Week 3: Foster trust with Family Sharing

This is Week 3 of our new series: 8 Weeks of iOS 8, where we cover some basic, cool features in the new operating system for your iPhone and iPad.

Managing Apple IDs for family members has always been a pain. Traditionally, families have all shared one Apple ID so that they don't have to re-purchase content. But, what this usually led to was either the kids messing up the family Apple ID, or the parents receiving all of the kids' text messages, etc. It was inevitably a mess.

With iOS 8, there's a solution. Apple introduced a feature called Family Sharing, whereby parents can create restricted Apple IDs for their kids. Whenever a child attempts to make a purchase, the parent is alerted and asked to either approve or deny the purchase. 

Family members can also download content which another member purchased at no additional cost. This applies to apps, music, movies, iBooks, and any other content sold by Apple.

And it doesn't stop here! Family Sharing means that members can also share a family calendar, photo album, location information, and more. 

To set up Family Sharing as a parent, be sure your device has been updated to iOS 8. Next, go to Settings → iCloud, and tap on "Family Sharing." From here, you can either add a family member or create a new account for a family member.

To learn more about Family Sharing, click here.

Rick Stawarz

Minneapolis, MN

I am an Apple Certified Support Professional with over a decade of experience supporting families, schools, and businesses. Tech has always captured my imagination, but it's not my only passion. I'm an ordained Anglican minister;  Aeropress is a daily ritual of mine; I've driven across Mongolia; and I'm the father of three girls. I hope to provide for you a balanced and realistic perspective into the practicality of technology.