How to Set Up Apple Cash Family on Your iPhone

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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

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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 has over a dozen years of experience writing for online publications. As a Feature Writer for iPhone Life, she has authored hundreds of how-to, Apple news, and gear review articles, as well as a comprehensive Photos App guide. Leanne holds degrees in education and science and loves troubleshooting and repair. This combination makes her a perfect fit as manager of our Ask an Expert service, which helps iPhone Life Insiders with Apple hardware and software issues.
In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.