If you’re looking to sync up all your apps with your family (mainly for the purpose of sharing subscriptions) then Apple has a program for that. The way it works is that one adult in your family invites everyone else to join and sets up accounts for anyone under 13. Once family members join, Family Sharing is set up on everyone’s devices automatically. The group then chooses which services and features they’d like to use and share. Apple’s Family Sharing feature lets you share your purchases and subscriptions with up to six people in your family, without the need for sharing your Apple ID or password. This is a great tool for families that use the same video streaming apps, etc. & purchase their rights through the App Store.
What is Family Sharing?
Family Sharing is an Apple feature that lets you share your purchases from the App Store, iTunes Store, and Apple Books, an Apple Music family subscription, an iCloud storage plan, and more with your family members. It also enables you to set up an Apple ID for children and use Ask to Buy to help manage app downloads and in-app purchases.
Setting up Family Sharing
Setting up Family Sharing is an easy process. Head to the Settings app, tap on your name at the top, then select Family Sharing. After clicking on “Set up your family,” you can then invite your family members via iMessage. Once they accept your invitation, they are added to your Family Sharing group.
Benefits of Family Sharing
- Sharing Purchases: Any app or media content bought by a family member can be accessed by others in the group. This is great for families who enjoy the same music, books, or games.
- Apple Subscriptions: Services like Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple News+, and Apple Arcade can be shared among the group without additional cost.
- iCloud Storage: The entire family can contribute to an iCloud Storage plan, without having to pay for separate storages.
- Location Sharing: Family Sharing enables the ‘Find My’ feature, which allows you to share your location with family members or help find a lost device.
- Parental Controls: For families with young kids, the ‘Ask to Buy’ feature lets parents approve or decline app downloads or in-app purchases made by their children.
In the end, Family Sharing is a fantastic feature for families invested in the Apple ecosystem. It saves money, promotes sharing, and adds an extra layer of control for parents, all without compromising individual privacy. It’s truly a testament to Apple’s user-focused philosophy.
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