Set Up Family Sharing on Your iPhone 6

Edited by Grimm, Eng

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Steps

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    To start with, let's give a single press to the Home button at the bottom of your phone
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    Alternatively, you can also press the Lock button on the right hand side.
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    Swipe across to get to your home screen
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    Once you're on your home screen, you're going to look for Settings
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    Look around and you'll find the silver gear shift icon named 'Settings'.
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    Give that a single tap
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    Once you give it a tap, it's going to open you up to the Settings window. You will have the iCloud option, and the iTunes & App Store option.
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    The first thing you want to do is click on the iTunes & App Store option
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    Make sure that your Apple ID is shown, which will indicate that you're signed into it
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    And then tap back to Settings
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    Then tap on iCloud
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    When you tap on iCloud, it will take you to the overall settings for iCloud options.
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    You're going to want to tap on Set Up Family Sharing
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    Before you set up family sharing, you need to have a credit card set up
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    If you don't have a credit card set up, you're going to have to set that up on your Mac or your PC. It cannot be done through your traditional iPhone settings. So, you'll want to use your PC or your Mac to set that up.
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    Now, what we're going to do is we're going to tap on Get Started
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    But first, let's explain a little bit about what family sharing is. Family sharing allows you to share any music, books, movies or applications that are able to be shared by family members. It'll allow you to share anything that you have purchased. 'Purchased' simply means downloaded. Additionally, you can share your videos, photos and other moments like that in a family photo album. You can share your location - that is probably my favourite thing about this. You don't need to be pestering your spouse when they have vanished to the grocery store for four hours, and you find out they got lost in the broccoli isle. You can just simply check their location and see that they haven't been kidnapped or they dropped their phone in the broccoli and no one has noticed it yet. So that's helpful. It's also especially helpful with children. Children go on a field trip, or they're staying at a friend's house. Anytime you want to monitor or track your children, this is a great way to do it. Then you have the option to schedule events on the family calendar. The family calendar is fantastic. It's kind of like a digital replacement of the home refrigerator. It lets you coordinate with up to six family members (which is the maximum limit for family sharing) and just have a private family calendar. Dad's birthday, going to the park, whatever you want. And you can also have your own private calendar for whatever events are not shared, which lets you keep things private if you want them to be private. Finally, it lets you set up location services and help family members find their phones. If your child or spouse loses their phone, or you lose yours, other family members can help you find it. Instead of asking family members to call your phone, you can actually check and see where it is.
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    It's going to take you to the next window, which is just to inform you that you're about to set up the Family Setup, and the person setting this up is the organizer
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    The 'head' as they say. You want to keep in mind that being the family organizer means you're going to have to pay for everything. For anyone you add to this account, you're going to be responsible for their charges. You can set your limits, or require that others receive approval from you before their purchases, but if you don't set that up and charges are made you are 100% liable for those charges. They will not refund them, and I know this from personal experience paying thousands of dollars. So, make sure you set that up right.
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    So now, let's tap on Continue
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    You can see here that once we tap continue it tells us again that you can share purchases. We've already discussed that, but just so we recap one last time, you will be sharing your own purchases with the Apple ID and family members will be able to download those purchases, view them and see them. And any purchases they make will be through your account.
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    Let's tap on Continue
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    Now it's going to say "Payment method." If you didn't set up a payment method, let me remind you again that we did a tutorial on how to do that on the Mac and how to do that on the PC
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    It's very easy and simple, nothing to it. You're going to want to do that. If you already have it set up, then you have nothing to worry about.
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    You have to scroll down through this mess here about managing purchases
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    Just give it a quick tap
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    This is the part where I told you you're going to want to set things up
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    You're the family organizer, so learn how family purchases work. Once you set up a family account, any family member can make a purchase. You can give credit to a family member. But more important than the credit you give family members, is you can restrict them. "Approving purchases with Ask to Buy" - Ask to Buy is great because it protects you, even if it's your spouse, brother or whoever else may be on the account with you. To do that, we have a separate tutorial, but just to give you a quick overview here, we're going to follow the instructions under "iOS 8." You can do it on OS X Yosemite as well. Anyone under thirteen years of age has it enabled by default, but for everyone who has children you know there isn't really a big difference between twelve, thirteen or fourteen. Children make mistakes. That's why we don't give them credit cards, especially not our credit cards.
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    When you're done reading this, click Done
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    Now that you have indicated that you understand that, you click Continue
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    Now, you have the option to share your location with your family, or to not share your location with your family
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    You can set this up whichever way you want to set it up. I'm going to go ahead and choose to share my location.
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    Now I'm going to add a family member
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    When you want to add a family member, all you do is enter their email address
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    I'm going to add in my wife. I'm going to type that off screen so that she doesn't get bombarded.
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    There's an added layer of security here, which is a good thing
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    You're going to be asked for the security code from your credit card. Enter in the three-digit security code on the back of the credit card that you are paying with. That will allow you to add the person. So let's go off screen again. I suppose you don't want to share that code with anybody. No offense, guys.
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    You're going to tap on Next
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    It's going to verify the security code, which I had added in during the previous tutorial.
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    You can have this person enter in their password, if they already have an iCloud account
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    Or you can send an invitation for someone who does not yet have an iCloud account. For those of you who don't, send an invitation. Just tap on Send an Invitation, and it'll send an invitation to them.
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    Invitation has been sent
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    There you go! Give us a minute, and we'll see if that family member has accepted the invitation.
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    OK, so as you can see, she has been added and is now listed as an adult
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    That means she can purchase things.
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    Now if I want to change it, update or modify her information, I just tap her name and that's going to take me over here
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    And here I can change her status to Parent/Guardian, which allows her to approve buy requests from children
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    I can turn it off as well. I'm not too worried about that.
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    So let's tap back to Family
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    And tap back to iCloud
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    Keep in mind, when you want to add another family member, you can enter in someone's name if they're in your contacts list
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    And you do have the option to just type in their password if they already have an iCloud account.
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    Let's go back to iCloud
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    Back to Settings
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    Scroll back up to the top
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    Give the Home button a press
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    And that's it, ladies and gentlemen
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    This concludes our tutorial on how to set up family sharing on your iPhone 6 using iOS 8. Thank you very much for watching VisiHow. I do hope we were able to help you. If you have any more questions or need additional help, just let us know and we will help you get started. Thanks and have a great day!
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