What types of content can I share with my family using purchase sharing?

Purchase sharing is a feature of Family Sharing that allows family members to share eligible songs, albums, movies, TV shows, books, and apps with everyone else in the family.

What you can share

You can share most content that you purchased using your Apple ID. You can share:

  • Music, movies, and TV shows from the iTunes Store 
  • Books from the Book Store in Apple Books
  • Most apps from the App Store

Purchase Sharing doesn't include subscriptions. But if you use Family Sharing, you can share your Apple Music family subscription, and your iCloud storage and Apple News+ subscriptions, with your family members.

The availability of App Store and iTunes Store content depends on your country or region.

To share apps, you need iOS 8 or later or OS X Yosemite or later. To make the most of Family Sharing, update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iOS 11 or later and update your Mac to macOS High Sierra or later.

What you can't share

  • Individual or student Apple Music subscriptions and other subscriptions.
  • In-App purchases.
  • Items that are no longer available on the App Store and iTunes Store.
  • Items that you or another member of your family group have hidden. Learn more about hidden purchases.
  • Some apps from the App Store. Find out if your app is shareable.

If you're on an Apple TV, you can't access shared music.

How to see if content is shareable on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Check all apps:

  1. Open the App Store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  2. Find the app that you want to share.
  3. Scroll down to the Supports section.
  4. If you can share the app, you'll see Family Sharing listed.

How to see if content is shareable on your Mac

Check all apps:

  1. Open the App Store on your Mac.
  2. Find the app that you want to share. In the right-hand sidebar, look for Family Sharing under Information.
  3. If you can share the app, you'll see Yes to the right of Family Sharing.

Check your previously purchased apps:

  1. Open the Mac App Store.
  2. Click Purchases. 
  3. If prompted, sign in with your Apple ID and password.
  4. If you can't share an app, you'll see Not Shareable next to its name.

Learn more

Family Sharing requires a personal Apple ID signed in to iCloud and the App Store and iTunes Store. Family Sharing makes it easy for up to six family members to share iTunes, Apple Books, and App Store purchases, an Apple Music family subscription, and an iCloud storage plan. Your family can also share photos, calendars, and reminders. You can even help find each others' missing devices.

Music, movies, TV shows, and books can be downloaded on up to 10 devices per account, five of which can be computers. iOS 8 and later and OS X Yosemite and later are required to set up or join a Family Sharing group. But we recommend that you update to iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra or later. Not all content is eligible for Family Sharing. Content can be hidden by family members; hidden content is not available for download. Content downloaded from family members or acquired via redemption codes is not subject to Ask to Buy.

If one of your family members received their content through Apple ID for Students, you won’t see it in their shared purchases. This includes apps and other content distributed through the school.

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