How to share purchases with your family

One adult in the family – the family organiser – will pay for everyone's purchases. You can share apps, music, books and more.

What is purchase sharing?

When you turn on purchase sharing, everyone in your family gets access to apps, music, films, TV programmes and books that family members buy. The family organiser is billed for family members' purchases.

Some items can't be shared. Find out which types of content can't be shared.


Use your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to turn on purchase sharing

  1. If you haven't set up Family Sharing yet, set up Family Sharing.
  2. Open the Settings app.
  3. Tap your name, then tap Family Sharing.
  4. Tap Purchase Sharing.
  5. Tap Continue and follow the onscreen instructions.
  6. To see which payment method will be billed, tap Purchase Sharing again and look at the Shared Payment Method information.
    iPhone showing that a Visa card is the shared payment method.

Use your Mac to turn on purchase sharing

  1. If you haven't set up Family Sharing yet, set up Family Sharing.
  2. On your Mac, choose the Apple menu > System Preferences.
  3. Click Family Sharing.
  4. Click Purchase Sharing in the sidebar.
  5. Click Set Up Purchase Sharing and follow the onscreen instructions.
  6. To see which payment method will be billed, look at the Shared Payment Method information.
    Mac showing that a Visa card is the shared payment method.

Turn off purchase sharing

  1. View your Purchase Sharing settings in Settings on your iPhone or iPad or in System Preferences on your Mac.
  2. Turn off purchase sharing:
    • On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, tap Stop Purchase Sharing.
    • On your Mac, click Turn Off, then click Stop Purchase Sharing.

Which payment method is charged for purchases that family members make?

When Purchase Sharing is turned on, everyone's purchases will be billed to the family organiser's payment method.* If there's an issue with the payment method, the family organiser can change or update their payment method.

If you're the family organiser and you don't want to share a payment method with your family, turn off purchase sharing. When purchase sharing is turned off you can continue to share subscriptions, such as Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade.

* Find out how purchases are billed if a family member has Apple ID balance.


Learn more

If you want kids to have to get permission before they make a purchase, turn on Ask to Buy.

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