Buy

Ask to Buy is enabled by default for children under 13.* If you turn off Ask to Buy, your child can buy content with your payment method without asking you first. You can turn off Ask to Buy with these steps: 

  • On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > [your name] > Family Sharing, and tap the child's name.
  • On your Mac, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences > Family Sharing, and click the Details button next to the child's name. If you're using macOS Mojave or earlier, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences > iCloud > Manage Family, then click the child’s name.

Remove a child from your family group

Your child has to remain part of your family group until they turn 13.* However, if necessary, you can transfer a child to a different family group.

If you need to see the options you have for managing your child's account, you can sign in with their Apple ID and password at privacy.apple.com

* Age varies by country or region. Under 14 in Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Italy, Lithuania, and Spain. Under 15 in Czech Republic, France, and Greece. Under 16 in Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Under 13 in all other countries. 

FaceTime isn't available in all countries or regions.

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