ipad family sharing

If you have more than one iPad and/or iPhone in your household, you should definitely set up Family Sharing.  Along with allowing up to six members share photos and purchased apps, it also allows for parents (or a single member) to control spending in the App Store and iTunes.

Here’s a quick-start guide to setting up Family Sharing:

Start a family group

Use these steps on your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Go to Settings > iCloud.
  2. Tap Set Up Family Sharing, then tap Get Started.
  3. Confirm that you want to be the family organizer and that you’re signed in with your personal Apple ID.
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions.

Invite people to join your family

You can add anyone who has an Apple ID to your family, as long as you’re both using iOS 8 or OS X Yosemite on your devices. You can also use these steps to add a child to your family group.

Invite someone from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. Go to Settings > iCloud > Family > Add Family Member.
  2. Enter your family member’s name or email address.
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions.

Join a family group

You can accept or decline an invitation to join a family from your device:

  • In iOS 8 on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > iCloud > Invitations.
  • To accept an invitation, follow the onscreen instructions. Here’s what you’ll be asked to do when you join:
    • Confirm your Apple ID and password.
    • Choose if you want to share your content and which iTunes Store account you want to share from.
    • Choose if you want to share your location. If you agree, your location can be displayed on family members’ devices in Find My Friends and Messages, and the location of your shared devices will also appear on family members’ devices in Find My iPhone.


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