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.

Leave your family group

Any family member over the age of 13* can remove themselves from a family group.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. Go to Settings > [your name] > Family Sharing. If you're using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud > Family.
  2. Tap [your name].
  3. Tap Leave Family.
     

On your Mac:

  1. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > iCloud > Manage Family.
  2. Click [your name].
  3. Click the Remove (—) button in the bottom-left corner.
     

When you leave Family Sharing, you lose access to any shared purchases or services shared by the family group.

Remove someone from your family group

The family organizer can remove anyone over the age of 13* 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 > [your name] > Family Sharing. If you're using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud > Family.
  2. Tap the name of the family member that you want to remove.
  3. Tap Remove.

On your Mac:

  1. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > iCloud > Manage Family.
  2. Click the name of the family member that you want to remove.
  3. Click the Remove (—) button in the bottom-left corner.

 

Disband a family group

When the family organizer turns off Family Sharing, it removes all family members from the family group at once. If there are children under 13* in your family group, you must transfer them to another family before you can disband yours.
 

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. Go to Settings > [your name] > Family Sharing. If you're using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud > Family.
  2. Tap your name as the organizer.
  3. Tap Stop Family Sharing.

On your Mac:

  1. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > iCloud > Manage Family.
  2. Click your name as the organizer.
  3. Click the Remove (—) button in the bottom-left corner.

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 to your content when you stop sharing?

When you leave Family Sharing, your Apple ID is removed from the family group and you won't have access to any services shared by your family. This might include an Apple Music family membership or a shared iCloud storage plan. You stop sharing locations with your family members and your devices are removed from the family Find My iPhone list. If your family shares iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases, you immediately stop sharing your purchases and lose access to the purchases made by your other family members.

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.

Any DRM-protected music, movies, TV shows, books, or apps that you previously downloaded from other family member's collections are no longer usable, and other family members can't use content downloaded from your collection.

You'll keep any purchases you initiated while part of the family group. However, if the organizer was paying for ongoing subscriptions, you need to start paying for them yourself using a valid payment method on your account. Learn how to add a credit or debit card to your iTunes Store account.

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 iCoud.com.

Learn more

Family Sharing requires a personal Apple ID signed in to iCloud and iTunes. Music, movies, TV shows, and books can be downloaded on up to 10 devices per account, five of which can be computers. iOS 8 or later and OS X Yosemite or later are required to set up or join a Family Sharing group. 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.

*Age varies by country or region.

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