Leave Family Sharing

Learn 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 organizer, you can remove members at any time or disband the family group completely.

Leave your family group

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

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings > [your name] > Family Sharing. 
  2. Tap [your name].
  3. Tap Stop Using Family Sharing.

On your Mac

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Family Sharing. 
  2. Click Details next to your name.
  3. Click Leave from Family Sharing.

If you're using macOS Mojave or earlier, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences > iCloud, then click Manage Family. Click [your name], then click the Remove (—) button.

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 with a family group that you no longer want to be part of, you can visit your Apple ID account page and remove the account from the family directly. 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, choose Remove Account > Remove. 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 organizer can remove anyone age 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 > [your name] > Family Sharing.
  2. Tap the name of the family member that you want to remove.
  3. Tap Remove [your family member's name] From Family.

On your Mac

  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 from Family Sharing.

If you're using macOS Mojave or earlier, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences > iCloud, then click Manage Family. Click the name of the family member that you want to remove, then click the Remove (—) button in the bottom-left corner.

Disband a family group

When the family organizer turns off Family Sharing, it removes all family members from the family group at once. If there are children under 13* in your family group, you must transfer them to another family before you can disband yours.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings > [your name] > Family Sharing.
  2. Tap your name as the organizer.
  3. Tap Stop Using Family.

On your Mac

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Family Sharing.
  2. Click Turn Off, and then click Stop Family Sharing.

If you're using macOS Mojave or earlier:

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences > iCloud, then click Manage Family.
  2. Click your name as the organizer.
  3. Click the Remove (—) button in the bottom-left corner.

If you created a Family Sharing group before iOS 14, the organizer keeps the family calendar, reminders, and shared photo album in their account. They can share the content again with individual family members. Learn 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 your devices are removed from the family Find My iPhone 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 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 organizer set up an Apple Cash account for you as part of Apple Cash Family, your account automatically closes and your balance transfers to the family organizer's Apple Cash account. If you're the organizer and you disband the family group, any Apple Cash Family accounts you set up for family members will close and their balances transfer 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


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