Family purchases and payments

Are you the family organizer? Learn how purchases work with Family Sharing, what you're responsible for, and how to manage family purchases and payments.

With Family Sharing, one adult in the family—the family organizer—agrees to pay for any iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases that other family members initiate while they're part of the family group. This also includes content that can't be shared with the family, such as ongoing subscription purchases initiated by family members, including iCloud storage and Apple Music Individual or Student Memberships.

Setting up Family Sharing

When you set up Family Sharing, you'll be asked to confirm that you agree to pay for purchases initiated by the family members you invite and that you have a valid payment method on file. See which payment methods you can use with Family Sharing. If you need to, you can change the billing method on file in your account at any time in your iTunes & App Stores account settings.

Making purchases

After you set up your family, any time a family member initiates a new purchase it will be billed directly to your account, unless that family member has gift or store credit. First, their store credit will be used to pay the partial or total bill. The remainder will bill to the family organizer's card. As the family organizer, any receipts generated by the transaction will be sent to you. Learn more about how iTunes Store purchases are billed.

Once paid for, a purchased item is added to the account of the family member who initiated the purchase. In other words, the content belongs to them, much as it would if you were buying them a book or a DVD. If Family Sharing is ever disabled, each member will keep the purchases they initiated, even though they were paid for by the family organizer.

When someone upgrades their iCloud Storage plan, the upgrade will be billed to the Apple ID that they use with iCloud. If they're in a family group and they use the same Apple ID in iCloud and iTunes, the upgrade will be billed to the family organizer.

Approving purchases with Ask to Buy

You can turn on Ask to Buy to require approval for purchases initiated by any family member who is under 18 years old.*

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Tap Settings > [your name] > Family Sharing. On iOS 10.2 or earlier, tap Settings > iCloud > Family. 
  2. Tap your family member's name.
  3. Turn on Ask to Buy. 

On your Mac

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
  2. Click Manage Family and select your family member's name.
  3. Select Ask to Buy.

Learn more

Ask to Buy is enabled by default for any children under 13 years old, and can be enabled during the setup process for any children 13-17 years old.* You can't turn on Ask to Buy for adults.

If you don't wish to be billed for purchases initiated by a specific adult family member, you can remove that family member from the family group.

Family Sharing requires a personal Apple ID signed in to iCloud and iTunes. Music, movies, TV shows, and books can be downloaded on up to 10 devices per account, five of which can be computers. iOS 8 or later and OS X Yosemite or later are required to set up or join a Family Sharing group and are recommended for full functionality. 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.

*Ages may vary by country or region.

Published Date: 2017-07-29