Family Sharing iPhone 1

Apple has faced a lot of criticism over the years with regards to parental controls on the App Store, especially because of headlines of children racking up thousands of dollars on in-app purchases.

Aiming to eliminate that problem for good, the company has introduced a new feature in iOS 8 called Family Sharing. Apple already has a similar feature in Home Sharing, but Family Sharing takes this feature to a whole new level… 

Family Sharing can be used for sharing iTunes media, ranging from music and movies to apps and books. It also can be used to automatically share photos, calendars, reminders, or find my friends. Now you can track iOS devices, including those that belong to your family or friends. If you have a young child, sibling or other family member who has ever lost their device under the couch, this feature is just for you.

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The real emphasis here is on apps, because the huge catch about Family Sharing is that the primary device linked to a credit card receives a notification when another family member attempts to make an app or in-app purchase on the same account. Family Sharing can be used by up to six devices that are linked to the same credit card on file in iTunes.

We will have additional coverage on Family Sharing in the days ahead.

  • Abdul

    I would like to see that

  • Lukaz Bernardez

    Great now moms can get my kamaSutra HD for free .-.

  • blu

    why don’t they just do multiple users on a device? That way I can have all my apps for me, and limit the ones available to the kids.

    • That will be cutting down on potential profits…

  • timerino

    Six devices or Six AppleIDs? The screen shot seems to imply six accounts (including the owner) can be shared?

  • Toan Nguyen Duc

    But my sister and I always buy our apps/songs with itunes cards and not via credit card…will this work too..?

    • Good question, this might be their way of attracting people to add their credit card details…not for me.

  • Officer5482

    I had mine set up and had to reset my phone, now when i try to set up family sharing i get “cannot complete action, you have hit the limit to join a family” kind of aggravating if you ask me. There is no way to manage your family sharing that i can see once you log out of it.

    • Jason

      Mine did the same thing. Now I can’t find a way to turn it back on.

    • Russ Troester

      Same here

      • Surendra Kashyap

        I am having exactly the same problem.

        one account is developer account and the other account is non-developer account but participant Yosemite beta program.

        I would like to make these two ID part of the family. I tried to make each other organizor that is where I hit this issue but there is no to reset. Don’t know if there is web-interface. I keep getting, I have hit the limit. Regardless which account is setup a organizor.

  • Adam Briggs

    I set this up on my phone and my wife’s phone. Activated the “Share my purchases” switch. Found an app on her phone that I bought (and is able to be shared). Downloaded it. But every time I try and open it on her phone it says “This app is no longer shared with you. To use it, you must buy it from the App Store.”
    After times deleting the app and re-downloading, I gave up and decided I’d just buy the app on her phone as well. When I try this it tells me it has all ready been purchased by a family member and can be downloaded for free… so I download it… same error as above.

    Is anyone else experiencing anything like this?

    • Will Roden

      I have the exact same scenario with my daughter. I posted about it on apple’s discussion board and got no response. I will call if it doesn’t clear itself up soon, but I’m not looking forward to dealing with Apple’s customer service.

      • Corey Paff

        I have seen lots of the same issue and still no answers …