How to Set Up Apple Cash Family on Your iPhone

If you've set up Apple Family Sharing, you can enable Apple Cash Family so your kids can use Apple Cash to make purchases, as well as send and receive money via Messages.

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If you've set up Family Sharing for your family group, you can use Apple Cash Family to set up Apple Cash for your children. This way, your kids can send and receive money in Messages and make purchases. 

Related: How to Set Up Apple Family Sharing

Getting Started with Apple Cash Family

Make sure you've got every you need to set up Apple Cash Family.

Setting Up Apple Cash Family

We've already covered how to send and accept Apple Family Sharing invitations on your iPhone, how to use Apple Family Sharing to share apps and music, and how to create an Apple ID for a child under 13. For more great ways to use Apple Pay, check out our free Tip of the Day.

  1. Open the Settings app.

    iphone settings app
  2. Tap your name in the banner at the top, then tap Family Sharing.

    tap family sharing
  3. Tap the child's name that you want to set up Apple Cash for.

    tap the child's name
  4. Tap Set Up Apple Cash.

    set up apple cash
  5. Tap Continue.

    tap continue
  6. Follow the instructions on screen; you may need to verify your identity. 
  7. Tap Done to initiate card activation.

    tap done to activate card
  8. You'll see Pending next to your child's name.

    apple cash account pending
  9. After approval, you'll see On next to your child's name.

    apple cash app approved
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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

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