Setting up Family Sharing in OS X

In OS X El Capitan, and iCloud, the Family Sharing function enables you to share items that you have downloaded from the App Store, such as music and movies, with up to six other family members, as long as they have an Apple ID. Once this has been set up it is also possible to share items such as family calendars, photos and even see where family members’ devices are located.

To set up Family Sharing:

Step 1
Click on the iCloud button in System Preferences

family1_yosemite

 

 

 

Step 2
Click on the Set Up Family Sharing button (or the Manage Family button if Family Sharing has already been set up)

family2_yosemite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3
One person will be the organizer of Family Sharing, i.e. in charge of it, and if you set it up then it will be you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the + button to add other family members    family4_yosemite

 

To use Family Sharing, other family members must have an Apple device using either iOS 8 (or later) for a mobile device (iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch) or OS X Yosemite (or later) for a desktop or laptop Mac computer.

 

Step 4
Enter the name or email address of a family member and click on the Continue button

family5_yosemite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5
Verify your debit or credit card information for your iCloud account, as this will be used by the family member for making purchases. Click on the Continue button

family6_yosemite

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 6
Enter your Apple ID password and click on the Continue button

family7_yosemite

 

 

If children are part of the Family Sharing group you can specify that they need your permission before downloading any items from the iTunes Store, the App Store or the iBooks Store. To do this, click on iCloud in System Preferences and click on the Manage Family button. Select a family member and check On the Ask to Buy button. You will then receive a notification whenever they want to buy something and you can either allow or deny their request.

If children are part of the Family Sharing group you can specify that they need your permission before downloading any items from the iTunes Store, the App Store or the iBooks Store. To do this, click on iCloud in System Preferences and click on the Manage Family button. Select a family member and check On the Ask to Buy button. You will then receive a notification whenever they want to buy something and you can either allow or deny
their request.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 7
An invitation is sent to the selected person. They have to accept this before they can participate in Family Sharing

family8_yosemite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that you’ve set up Family Sharing, find out how to use it here.

 

Want to know more?9781840786958

To find out more about using all the features of OS X, all in the trusted In Easy Steps style, click here. In full-colour and straightforward, jargon-free language, OS X El Capitan in easy steps gives you all the information you need to get started using OS X on a Mac computer, so you will quickly feel in control of it!