Share purchased content with Family Sharing

With Family Sharing, family members get immediate access to each others’ music, movies, TV shows, books, and apps, and can download them to their own devices any time they like.*

Share your purchases

When you join a family, you'll be asked to confirm the Apple ID that you use for making iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases. After you choose and confirm your Apple ID, you can share purchases from that account with your family members.

With Family Sharing, you can subscribe to an Apple Music Family membership, and up to six people in your family can enjoy unlimited access to Apple Music on their devices.

Family Sharing only works on devices with iOS 8 or later or OS X Yosemite or later.

iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings > iCloud > Family, then tap your name.
  2. Under Family Purchases, review your account information.
  3. If you need to confirm the Apple ID that you want to share content from, enter your password. If you prefer to share purchases from a different account, you can enter a different Apple ID and password.
  4. Make sure that Share my purchases is on.

Mac

  1. Choose Apple  menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
  2. Click Manage Family.
  3. Click your name and review your account information next to Family Purchases.
  4. Make sure that Share my purchases is selected.

Download content from family members

After you join a family, you can see and download items from each family member’s purchase history, and enjoy them on your own devices. You can download music, movies, TV shows, and books on up to 10 of your devices, five of which can be computers. You can download apps to any devices that you own or control.

Use these steps to see and download your family member's content.

iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. If you’re not signed in, sign in with your Apple ID.
  2. Open the store app that you want to download content from, and go to the purchased page:
    • App Store: Tap Updates > Purchased.
    • iTunes Store: Tap More > Purchased.
    • iBooks: Tap Purchased.
  3. Tap the family member's name to see their content. Learn what to do if you don’t see any content or can’t tap your family member.
  4. To download an item, tap the download icon   next to it.

Mac

  1. If you’re not signed in, sign in with your Apple ID.
  2. Open the iTunes, iBooks, or the Mac App Store and go to the Purchased page.
    • iTunes: Click iTunes Store, then Purchased under Quick Links on the right side of the iTunes window.
    • iBooks: Click iBooks Store, then Purchased under Quick Links on the right side of the iBooks window.
    • Mac App Store: Click Purchased.
  3. To the right of Purchased, select a family member's name to view their content.
  4. Download or play the items that you want.

Apple TV

  1. On your Apple TV, select Movies, TV Shows, or App Store.
  2. Select Purchased > Family Sharing, then select your family member to see their content. You can access shared movies, TV shows, and apps on Apple TV, but not music.

Share content from a different Apple ID

You can change the Apple ID that you use to share once every 90 days. After you change your Apple ID, you'll start sharing from the new account instead of your previous one. Your family members will no longer be able to access or download purchases from your previous account.

Any DRM-protected music, movies, TV shows, books or apps previously downloaded from that account will no longer be usable by family members. If they made any In-App Purchases from an app originally downloaded from your account, they will need to get the app themselves to regain access to the In-App Purchases.

iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings > iCloud > Family and tap your name.
  2. Tap your Apple ID and follow the onscreen instructions.

Mac

  1. Choose Apple  menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
  2. Click Manage Family, then click your name.
  3. Click Change, then follow the onscreen instructions.

Learn more

Family Sharing requires a personal Apple ID signed in to iCloud and iTunes. 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.

*Not all content and content types are available in all countries. To share purchased content, all family members must use the same iTunes Store country or region. Music, movies, TV shows, and books can be downloaded on up to 10 devices per account, five of which can be computers. Apps can be downloaded to any devices the family member owns or controls.

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