Thursday, February 2

How to set up Family Sharing on your iPhone or Mac | Digital Trends Spanish


Did you know that up to six members of a family can share their music, TV shows, iCloud storage, and multiple Apple subscriptions? If you’re new to this tool, we’ll explain what it is and how to set up Family Sharing on your iPhone or Mac.

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What is Apple Family Sharing

Family Sharing is an Apple feature that aims to make it easier for a family to share multimedia content, such as music, movies, or books, purchases, subscriptions, and storage on devices such as iPhone phones, iPad tablets, or Mac computers. .

What is the peculiarity? That you don’t need to share your Apple ID, but each member of your family maintains their own ID, allowing you to keep things more personalized, organized, secure and private.

Another advantage is that it allows you to set up accounts for children, remotely set permissions to access functions and approve expenses and downloads from the main device. In addition, you can authorize a certain amount of spending for your children, among other functions.

The tool allows you to share access to your iCloud+, Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Fitness+, Apple News+, and Apple Arcade subscriptions, as well as purchases you make through iTunes, Apple Books, and the App Store.

Step 1: Create a group in Family Sharing

To use Apple’s Family Sharing feature, the first thing you need to do is create a group from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.

On an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Screen of an iPhone with Apple's Family Sharing feature.
  • go to Setting.
  • Press your name.
  • Choose Share with family.
  • press set up family.
  • Follow the onscreen instructions to set up the family and invite members.

on a mac

Screen of a Mac with Apple Family Sharing.
  • Select the Apple menu and then System preferences.
  • click on Share with family (or in iCloud if you’re using macOS Mojave or earlier).
  • Confirm the Apple ID you want to use for Share with family.
  • Make sure the option Share my purchases is selected.
  • Follow the instructions on the screen.

Please note that when you enable purchase sharing, you are agreeing to pay for purchases initiated by all members of the group with the payment method entered, such as a credit or debit card.

Step 2: Invite people to the family group

Once you have created the family group, you should start inviting its members. You can carry out the process from mobile or desktop devices with the following steps:

On an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  • go to Setting.
  • Touch your name and then Share with family.
  • touch add member.
  • Enter the family member’s name or email address and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Choose if you prefer to send an invitation by Posts or do it in person. Follow the instructions on the screen.
  • If your family member is with you, they can enter their Apple ID password on your device to accept the invitation.

on a mac

  • Select the Apple menu and then System preferences.
  • click on Share with family. If you’re using macOS Mojave or earlier, you must press iCloud and then manage family.
  • click on add relative and follow the instructions on the screen.
  • If your family member is with you, they can enter their Apple ID password on your device to accept the invitation.

If you use more than one Apple ID in the iTunes Store and App Store, you can also add them and share purchases from your other accounts. However, you must have an Apple ID you can belong to only one group. You can also create or add an Apple ID for a child

Step 3: Join a family group

A grandmother and her granddaughter laugh and celebrate while wearing headphones to listen to music from a cell phone.

You can accept or decline an invitation to join a family group from your device. You will receive an invitation by email or text message. You will be able to reply directly from that message.

If you don’t receive or see the email or text message, don’t worry. You can reply from Setting or System preferencesdepending on the device you use.

On an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  • go to Setting and touch your name.
  • Press the option then, Invitations.
  • Follow the instructions on the screen to accept the invitation.
  • You may need to confirm your account information and agree to configured features or services.

on a mac

  • Select the Apple menu and go to System preferences
  • click on Share with family. If you’re using macOS Mojave, select iCloud and click Manage family.
  • Follow the instructions on the screen to accept the invitation.
  • You may need to confirm your account information and agree to configured features or services.

How to check that a family member accepted the invitation

After sending the invitation, you can check the status under the person’s name.

On an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  • go to Settingtouch your name, and then Share with family.
  • Select the person’s name to check the status of the invitation.
  • If you want to send it again, click resend invitation.

on a mac

  • Select the Apple menu and then System preferences
  • Choose Share with family. If you’re using macOS Mojave, select iCloud Y manage family.
  • Select the person’s name to check the status of the invitation. To send it again, click resend invitation.

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