Share iCloud+ with your family

With Family Sharing, you can share an iCloud+ subscription with up to five other family members.

 

With Family Sharing, you can share a subscription to iCloud+ with everyone in your family group. This includes 50GB, 200GB, or 2TB of iCloud storage as well as features like iCloud Private Relay, Hide My Email, and HomeKit Secure Video support.* Learn more about iCloud+.

When you share an iCloud+ subscription, everyone in the family group uses their own account. That way your photos, documents, and other information stay private, even though you're sharing access to the service. You simply share the features and space available in iCloud+ with your family members, so you only have one plan to manage.

* Not all features are available in all countries or regions. HomeKit Secure Video requires a supported iCloud plan, compatible HomeKit-enabled security camera, and HomePod, Apple TV, or iPad running as a home hub. Private Relay is currently in beta. Some websites might have issues like showing content for the wrong region or requiring extra steps to sign in. 


Share iCloud+ with everyone in your family

To share iCloud+, you need iOS 11 or later, iPadOS, or macOS 10.13 High Sierra or later. For the best experience, make sure your family members' devices meet these requirements, too.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. If you haven't set up Family Sharing yet, set up Family Sharing
  2. Go to Settings > [your name].
  3. Tap Family Sharing.
  4. Tap iCloud Storage.
  5. Follow the steps to share your existing plan.
  6. Use Messages to let any family members with an existing iCloud+ plan know that they can now switch to your shared iCloud+ plan.

On your Mac

  1. If you haven't set up Family Sharing yet, set up Family Sharing
  2. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Family Sharing. 
  3. Click iCloud Storage. 
  4. Click Share. 
  5. Follow the onscreen instructions.


See how much storage your family's using

Use the steps below to see how much storage your family is using and upgrade if you need more. 

If your family is low on iCloud storage, all members get a notification. Then the family organizer or family member that purchased the plan can buy more—up to 2TB—at any time.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings > [your name].
  2. Tap Family Sharing.
  3. Tap iCloud Storage.

On your Mac

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Family Sharing.  
  2. Click iCloud Storage.

If you’re using macOS Mojave or earlier:

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
  2. Click Manage Family.
  3. Go to My Apps & Services.
  4. Choose iCloud Storage.


Switch from your iCloud+ plan to your family plan

When you share iCloud+, any family members using the free 5GB plan are added to your family plan automatically.

If a family member is already paying for their own iCloud+ plan, they can choose to switch to your plan or keep their own and still remain part of the family. When they switch to the shared family plan, they get a refund for the remainder of their personal plan. They can't keep their current plan and use the shared family plan at the same time.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings > [your name].
  2. Tap Family Sharing, then tap iCloud Storage.
  3. Tap Use Family Storage. 

On your Mac

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Family Sharing.  
  2. Click iCloud Storage.
  3. Click Use Family Storage. 

If you're using macOS Mojave or earlier:

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
  2. Click Manage Family. 
  3. Go to My Apps & Services. 
  4. Click Use Family Storage. 

 


If your family stops sharing iCloud+ or you leave Family Sharing

If you leave a family that shares an iCloud+ plan and you're using more than 5GB of storage, you can buy your own plan to continue using iCloud storage. Learn more about what happens when you stop using Family Sharing

If you choose not to buy your own plan and the content that you’re storing in iCloud exceeds your available storage, new photos and videos won’t upload to iCloud Photos, files will no longer upload in iCloud Drive, and your iOS devices will stop backing up. Learn how to make more space available in iCloud


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