How to share purchases with your family

One adult in the family — the family organizer — pays for everyone's purchases. You can share apps, music, books, and more.

What is purchase sharing?

When you turn on purchase sharing, everyone in your family gets access to apps, music, movies, TV shows, and books that family members buy. The family organizer is billed for family members' purchases.

Some items can't be shared. Find out which types of content can't be shared.


Use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to turn on purchase sharing

  1. If you haven't set up Family Sharing yet, set up Family Sharing.
  2. Open the Settings app.
  3. Tap your name, then tap Family Sharing.
  4. Tap Purchase Sharing.
  5. Tap Continue and follow the onscreen instructions.
  6. To see which payment method will be billed, tap Purchase Sharing again and look at the Shared Payment Method information.
    iPhone showing that a Visa card is the shared payment method.

Use your Mac to turn on purchase sharing

  1. If you haven't set up Family Sharing yet, set up Family Sharing.
  2. On your Mac, choose the Apple menu > System Preferences.
  3. Click Family Sharing.
  4. Click Purchase Sharing in the sidebar.
  5. Click Set Up Purchase Sharing and follow the onscreen instructions.
  6. To see which payment method will be billed, look at the Shared Payment Method information.
    Mac showing that a Visa card is the shared payment method.

Turn off purchase sharing

  1. See your Purchase Sharing settings in Settings on your iPhone or iPad or in System Preferences on your Mac.
  2. Turn off purchase sharing:
    • On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap Stop Purchase Sharing.
    • On your Mac, click Turn Off, then click Stop Purchase Sharing.

Which payment method is charged for purchases that family members make?

When Purchase Sharing is turned on, everyone's purchases bill to the family organizer's payment method.* If there's an issue with the payment method, the family organizer can change or update their payment method.

If you're the family organizer and you don't want to share a payment method with your family, turn off purchase sharing. When purchase sharing is turned off, you can continue to share subscriptions like Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade.

* Learn how purchases are billed if a family member has Apple ID balance.


Learn more

If you want kids to get permission before they make a purchase, turn on Ask to Buy.

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