Move a child to another group using Family Sharing

Whilst you can't remove a child under the age of 13 from your family group, you can move them to another group or delete their account.

If the child is already in your family

You can ask an organiser from another family group to invite the child to their family. After they've made the request, you'll receive a notification. You can approve it from the notification or by following these steps:

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

After you've approved it, the child will be moved from your family group to the other family group. Find out what happens after a family member leaves.

If you need to request the deletion of your child's Apple ID, find out what to do

Children under the age of 13 can't be removed from a family group. Age varies based on your country or region.


If you want to invite the child to your family

After you've sent the invitation, the child's current family organiser must approve the request on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac. Then the child will be moved from their current family group to your family group.

Invite a child from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings > [your name] > Family Sharing.
  2. Tap Add Member.
  3. Tap "Invite in Person".
  4. Follow the onscreen steps.
  5. After the child's current family organiser has approved the request, provide parental consent and a valid payment method.*

You can check the status of the request under the child's name in Settings > [your name] > Family Sharing.

Invite a child from your Mac

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Family Sharing.
  2. Click Add button Add button.
  3. Click Invite People. 

  4. Click Invite in Person. 
  5. Enter the child's Apple ID and password. 
  6. Follow the onscreen steps.
  7. After the child's current family organiser has approved the request, provide parental consent and a valid payment method.*

Check the status of the request under the child's name in System Preferences > Family Sharing.

If you have macOS Catalina:

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Family Sharing.
  2. Click Add button Add button.
  3. Enter the child's Apple ID and password.
  4. Follow the onscreen steps.
  5. After the child's current family organiser has approved the request, provide parental consent and a valid payment method.*

Check the status of the request under the child's name in System Preferences > Family Sharing.

If you have macOS Mojave or earlier:

  1. From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click iCloud. 
  2. Click Manage Family, then click Add button Add button.
  3. Enter the child’s Apple ID and password.
  4. Follow the onscreen steps. 
  5. After the child's current family organiser has approved the request, provide parental consent and a valid payment method.*

Check the status of the request under the child's name in System Preferences > iCloud > Manage Family.

* Valid payment methods include credit cards, debit cards and country- or region-specific methods. Find out more about valid payment methods and see how to change or remove your Apple ID payment method.


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