Share iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases with Family Sharing

With purchase sharing, you can give your family members immediate access to each others’ music, movies, TV shows, books, and apps.*

 

You can set up purchase sharing when you create your new Family Sharing group, or you can turn it on for your existing family. With purchase sharing, one adult in the family—the family organizer—agrees to pay for any iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases that family members make while they're part of the family group. Then everyone in your family can access the music, movies, books, and apps that other family members buy, and enjoy them on their own devices.

You can see and download your family members' purchases from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple TV, and Windows PC.

Download content from family members

When purchase sharing is turned on for your family, you can see and download items from each family member's purchase history. You can download music, movies, TV shows, and books on up to 10 of your devices, five of which can be computers. You can download apps to any devices that you own or control.

On your iPhone or iPod touch

  1. If you're not signed in, sign in with your Apple ID.
  2. Open the store app that you want to download content from, then go to the Purchased page:
    • iTunes Store: On your iPhone or iPod touch, tap More > Purchased.
    • iBooks: Tap Purchased.
    • App Store: Tap Updates > Purchased.
  3. Tap the family member's name to see their content. Learn what to do if you don’t see any content or can't tap your family member.
  4. To download an item, tap Download icon next to it.

On your iPad

  1. If you're not signed in, sign in with your Apple ID.
  2. Open the store app that you want to download content from.
    • iTunes Store: Tap Purchased > My Purchases.
    • iBooks: Tap Purchased, then look under Family Purchases.
    • App Store: Tap Purchased > My Purchases.
  3. Tap the family member's name to see their content. Learn what to do if you don’t see any content or can't tap your family member.
  4. To download an item, tap Download icon next to it.

On your Mac

  1. If you’re not signed in, sign in with your Apple ID.
  2. Open the iTunes, iBooks, or the Mac App Store, then go to the Purchased page.
    • iTunes: Click Store, then Purchased under Quick Links on the right side of the iTunes window.
    • iBooks: Click iBooks Store, then Purchased under Quick Links on the right side of the iBooks window.
    • Mac App Store: Click Purchased.
  3. To the right of Purchased, select a family member's name to view their content.
  4. Download or play the items that you want.

On your Apple TV

  1. On your Apple TV, select Movies, TV Shows, or App Store.
  2. Select Purchased > Family Sharing, then select your family member to see their content. You can access shared movies, TV shows, and apps on Apple TV, but not music.

On your Windows PC

  1. If you’re not signed in, sign in with your Apple ID.
  2. From the menu bar at the top of the iTunes window, choose Account > Family Purchases.
  3. Select a family member's name to view their content.
  4. Download or play the items that you want.

Review your Family Sharing settings

When you join a family, you're asked to confirm the Apple ID that you use for making iTunes Store, iBooks Store, and App Store purchases. After you choose and confirm your Apple ID, you can share purchases from that account with your family members.

Review your Family Sharing settings to make sure that you're signed in with the correct Apple ID and that purchase sharing is turned on.

iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Tap Settings > [your name] > Family Sharing. On iOS 10.2 or earlier, tap Settings > iCloud > Family. 
  2. Tap your name.
  3. Under Family Purchases, review your account information.
  4. Make sure that Share my purchases is on.

Mac

  1. Choose Apple () menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
  2. Click Manage Family.
  3. Click your name and review your account information next to Family Purchases.
  4. Make sure that Share my purchases is selected.

If you want to change the Apple ID that you use to share purchases with your family, you can sign in with a different account once every 90 days.

Learn more

Family Sharing requires a personal Apple ID signed in to iCloud and iTunes. 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 to be shared. 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.

*Not all content and content types are available in all countries or regions. To share purchased content, all family members must use the same iTunes Store country or region. Music, movies, TV shows, and books can be downloaded on up to 10 devices per account, five of which can be computers. Apps can be downloaded to any devices the family member owns or controls.

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