How to Send & Accept Family Sharing Invitations

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Family Sharing is a money-saving program offered by Apple that allows up to six family members to share an iCloud storage plan, an Apple Music family membership, and purchases from Apple Music, iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store. Family Sharing group members can access the same content across multiple devices, without sharing accounts. Once you've set up Family Sharing and started your Family Group, adding members is simple. And you can invite new members anytime. Here's how to send and accept family sharing invitations, so you can start sharing Apple purchases with your closest family members. 

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  • Open Settings.
  • Tap on your name at the top of the page.

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  • Tap on Family Sharing.  
  • Tap Add Family Member.

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Now you'll be offered three options for how to add your new family member. You can invite them via iMessage, in person, or create a Child Account.

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When you invite via iMessage, the person you're inviting to your Family Group will receive the invitation via text message.

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If you select the Invite in Person option, you can select them using their name, their email address, or their Game Center nickname. Once your invitation has been sent, you'll see the potential new Family Sharing member in your Family Members section.

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Once your amily member receives the message that they've been invited to your Family Group they can accept or decline right from the invitation screen. 

 

If they accept your invitation, they'll be asked if they would like to share their location. Their location is only shared with members in their Family Group. and they can always change their answer at a later time. 

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What to Do If Your Family Sharing Invitation Doesn’t Work

Several people have been having trouble accepting a Family Sharing invitation once it's sent; the Accept tab just doesn't function! Until Apple fixes this glitch, there's a workaround, but you'll need the Apple ID of the person you're trying to add.

Follow the earlier steps outlined, and choose Invite in Person when the three choices for how to invite someone to your Family Sharing group appears. Now,

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