What types of content can I share with my family using purchase sharing?

Purchase sharing is a feature of Family Sharing that allows family members to share eligible songs, albums, movies, TV shows, books, and apps with everyone else in the family.

What you can share

With purchase sharing, you can share most of the content that you've purchased using your Apple ID. You can share:

  • Music, movies, and TV shows from the iTunes Store 
  • Books from the Book Store in Apple Books
  • Most apps from the App Store

With Family Sharing, you can also share subscriptions with your family members. You can share your:

  • Apple Music family subscription
  • Apple Arcade subscription
  • Apple News+ subscription 
  • Apple TV+ subscription 
  • Apple TV channels subscriptions
  • iCloud storage plan

The availability of App Store and iTunes Store content depends on your country or region.

To share apps, you need iOS 8 or later or OS X Yosemite or later. To make the most of Family Sharing, update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the latest iOS or iPadOS and update your Mac to the latest macOS.


What you can't share

  • Individual or student Apple Music subscriptions and other third-party subscriptions.
  • In-app purchases.
  • Items that are no longer available on the App Store and iTunes Store.
  • Items that you or another member of your family group have hidden. Learn more about hidden purchases.
  • Some apps from the App Store. Find out if your app is shareable.

If you're on an Apple TV, you can't access shared music.


Find out if your app is shareable

If you want to check if an app you plan to purchase or have already purchased is shareable with purchase sharing, you can follow these steps.

How to see if an app is shareable on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Open the App Store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  2. Find the app that you want to share.
  3. Scroll down to the Supports section.
  4. If you can share the app, you'll see Family Sharing listed.

How to see if an app is shareable on your Mac

  1. Open the App Store on your Mac.
  2. Find the app that you want to share.
  3. Scroll down to Supports. If you can share the app with your family, you'll see Family Sharing listed.

Learn more about Family Sharing

Family Sharing requires a personal Apple ID signed in to iCloud and the App Store and iTunes Store. Family Sharing makes it easy for up to six family members to share App Store, music, movie, TV, and book purchases, an Apple Music family subscription, an Apple Arcade subscription, an Apple News+ subscriptionApple TV channels subscriptions, an Apple TV+ subscription, and an iCloud storage plan. Your family can also share photos, calendars, and reminders. You can even help find each others' missing devices or share your location.

Music, movies, TV shows, and books can be downloaded on up to 10 devices per account, 5 of which can be computers. iOS 8 and later and OS X Yosemite and later are required to set up or join a Family Sharing group, but we recommend that you update to the latest iOS or iPadOS and the latest macOS. Not all content is eligible for Family Sharing. Content can be hidden by family members; hidden content is not available for download. Content downloaded from family members or acquired via redemption codes is not subject to Ask to Buy.

If one of your family members was assigned content to their Managed Apple ID from Apple School Manager, you won’t see it in their shared purchases. This includes apps and other content distributed through the school.

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