Family purchases and payments

Learn how shared purchases work with Family Sharing, what the family organizer is responsible for, and how to update your payment methods.

What is purchase sharing?

Purchase sharing is a feature that you can use after you set up Family Sharing. When you turn on purchase sharing, everyone in your family gets access to the apps, music, movies, TV shows, and books that family members buy from Apple.

Some items, including most in-app purchases, can't be shared.

Which payment method is charged for family members' purchases?

One adult in the family—the family organizer—pays for most purchases that family members make. But if you're a family member and you have your own Apple ID balance, your purchases bill to your personal Apple ID balance. Some purchases, including gifts, can't be billed to Apple ID balance and will be charged to the family organizer's payment method.

If you're the family organizer and you don't recognize a charge

Search your email for a receipt. Apple emails a receipt to you when your family members buy items and when their subscriptions renew. The receipt shows the Apple ID of the family member who made the purchase. If you still don't recognize the charge, learn how to identify an unfamiliar charge.

Change your Family Sharing payment method

If you're the family organizer, you can change your payment method.

Learn more

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