Share apps and purchases using Family Sharing in iCloud
Family Sharing lets up to six members of your family share their iTunes Store, App Store, and Apple Books purchases, a family calendar, family reminders list, and family photos, all without sharing accounts.
One adult—the family organizer—sets up Family Sharing, invites up to five people to join the family group, and agrees to pay for any iTunes Store, App Store, and Apple Books purchases those family members initiate while part of the family group. Once Family Sharing is set up, family members get immediate access to each other’s music, movies, TV shows, books, and eligible apps. In addition, family members can easily share photos in a shared family album, add events to a family calendar, share reminders, share their location with other family members, and even help locate another family member’s missing device.
Each family member needs an Apple ID to sign in to iCloud. For a child too young to create an Apple ID, the family organizer can provide parental consent and create an Apple ID on the child’s behalf while adding the child to the family.
To join a family, you must sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID. You will also be asked to confirm the Apple ID you use for the iTunes Store, the App Store, and Apple Books. You can be part of only one family group at a time, and you can switch families at most once per year.
Family Sharing allows subscribed members to share Apple Music purchases and use a single shared iCloud Storage plan to store their backups, files, and photos. Subscribed members also can use and view a shared calendar, reminders, and photo album. Adult family members can choose not to share their purchases and can use a different payment method. See Set up Family Sharing.
Family Sharing is available on iOS devices (iOS 8 or later), Mac computers (OS X 10.10 or later), and Windows computers with iCloud for Windows (Windows 7 or later required). For information about setting up Family Sharing on your Mac and your iOS devices, see the Apple Support article Set up Family Sharing.