What if I told you there was a feature built into your iPhone , iPad and Mac that would save you money by allowing you to share app purchases, Apple Music subscriptions and iCloud Storage? Well, there is. With Family Sharing, you can still see which app other family members have paid for, and then download those apps for yourself without having to pay. There are other benefits to Family Sharing, too, like a group calendar, reminders list and even the option to track down a member's lost device. Family Sharing isn't complicated to set up, and only takes a few minutes for each member of the group. Before you create a group, make sure you decide who will be the family organizer -- they are responsible for setting up the group and sending out invites. Additionally, a Reminders list and a Calendar for your family group is created automatically. There's also a "Family" album created and shared between in the group in the Photos app. After you've decided who in your family is going to be the organizer of your group, that person will need to set up Family Sharing and send out invites.
Confirm the Apple ID you use for purchases
Getting set up is simple.
However, the family organizer can create an Apple ID on their child's behalf. If your child does not yet have an Apple ID, use the steps below to create one. First, make sure that you're using a supported payment method.
Make sure each family member has their own Apple ID
Use these steps to set up Family Sharing. You can start a new family group and invite people to join, or you can join someone else's family group. It includes the ability to set up an Apple ID for kids, set permissions remotely with Screen Time, and approve spending and downloads from a parent's device.
It allows you to share iCloud storage and purchases, but that comes with some caveats that have made it undesirable for many. While Apple should definitely address that shortcoming, there are now far more reasons to enable Family Sharing than even a year ago. Tap Get Started and follow the on-screen instructions. Family members you invite get a special iMessage, and must tap on it and then choose Join Family.