How to Add a Second Adult to Approve Kids' Purchases in Family Sharing

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Apple allows family members with separate Apple IDs to join a Family Sharing group and share Apple Music, Book, TV, apps, and other Apple purchases, among other benefits. The Family Organizer of each group can enable Ask to Buy and designate a second adult to approve kids' Apple purchases, as well. This way, both parents, or a parent and step-parent, or parent and grandparent, or any two adult members of the same Family Sharing group can approve or deny a child's request (Ask to Buy can't be enabled for adult family members). We've already gone over how to set up Family Sharing, now let's learn how to allow a second adult Family Group member to approve or block Ask to Buy requests.  

Related: How to Use an iTunes Gift Card with Family Sharing 

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap your name at the top of the page.

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  3. Tap Family Sharing.
  4. Tap the name of the second adult family member to whom you want to give purchase approval power.

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  5. Toggle on Parent/Guardian
  6. Return to the Family Members menu, and if you haven't already, tap each child's name and toggle on Ask to Buy

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Now, all purchases made by each child will require the approval of one of the designated parents.

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