Monday, April 6, 2015

Save Some Cash & Set Parental Controls - Learn How To Use Family Sharing On Your IPhone/IPad.

The latest version of IOS - version 8, introduced a myriad of new features. One that is often ignored, but quite beneficial, is called Family Sharing. This new feature gives a maximum of six people, the ability to share purchased content (ITunes, Apps, IBooks, etc.), photos, locations and calendars from their individual Apple accounts. The "family" does not have to share their individual Apple ID and Password.


This will allow one member to make family purchases with the same credit card and approve kids’ spending right from a parent’s device. Buy an App, one time, and share it. You can also share photos, a family calendar, and more to help keep everyone connected. You can use Family Sharing on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 8, your Mac with OS X Yosemite and iTunes 12, or your PC with iCloud for Windows 4.0. So, which specific devices can run IOS 8? IPhones 4s or newer, Ipad 2 or newer, iPad Mini or newer and Ipod Touch 5g can all run IOS 8 and Use Family Sharing. Once you’ve set up Family Sharing, all the eligible songs, albums, movies, TV shows, books, and apps ever purchased by any family member is immediately available to everyone else in the family. And, of course, so are new purchases. The content appears automatically in the Purchased tab in iTunes, iBooks, or the App Store for each family member. Just select the family member whose collection you’d like to browse, then download and play the content you choose. Other family members can access your collection in the same way. If you want to keep some purchases private, you can choose to hide individual items. Now that you have upgraded to IOS 8.x, let's look at how to set it up.

  1. To use Family Sharing, there needs to be one organizer who heads up the account. Once you enable Family Sharing, any purchase made from the connected devices will be charged to the family organizer's iTunes account. To set up a Family Sharing account, the family organizer should go to Settings > iCloud > Set up Family Sharing... > Get Started > Continue on his Apple device. If asked, enter your Apple ID, agree to the terms and conditions, and tap "Continue" to confirm that you agree to pay for all iTunes, iBooks and App Store purchases made by family members, and that your payment method is correct.
  2. Next, add family members to your group. Tap "Add Family Member" and type in their names or email addresses. When you add family members, they'll each receive an email that will ask them to accept the Family Sharing invite. You can add up to five other family members.
  3. When the other members have accepted, everyone can access each others' apps, movies, TV shows, music, and books etc. Go to the "Purchased" pages in the iTunes store, iBook store or App Store. Choose the family member whose content you want, and download.
  4. To hide purchases, go to "Purchased" on the right side of iTunes, select content type (Music, Movies, TV Shows, Apps or Books) and you'll see your purchases. Choose the icon of the content you want to hide by placing your mouse over it, and click the "X" on the top left corner. When you hide your purchases, members of the Family Sharing group won't be able to download them.
  5. You can also share Photos and a Family Calendar & Reminders. Go to the Photos App on your device and you'll see a new photo stream called "Family." This is where family members can share photos and videos. Go to the Calendar App and you will find a new Family Calendar that everyone can edit. You can also set up notifications to let you know when other members add content.
  6. When a member joins Family Sharing, their device will automatically share their location with the group. If you would like to turn off location sharing on an individual device, go to Settings > iCloud > Share My Location and disable it. With Family Sharing, each family member's device will automatically show up in the Find My iPhone app. When someone in your family is searching for a missing device, Find My iPhone can help you find it. To hide your location from family members on Find My iPhone, go to your Family Sharing settings and disable "Show My Devices."
  7. Parental Controls - Children under the age of 13 can be a part of Family Sharing. However, the family organizer must create the child's Apple ID. To create a child's account, the family organizer can go to Settings > iCloud > Family. Tap the request at the bottom. Once a parent creates an account for the child, the "Ask to Buy" feature is automatically activated. When your child tries to download anything from iTunes, iBooks or App Store, he will receive a notification saying, "A request to buy this app will be sent to your parents." The family organizer will receive a notification with the name of the child, what he is trying to download and its price. The parent will have to approve the purchase before the child can download it. The family organizer can also control what content his child has access to by going to the "Restrictions" setting (on the family organizer's device) or "Parental Controls" in iTunes.
At some point you may want to remove an individual from Family Sharing. Fortunately, it is easy to do. Just go back to Settings>ICloud>Family, choose a member and select Remove. Keep in mind that you will no longer have access to your family members' Apps, music, movies, TV shows, books, shared photos, calendar, reminders and location information.