How to Setup and Use Family Sharing in iOS 8: Complete Guide

The latest operating system (iOS 8 or later and OS X Yosemite) has redefined family digital life. Sharing in a group of a family has become more convenient than ever without having to share Apple ID or password. Here’s a complete guide to setup and start using Family Sharing features on your iPhone/iPad.

From sharing location, photos, apps, music, calendar events, approving kids’ spending from a parent’s device, paying for the family purchases with the same card and a lot more, family sharing keeps all family members connected to one another seamlessly.

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Complete Guide About Family Sharing on iOS 8 Or Later Or OS X Yosemite

Here’s all You Need to Get Started with Family Sharing in iOS 8:

How To Set Up Family Sharing On iOS 8

Setting up Family Sharing on iOS 8 or later is as simple as you would like. Just a few steps and you are done! Before enjoying this unstoppable connectivity in your group of family, you’ve got to set up family sharing first. Let’s know you can easily do so with only three steps!

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  • Open Settings
  • Tap on iCloud
  • Tap on Set Up Family Sharing

(You can now add members in the your family group)

Click here to know more about this.

How To Set Up Family Sharing On Mac OS X Yosemite

Family Sharing is not restricted to only iOS 8 or later. You can set it up on Mac running OS X Yosemite as well. Here’s how to setup Family Sharing on your Mac (you should be running OS X Yosemite):

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  • Click on the Apple Icon
  • Click on System Preferences

Click on System Preference on OS X Yosemite

  • Click on iCloud on the third row


  • If you are logged in click on Set Up Family Sharing


  • Click on Continue


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You will be shown the last –four- digits of your credit card that will be charged every time you or any other group of family purchase contents.

Click on Continue and you are good to go. You can then add family members to the family sharing account.

Click here to know more about how you can set Family Sharing On Mac Running OS X Yosemite.

How To Add More Members In Family Sharing

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You can add up to 6 members in Family Sharing. You must ensure all the members you are going to add in Family Sharing have an Apple ID. Here you go!

  • Open Settings
  • Tap on iCloud

Family Sharing iCloud Settings

  • Tap on Family
  • Tap on Family in iCloud Settings on iPhoneTap on Add Family Member

Tap on Add Family Member on iPhone

  • Enter the Apple ID of the person you want to add
  • Tap on Next


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Here’s some more info about how to add more members in Family Sharing.

How To Add A “Child” Below 13 Years As Family Members In Family Sharing

If you’ve passed along your old iPhone to your kid (< 13 years) or bought a new one for your kid, you might want to include this phone to your family sharing account too. But Apple typically only allows persons who are older than 13 years to create an Apple ID. How, then, do you add your kid to the family share? Fortunately, Apple lets you create a special child account in this case. Here’s how to get it done:

  • Open Settings
  • Tap on iCloud
  • Tap on Family Sharing
  • Tap on Create An Apple ID For A Child

iCloud Family Members

  • Tap on Next

Create an Apple ID for a Child

  • Select the Birthday of your child and tap on Next

Select Child Birthday to Create Apple ID

  • Enter the verification code of your credit card you have on your iTunes account.

Verify Child Apple iD

  • Now fill up some details (including the new iCloud ID and password for your child). Answer a few questions for password recovery.

That’s all! By creating a child account, you ensure that your kid can purchase apps but you will get a notification asking you to allow or deny the purchase. Only when you accept/allow the purchase will the app be downloaded/your card charged.

More details about Family Sharing for Child Accounts can be found here.

How To Download Apps/Music Through Family Sharing

Family Sharing lets you share all the downloaded apps or music without having to share iCloud accounts or Apple ID. Moreover, you don’t have to pay a single penny more to do so. But again, you can share it with only 6 members in a group of family. Let’s know how you can download apps/music through family sharing!

  • Launch App Store
  • Tap on Purchased
  • Scroll down, you will see Family Purchases Icon.

Download Apps and Music through Family Sharing in iOS 8

  • Tap on a family member (here you will see sections like, music, movies, apps, TV Shows etc.)

View and Download Purchased Apps through Family Sharing in iOS 8

  • Tap on a Section to view content.
  • Now you can start downloading the content from others’ purchases.

Note that the developer (of the app) or the publisher (of content like music/movies) should have made the app/content compatible with Family Sharing for this to work. (More about this in the next section.)

Click here to discover more about how to share downloaded apps or music in Family Sharing.

How To Check If An App Can Be Shared By Family Sharing

Not all the apps are compatible to Family Sharing. It depends upon developers to allow support of Family Sharing in their apps. You can easily check them out through a few simple steps. Here is how to do it!

  • Launch App Store
  • Go to the app’s page (Search the app and tap on it)
  • Scroll down to the Information section
  • Check Family Sharing
  • The app should either show Yes or Not Available

How to Check If An App Can Be Shared Through Family Sharing in iOS 8

Here’s more on this.

How To Share Calendar Events via Family Sharing

Sharing Calendar Events via Family Sharing has become more extremely simple now. You no longer have to take some cumbersome steps, require certain privileges or ownership to do so. Here’s how:

  • Launch Calendars app
  • Create a new event or tap on any existing one

Create a new event in iOS 8 Calendar

  • Tap on Calendar
  • Tap on Family to select the calendar

Tap on Family to select that calendar in iOS 8

  • Fill out the details of the event and tap on Done

You are done!

More info on sharing Calendar events via Family Sharing here.

How To Share Location via Family Sharing

You can share your location if you wish to with your family. It keeps all the family members aware of your whereabouts. It doesn’t take much for them to figure out where you are. Here is how you can do so.

  • Open Settings
  • Tap on iCloud
  • Scroll down and tap on Share My Location

Share My Location in iOS 8

  • Switch on Share My Location

Enable Share My Location in iOS 8

That’s it!

Here’s a more detailed look at location sharing in Family Sharing.

How To Stop Sharing Location via Family Sharing

While sharing location can be pretty good at times depending on the situation, it may not be convenient all the time especially when you don’t want others to know about your whereabouts. If for whatever reason, you don’t want to share your location with the group of family tied in Family Sharing, here’s how to disable it:

  • Open Settings
  • Tap on iCloud
  • Scroll down and tap on Share My Location from under the Advanced label

Turn Off Share My Location on iOS 8

  • Turn off Share My Location

Disable Share My Location on iOS 8

That’s all there is to it!

Click here to know more about how to stop sharing location via Family Sharing.

How To Remove A Member From Family Sharing

You can remove a member from Family Sharing if you don’t want that member to be part of the family group anymore. It’s easy too. Here’s how to do it:

  • Launch Settings
  • Tap on iCloud
  • Tap on Family
  • Tap on the family member you want to remove
  • Tap on Remove

Remove Member from Family Sharing iPhone and iPad

Click here to find out more about how to remove a member from Family Sharing.

General Tips:

  • One iCloud account can’t be used with more than one group of family at a time.
  • Only up to 6 members can be added in a group of family.
  • You can’t jump from one family group to another more than twice a year.
Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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