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Apple’s Family Sharing provides features like a shared calendar, shared photo album, and shared apps from the App Store. We’ll look more deeply at how Family Sharing affects using apps on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (the concepts are similar on the Mac).
With Family Sharing, when anyone in the family buys an app, Apple charges the credit card that’s associated with your Family Sharing group. But, before you buy an app, remember that you can download apps that other family members have purchased, with no additional charge. Start by checking that family members are sharing their apps. For each person, on their iOS device, tap Settings > Apple ID Name > Family Sharing > Their Name, and turn on Share My Purchases.
Finding other people’s apps is a little tricky. On your device, open the App Store app, tap Updates, and tap Purchased. On the Purchased screen, tap a family member’s name to see and download their apps. Developers can exclude their apps from this free sharing option, so if you don’t see an app, that might be why.
With Ask to Buy, when a child tries to download an app or make an in-app purchase, a message appears, telling them to tap Ask.
Who counts as a child, and who gets to approve purchases? Initially, the approval task falls to the family organizer, but any adult in the group can handle it. For this to happen, the organizer should tap Settings > Apple ID Name > Family Sharing > Adult Name, and then turn on the Parent/Guardian switch. This is the same Family Sharing screen where you can add or remove children from Ask to Buy.
After tapping Ask, the child has two options:
If the purchase isn’t authorized within 24 hours, the child will have to try again.
What if someone in your family bought an app that turned out to be a dud, or that everyone has outgrown? Or what if you bought an app but don’t want others to know about it? Take one or both of these actions:
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