Leave Family Sharing

Learn about 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 from the family group at any time or disband the family group completely.

How do I leave a family group?

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

  • Go to Settings > [your name] > Family Sharing, tap your name, then tap Leave Family.  If you're using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud > Family.
  • In OS X Yosemite or later, go to Apple menu > System Preferences > iCloud > Manage Family, click your name, then click the Remove (-) button in the bottom-left corner.

When you turn off Family Sharing, you leave the family. After you leave a family, you can join or set up a new one. However you can only switch to a different family group once per year.

Can I remove someone from a family group?

The family organizer can remove anyone over 13 from the family group at any time.

Go to Settings > [your name] > Family Sharing, tap the name of the family member you want to remove, then tap Remove. If you're using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud > Family.

In OS X Yosemite or later, go to Apple menu > System Preferences > iCloud > Manage Family, click the name of the family member you want to remove, then click the Remove (-) button in the bottom-left corner.

Children under 13 can't be removed from a family. If you need to, you can transfer the child to another family or delete their Apple ID.

Can the family organizer leave or disband a family group?

Yes. If the family organizer stops Family Sharing, it removes all family members from the family group at once.

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

In OS X Yosemite or later, go to Apple menu > System Preferences > iCloud > Manage Family, click your name as the organizer, then click the Remove (-) button in the bottom-left corner.

The organizer will keep the family calendar, reminders, and shared photo album in their account. They can share the content again with individual family members as needed. 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 stop sharing music, movies, TV shows, books, and apps with any remaining family members. In addition, any photos, calendars, and reminders shared by the family group will be removed from your devices. If you chose to share your location, you'll stop sharing your location with other family members, and your devices will be removed from the family Find My iPhone device list.

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 will no longer be usable, and other family members won't be able to 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 your iCloud storage or any other ongoing subscriptions, you'll 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.

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 and are recommended for full functionality. 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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