The & # 39; Family Sharing & # 39 ;, project launched by Apple in 2014 with the arrival of versions running on Mac 8 X Yosemite, has even managed to share apps, shopping, music, movies, books and much more among family members .
This article shows you how to set up & # 39; Family & # 39; s on all your Apple devices. We will use iOS 12 and macOS Mojave to show you how to share & # 39; Family & # 39; other members of your family, and up to 6 people.
Benefits of & # 39; Family & # 39;
Once you've done & # 39;In the family& # 39 ;, You will no longer need to purchase individual apps or content. When a family member buys a program, book or other content from Apple stores, it will be immediately available to all other members.
(Usually, app developers and content creators should activate & # 39; Family & # 39; on their devices. If they don't, they won't be able to benefit. But, as far as we know, most do.)
A family unit can contain up to six people, and everyone pays the same credit card, so this plan is ideal for families who want to consolidate their purchases. Parents are allowed to have control over and purchase control of their children, which must be allowed.
Another benefit is that you can restrict small family members, so when a child asks to buy something, an alert comes from an elder's phone. If this option is activated, the teen will not be able to purchase until approved.
There are some benefits associated with activating & # 39; Family & # 39; Interacts with other Apple services, such as iCloud and & # 39; Search my friends & # 39; You can share storage from one iCloud account.
With & # 39; In Family & # 39; s schedule, you get a party calendar and reminders for your family so you can plan events together. You can share location with family members.
And everyone can contribute to an album of shared family photos that are accessible (and updated) on individual devices.
How to set up & # 39; Family & # 39; s on an iPad or iPhone
It should be noted that the easiest way to organize & # 39; Family & # 39; s is through an iPad or iPhone. (You can also fix it on a Mac, we'll see later, but it's a bit more complicated).
Open the & # 39; Settings & # 39; App. At the top you'll see your name and photo, when you upload it. Click on it to see the configuration of your Apple ID. Now touch & # 39; Prepare in Family & # 39; (If you have already configured the service, this will only say & # 39; Family & # 39;).
Next, you'll see a series of windows that you can quickly open and briefly explain the features that you can use with & # 39; Family & # 39; s also containing warnings about sharing your account.
First, there is the option to add family members, where you will need your child's ID and password that can be entered in parallel. Below, you'll see a list of & # 39; shared tasks & # 39;
You can enter each activity to decide what to do, such as purchase sharing, location sharing, usage watch time, iCloud storage or sharing services such as Apple Music, Apple Arcade or Apple TV.
Inside the & # 39; Payment & # 39; Payment screen you will find important details. The last four digits of your credit or debit card associated with the Apple ID you use are shown here.
When a family member purchases and authorizes, the charge will be charged to the card you have indicated here.
In addition to sharing apps and any kind of digital content, "Family" lets you share location information with your family. On the next screen, you can decide that your location data will be shared with other members.
When everyone accepts your invitation, they can choose if they want to share their location. There are specific instructions for this section to protect the privacy of individuals.
Choose & # 39; Share location & # 39; no at this time. You can return to this point whenever you want to change it. So far, a review of the activities you can prepare as a family planner. Let's look at adding new members.
We teach you how to create, modify, reset and delete your Apple ID If it turns out that you need to change the linked email or forget your password.
Install family members on iOS
From the Apple ID screen for & # 39; Settings & # 39; on your iPhone or iPad, tap & # 39; Family & # 39; then & # 39; Enter a family member & # 39; You will have the option of inviting them via iMessage or in person.
There is a special option and process for secondary accounts, since those under 13 cannot create their own Apple ID.
Before sending out invitations, you can request to confirm that you are a family planner and that you have the authority to do so. You must enter a security code for a credit or debit card linked to an account.
If you have selected iMessage mode, iOS will automatically create a message containing a brief description of what it means to chat with family and instructions to join a group.
You will only need to write the contact details of a possible family member (if in your contact list, start writing and they'll suggest it for you). Enter any descriptive comments and press submit.
A family member will receive your invitation, accept or reject and choose if you want to share location data. And all of this needs to be done to add a new person to the family.
A personal option where your relative is near you to add. In this case, you must fill in your Apple ID and device password.
How to set up & # 39; Family & # 39; for Mac
You can also set up & # 39; Family & # 39; using your Mac; Also, it's very simple, as long as Mac uses the macOS Yosemite version or later. Here's how to set up & # 39; Family & # 39; s for all your family members on a Mac with MacOS Mojave (similar to previous versions).
- Open & # 39; System Preferences> iCloud & # 39; Touch & # 39; Sign in & # 39; and enter your Apple ID and password.
- Click on & # 39; Prepare in Family & # 39 ;.
- Click & # 39; Continue & # 39 ;.
- The window will show the account you will use to share the purchase. Also check that it is your primary Apple ID account and click & # 39; Continue & # 39;
- The purchase window started by your family will show which card is used for payment. Click & # 39; Continue & # 39 ;.
- Click the box next to & # 39; I accept the iTunes Store Terms & Conditions & # 39; then click & # 39; I accept & # 39;
- If you want to use & # 39; Search my friends to find your family & # 39 ;, explore the option & # 39; Share your location & # 39; & # 39; Continue & # 39; (otherwise, click & # 39; Not Now & # 39; & # 39; Continue & # 39;)
& # 39; & # 39; Family & # 39; now set to your Mac. The next step is to add new members.
Add family members using macOS
Now that you have set up & # 39; Family & # 39; on your Mac, it's time to add a new member. Here we show you how to add people in a simple way:
- Open & # 39; System Preferences> iCloud & # 39; then click & # 39; Manage Family & # 39 ;.
- Click on the plus sign on the top left to add a new family member.
- Enter the family member's email address and click Continue & # 39 ;. (You can write their names, if it is your contacts, and select the right person suggested. Or their Game Center nickname).
- Make sure you are a family planner by entering the CVV three-card payment card codes associated with your account. Click & # 39; Continue & # 39 ;.
- Decide how you will invite a new member, either by email invitation, or by entering a password.
- Enter your Apple ID password and click Continue & # 39 ;.
Who pays for & # 39; Family & # 39;
It's important to remember that the person planning the & # 39; Family & # 39; you're an editor. You are the person who owns and pays for all purchases. Therefore, if you set up & # 39; Share as a Family & # 39; s partner with your family members, you will be charged for all your purchases.
There is also no way that other family members can pay for family content. Only the person who created the group initially can pay (or the card they inserted, which can be a joint account).
Other family members may leave the & # 39; Family & # 39; if he wants to pay for an application or music, but he can do so twice a year. So, make sure to pay for all & # 39; Share & # 39; Families & # 39;