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.

Remove yourself from a 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.
  2. Tap Family. If you don't see Family, tap your name, then tap Family Sharing. 
  3. Tap your name.
  4. Tap Stop Using Family Sharing.
    Stop Using Family Sharing is located below Location Sharing.

On your Mac

In macOS Ventura or later:

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Settings.
  2. Click Family.
  3. Click your name. 
  4. Click Stop Using Family Sharing.
    Stop Using Family Sharing is located below 'Share using secondary Apple ID.'

In macOS Monterey or earlier: 

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences.
  2. Click Family Sharing. 
  3. Click Details next to your name.
  4. Click Stop Using Family Sharing.

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:

  1. On your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac, sign in to appleid.apple.com with your Apple ID and password. 
  2. On your iPhone or iPod touch, tap the downward-facing arrow at the top of the page, then tap Family Sharing. On your iPad or Mac, click Family Sharing on the left side of the page.
  3. Tap or click Disconnect Account.
  4. Tap or click Disconnect. 

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.
  2. Tap Family. If you don't see Family, tap your name, then tap Family Sharing.
  3. Tap the name of the family member that you want to remove.
  4. Tap Remove [your family member's name] from Family.
    Remove [family member's name] from Family is located below Location Sharing.

On your Mac

In macOS Ventura or later:

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Settings, then click Family.
  2. Click the name of the family member that you want to remove.
  3. Click Remove [your family member's name] from Family. 
    Remove [family member's name] from Family is located below their Apple ID.
  4. Click Remove [your family member's name] to confirm. 

In macOS Monterey or earlier:

  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 [your family member's name].

Disband a family group

When the family organizer turns off Family Sharing, all family members are removed from the group at the same time. Before you can stop Family Sharing, you must transfer children under 13* to another family. Learn how to move a child to another Family Sharing group 

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

In iOS 16 or later:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap Family.
  3. Tap your name.
  4. Tap Stop Using Family Sharing. 
      Stop Using Family Sharing is located below Location Sharing.

In iOS 15 or earlier:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap your name, then tap Family Sharing.
  3. Tap your name.
  4. Tap Stop Family Sharing.

On your Mac

In macOS Ventura or later:

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Settings, then click Family.
  2. Click your name.
  3. Click Stop Using Family Sharing. 
    Stop Using Family Sharing is located below 'Share using secondary Apple ID.'

In macOS Monterey or earlier:

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Family Sharing.
  2. Click Details next to your name.
  3. Click Turn Off, and then click Stop Family Sharing.

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 and your devices are removed from the family Find My 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.
  • If you use Apple Card Family and you leave a Family Sharing group, you aren't automatically removed from the Apple Card Family account. Learn how to remove yourself or a participant from a shared Apple Card account.

*  Age varies by country or region. Under 14 in Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Italy, Lithuania, and Spain. Under 15 in Czech Republic, France, and Greece. Under 16 in Brazil, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Under 13 in all other countries.

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