Leave Family Sharing

Find out the different ways you can leave or be removed from a family group and what happens when you stop using Family Sharing. If you're the family organiser, you can remove members at any time or disband the family group completely.

Remove yourself from a family group

Remove someone from your family group

Disband a family group

What happens when you stop sharing?

Remove yourself from a family group

Any family member aged 13 or older* can remove themselves from a family group. If you have Screen Time turned on for your account, the family organiser must remove you.

On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings.

  2. Tap Family. If you don't see Family, tap your name, then tap Family Sharing.

  3. Tap your name.

  4. Tap Stop Using Family Sharing.

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On your Mac

In macOS Ventura or later:

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Settings.

  2. Click Family.

  3. Click your name.

  4. Click Stop Using Family Sharing.

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In macOS Monterey or earlier:

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences.

  2. Click Family Sharing.

  3. Click Details next to your name.

  4. Click Stop Using Family Sharing.

When you leave Family Sharing, you lose access to any shared purchases or services shared by the family group.

Remove your account from a family group

If your Apple ID is being used to share purchases Go to appleid.apple.com and sign in with the Apple ID and password for the account you want to remove.

In the Family Sharing section:

  1. On your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac, sign in to appleid.apple.com with your Apple ID and password.

  2. On your iPhone or iPod touch, tap the downwards-facing arrow at the top of the page, then tap Family Sharing. On your iPad or Mac, click Family Sharing on the left-hand side of the page.

  3. Tap or click Disconnect Account.

  4. Tap or click Disconnect.

After you leave the family group, you can start your own family group or join another one.

Remove someone from your family group

The family organiser can remove anyone aged 13 or older* from the family group. If you need to, you can transfer a child to another family.

On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings.

  2. Tap Family. If you don't see Family, tap your name, then tap Family Sharing.

  3. Tap the name of the family member that you want to remove.

  4. Tap Remove [your family member's name] from Family.

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On your Mac

In macOS Ventura or later:

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Settings, then click Family.

  2. Click the name of the family member that you want to remove.

  3. Click Remove [your family member's name] from Family.

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  4. Click Remove [your family member's name] to confirm.

In macOS Monterey or earlier:

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Family Sharing.

  2. Click Details next to the name of the family member that you want to remove.

  3. Click Remove [your family member's name].

Disband a family group

When the family organiser turns off Family Sharing, all family members will be removed from the group at the same time. Before you can stop Family Sharing, you must transfer children under 13* to another family. Find out how to move a child to another Family Sharing group

On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

In iOS 16 or later:

  1. Go to Settings.

  2. Tap Family.

  3. Tap your name.

  4. Tap Stop Using Family Sharing.

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In iOS 15 or earlier:

  1. Go to Settings.

  2. Tap your name, then tap Family Sharing.

  3. Tap your name.

  4. Tap Stop Family Sharing.

On your Mac

In macOS Ventura or later:

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Settings, then click Family.

  2. Click your name.

  3. Click Stop Using Family Sharing.

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In macOS Monterey or earlier:

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Family Sharing.

  2. Click Details next to your name.

  3. Click Turn Off, and then click Stop Family Sharing.

If you created a Family Sharing group before iOS 14, the organiser keeps the family calendar, reminders and shared photo album in their account. They can share the content again with individual family members. Find out how to share calendars and reminders.

What happens when you stop sharing?

  • Your Apple ID is removed from the family group and you won't have access to any services shared by your family, such as an Apple Music family subscription or a shared iCloud storage plan.

  • You stop sharing locations with your family members and your devices are removed from the family Find My list.

  • If your family shares iTunes, Apple Books and App Store purchases, you immediately stop sharing your purchases and lose access to the purchases made by your other family members. You'll keep any purchases you initiated while part of the family group. Other family members can't use content downloaded from your collection.

  • Any content that your family shared with you isn't automatically removed from your device. You can purchase it again or remove it to free up space on your device. If you downloaded an app from a family member’s purchase history and made in-app purchases, you'll need to purchase the app yourself to access your in-app purchases.

  • If your family organiser has set up an Apple Cash account for you as part of Apple Cash Family, your account closes automatically and your balance transfers to the family organiser's Apple Cash account. If you're the organiser and you disband the family group, any Apple Cash Family accounts you've set up for family members will be closed and their balances will be transferred to your account.

  • If you have an Apple Watch that uses Family Setup, you won't be able to manage that Apple Watch.

  • If you share a photo album, calendar or reminders with family members, you won't share them anymore. If you want to keep using Family Sharing but not share certain features with your family, you can unsubscribe from them instead in the Photos, Calendars or Reminders apps on your device or on iCloud.com.

  • If you use Apple Card Family and you leave a Family Sharing group, you won't be automatically removed from the Apple Card Family account. Find out how to remove yourself or a participant from a shared Apple Card account.

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

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