How to Add a Parent to Approve Purchases in Family Sharing (Updated for iOS 15)

Can two parents use Family Sharing? Yes! Here's how to add a second adult to approve kids' purchases in Apple's Family Sharing.

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Can you have two organizers in an Apple Family Sharing group? No, but the family organizer of each group can enable Ask to Buy for the kids, and designate a second parent or guardian to approve kids' Apple purchases. Let's learn how set up Family Sharing to allow a second adult Family Group member to block or approve Ask to Buy requests in Family Sharing on an iPhone or iPad.  

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

We've already gone over how to set up Family Sharing, a service Apple offers that allows family members with separate Apple IDs to join a Family Sharing group and share Apple Music, Books, TV, apps, and other Apple purchases, among other benefits. Now, let's learn how to allow a second adult Family Sharing group member to approve or block Ask to Buy requests from kids (Ask to Buy can't be enabled for adult family members). This way, both parents, or any two adult members of the same Family Sharing group can approve or deny a child's request. For more great Family Sharing and parental control tutorials, 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 of the page.

    click your name in the banner at the top of the page
     
  3. Tap Family Sharing.

    tap family sharing
     
  4. Tap the name of the second adult family member to whom you want to give purchase approval power, then tap Role.

    tap the adult profile you want to add and tap Role
     
  5. Tap Parent/Guardian

    tap parent/guardian
     
  6. Return to the Family menu, and if you haven't already, tap Ask To Buy.

    tap Ask to Buy under Family
     
  7. Tap each child's name, and toggle on Ask to Buy for each child. 

    toggle on ask to buy

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

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