Learn how to share iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases between family members on a Mac.

Family Sharing is a great feature for any family who wishes to share content with each other. With Family Sharing enabled on your Mac it’s possible for up to six family members to share and access from iTunes, the App Store, and Apple Music. The only requirement is that one adult in the household needs to act as the administrator. They can invite other family members, choose features, and approve purchases; while the rest of the family enjoys shared music, photos and more.

To get started:

  1. Open System Preferences. You can do this by clicking the Apple logo in the desktop menu, then System Preferences.
  2. Click on iCloud.
  3. Click Family Sharing.
  4. Follow the on-screen prompts to enable Family Sharing.


How to invite a family member

Whenever you want to add a family member:

  1. Go to System Preferences, then click iCloud.
  2. Click Manage Family.
  3. Click +, or click the Add Family Member button,.
  4. Enter your family member’s name, email address, or Game Center nickname.

If they’re with you they can enter their Apple ID address and password and be added straight away. Otherwise, an invitation will be sent on your behalf. Once they have accepted they will appear in the Family Members sidebar.


How to enable Purchase Sharing

With Purchase Sharing enabled, once something is purchased from iTunes, iBooks, or the App Store, everyone in your family can download it for free too. To turn Purchase Sharing on:

  1. Go to System Preferences, then click iCloud.
  2. Click Manage Family.
  3. Click the My Apps & Services tab.
  4. Click Share my purchases with family.

You can manage the shared payment method from this panel, or disable Purchase Sharing at a later date.

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