How Family Sharing Really Works: The Ultimate Guide
Family sharing is a handy new feature in iOS 8 that makes it particularly very easy and much convenient for families to share all kinds of content and data. One of the remarkable benefits of using Family Sharing is that everyone in your group can be able to access and exchange each other’s iTunes and App store purchases. This was more likely impossible in the dark days, but now every parent has the liberty to share purchases made in iTunes, the App store and iBooks, including exciting family photo libraries, calendars, purchases restrictions and more.
How Family Sharing Works
Everyone in the group can simply share the data and content purchased through their personal accounts, although each person retains all the authority over their account as an Organizer. Thus, as an Organizer a person is able to grant someone certain privileges and a kind of second-in-command status within their account, by acknowledging them either as a Parent/Guardian. A child’s account is ranked the lowest on the totem pole with little privileges. It can’t be directly linked with any credit card, and all purchases are made through the Organizer’s account. If anyone tries to purchase stuff with a child’s account, the group’s Organizer and anyone labelled as a Parent/Guardian receives an alert, every time a child tries to buy something. Permission to purchase stuff with a child’s account is determined by those in charge. They can either approve or disapprove the purchase at hand, before it goes through normally.
Family Sharing on either an iPhone, iPad or Mac is particularly very easy and requires iOS 8 to work. To set up an iOS device, simply go to Settings> iCloud> Set up Family Sharing. Afterword, you’ll get a brief overview of the feature; after you’re done going through the details, tap “Get Started”. Some series of screen shots will inform you, about your role as an Organizer, and you’ll also be asked to add a valid credit card to your Apple ID for your account to be verified. Although, if you happen to add a child to Family Sharing, please note a debit card won’t work because Apple requires all credit cards to prove, anyone willing to make a purchase from their account is actually an adult. Consequently, after adding a child to the group, you can in turn switch to a debit card as you wish.
More so, to set up Family Sharing using a Mac, first of all, make sure you’re using OS X Yosemite, afterward open System Preferences and click iCloud. Next, click the “Set Up Family” button located in the left column and follow the on-screen instructions carefully. Also worth knowing, the “Set Up Family” button will eventually change to “Manage Family” once you’ve finished with the initial process.
In iOS 8, the predefined list of members you wish to share can be easily managed in Settings> iCloud> Family. Similarly, a new member can be added by simply tapping “Add Family Member” and typing in their personal email address. In case you want to add any child, simply tap “Create an Apple ID for a child” and also set up an iCloud email account and password for the child. On a Mac, simply go to Settings> iCloud> Manage Family and click + button located in the lower-left corner.
That’s it! You’ve successfully set up a group for Family Sharing and good to go. Similarly as you make the most of this little handy feature, you might consider adding some restrictions on your child’s devices to restrict them from accessing any explicit or adult content. To do this simply go to Settings> General> Restrictions on child’s device – and you’d have successfully prevented your child from visiting, even the simplest adult’s content. Otherwise have some thrilling fun accessing all your family’s data and content, without simply having to buy anything more than once!