How to Set Up Family Sharing on iOS 11

Getting Started

Assuming that you’re the organizer, here’s how to set up Family Sharing.

  1. On your iOS device, open Settings.
  2. At the top (on iOS 11) you’ll see your name and photo. Tap on that. In the middle menu, tap on Set Up Family Sharing.
  3. You’ll be asked to choose which feature you want to set up first. Tap on the one you want and follow onscreen instructions like adding a photo and entering your credit card security code.
  4. Tap on the person you want to assign as the parent/guardian.
  5. Then, add family members from your contacts to send them invites.
  6. Each member will get a notification on their device that they can tap on and accept. Family Sharing will be set up automatically for them.

Set up Family Sharing in iOS.

Sharing Purchases

Family members can share purchases on up to 10 devices, 5 of which can be computers.

iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

  1. Open the store app that you want to download content from, then go to the Purchased page:
    • iTunes Store: On your iPhone or iPod touch, tap More > Purchased.
    • iBooks: Tap Purchased.
    • App Store: Tap Updates > Purchased.
  2. Tap the family member’s name to see their purchases. Tap on the cloud button to download an item.

Share Family Purchases in iOS when you set up Family Sharing.


  1. Open the iTunes, iBooks, or the Mac App Store, then go to the Purchased page.
    • iTunes: Click Store, then Purchased under Quick Links on the right side of the iTunes window.
    • iBooks: Click iBooks Store, then Purchased under Quick Links on the right side of the iBooks window.
    • Mac App Store: Click Purchased.
  2. To the right of Purchased, select a family member’s name to view their content. Download or play the items that you want.

Share Family Purchases in macOS when you set up Family Sharing.

Apple TV

  1. On your Apple TV, select Movies, TV Shows, or App Store.
  2. Select Purchased > Family Sharing, then select your family member to see their content. You can access shared movies, TV shows, and apps on Apple TV, but not music.

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