Share an iCloud storage plan with your family

With Family Sharing, you can share a single iCloud storage plan with up to five other family members.

Mac showing Share Storage With your Family screen and iPhone showing iCloud Storage screen

It's important to make sure that everyone in your family has enough iCloud storage for their photos, videos, files, and iCloud Backups. With Family Sharing, your family can share a single 200GB or 2TB storage plan that gives everyone plenty of space.

When you share a storage plan, your photos and documents stay private and everyone keeps using their own accounts with iCloud—just like when you have your own storage plan. You simply share the space available in the iCloud storage plan with your family members, so you only have one plan to manage.

Before you begin

To share your storage plan, you need iOS 11 or macOS 10.13 High Sierra.

For the best experience, have your family members update their devices too. However, you can share a storage plan with family members that are using an older operating system.

Share a storage plan with your existing family

If you already use Family Sharing, you can set up shared storage for your existing family members from your device Settings or System Preferences.

Mac showing My Apps & Services with iCloud Storage selected, and iPhone showing Share Storage With your Family screen

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings > [your name].
  2. Tap Family Sharing.
  3. Tap iCloud Storage.
  4. Follow the steps to share your existing plan, or if necessary, upgrade to a 200GB or 2TB plan.
  5. Use Messages to let any family members with an existing paid storage plan know that they can now switch to your shared storage plan.

On your Mac

  1. If necessary, upgrade to a 200GB or 2TB storage plan.
  2. Choose Apple () menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
  3. Click Manage Family.
  4. Go to My Apps & Services.
  5. Choose iCloud Storage.
  6. Click Start Sharing.
  7. Click Done.

Set up a new family and share a storage plan

Not using Family Sharing yet? No problem. You can choose to share your iCloud storage when you first set up Family Sharing.

Mac showing Set up Family Sharing and iPhone showing Get Started screen for family sharing

On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings > [your name].
  2. Tap Set Up Family Sharing, then tap Get Started.
  3. Choose iCloud Storage as the first feature to share with your family.
  4. If necessary, upgrade to a 200GB or 2TB storage plan.
  5. When prompted, use Messages to invite up to five additional people to join your family and share your storage plan.

On your Mac

  1. Choose Apple () menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
  2. Click Manage in the lower-right corner.
  3. Click Change Storage Plan.
  4. Upgrade to a 200GB or 2TB storage plan.
  5. Go back to your iCloud preferences and click Set Up Family. Follow the onscreen instructions.
  6. When you're done, go to the My Apps & Services tab and choose iCloud Storage.
  7. Click Start Sharing.

What comes next

When you share your iCloud storage, 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 storage 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.

iPhone screen showing iCloud Storage

Manage your family's iCloud storage

It’s easy for everyone to see how much storage the family is using and to upgrade anytime you need more.

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 iCloud.
  2. Click Manage Family.
  3. Go to My Apps & Services.
  4. Choose iCloud Storage.

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.

If your family stops sharing storage or you leave Family Sharing

If you leave a family that shares an iCloud storage plan and you're using more than 5GB of storage, you have 28 days to buy your own plan.

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.

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