How to Access Shared App & Music Purchases in Apple Family Sharing

How to Access & Download Shared Purchases in Family Sharing

The best part of Apple Family Sharing is... sharing! After setting up your Family Group, you can get to sharing all of your content including iTunes purchases like apps, music, TV shows, and movies, as well as books from the iBooks store (well, except for the content that's hidden.) I love sharing music with my boys, but don't care to have any of their apps on my phone. With this tip you can use Family Sharing to share everything you want to and download none of what you don't. Here’s how to access and download shared purchases with Family Sharing.

Related: How to Hide App Store, iBooks, and iTunes Purchases in Family Sharing

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First, you're going to want to check and make sure that your sharing settings are correct. To do this:

  • Open Settings

  • Tap the banner at the top with your name.

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  • Select Family Sharing.

  • Now check and make sure Purchase Sharing is set to On. If it isn't, go ahead and toggle it on now.

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To access your family's shared content, head to the store that you want to download content from and find the Purchased tab.

For the App Store:

  • Open the App Store app.

  • Tap Updates.

  • Select Purchased.

  • Click on the family member you'd like to download from.

For iTunes:

  • Open the iTunes app.

  • Tap More.

  • Choose Purchased.

  • Click on the family member you'd like to download from.

For iBooks:

  • Open the iBooks app.

  • Tap Purchased.

  • Click on the family member you'd like to download from.

After tapping the family member you'd like to download content from, you'll see a list of their content along with a cloud icon. Tap the cloud icon to download the item.

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Becca is a blogger, freelance writer, and iDevice addict. She lives in the middle of the Arizona desert with her husband and two boys, and can't imagine life getting any better. Read about her crazy life at MyCrazyGoodLife.com, or connect with her on twitter @BeccaLudlum