With Family Sharing, your family members can share App Store, music, movie, TV, and book purchases, an Apple Music Family Subscription, an Apple Arcade subscription, an Apple News+ subscription, an Apple TV+ subscription, and an iCloud storage plan. Just set up Family Sharing, invite family members to join, then turn on the features that you want to share. If you don't see your family's shared content, we can help.

Everything you need to know about Apple’s new Photos app for Mac. Probably want to save original files in Finder and then import the best shots into Photos for further work and sharing. On your Mac, open the Photos app. From the menu bar at the top of the screen, choose Photos Preferences. Click the iCloud tab, then select Shared Albums. On your Apple TV, go to Settings Users and Accounts iCloud and turn on Shared Albums. On your Windows PC, open iCloud for Windows and select Photos.

Review your settings and make sure that you use the same Apple ID everywhere that you sign in, including Family Sharing and the iTunes Store. Then ask your family members to review their settings too.

Review your Family Sharing settings

Review your Family Sharing settings to make sure that you're signed in with the correct Apple ID. Then see if the features that you want to use with Family Sharing—like purchase sharing and Apple Music—are turned on.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings > [your name] > Family Sharing. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud > Family.
  2. Tap your name.
  3. Confirm or change the Apple ID that you want to use to share content.
  4. Go back to Family Sharing and make sure that the features you want to share are On.
  5. Tap Purchase Sharing and make sure that Share My Purchases is turned on.

On your Mac

  1. Choose Apple Menu  > System Preferences, then click Family Sharing.
  2. Click Purchase Sharing.
  3. Confirm or change the Apple ID that you want to use to share content.
  4. Make sure that Share My Purchases is selected.

Review the Apple ID you're using for purchases

Make sure that you're signed in to iTunes & App Store with the same Apple ID that you selected for purchase sharing and iCloud.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings > [your name].
  2. Tap iTunes & App Stores.
  3. Make sure that you're using the same Apple ID in the iTunes Store as you are in Family Sharing.

If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iTunes & App Stores and review your Apple ID.

On your Mac

  1. Open the App Store.
  2. Choose Store > View My Account.
  3. Click View Information.
  4. Make sure that you're using the same Apple ID that you use for Family Sharing.
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If you still can't share, try these steps. After each step, see if you can share.

Sign out of the iTunes & App Stores

If you still can't see or download your family's shared content or use your shared Apple subscriptions, sign out of the iTunes & App Stores, then sign back in.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. If you’re using iOS 10.3 or later, go to Settings > [your name], then tap Sign Out. If you're using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iTunes & App Stores, tap your Apple ID, then tap Sign Out.
  2. Follow the onscreen steps.
  3. Enter your Apple ID password, then select Sign In.

On your Mac:

  1. Open the App Store.
  2. Choose Store > View My Account.
  3. Click View Information.
  4. Make sure that you're using the same Apple ID that you use for Family Sharing.

On Apple TV:

  1. Go to Settings > Accounts > iTunes and App Store.
  2. Choose Sign Out.
  3. Choose Sign In.
  4. Enter your Apple ID and password, then select Sign In.

Make sure that you sign in to all Apple services using the same Apple ID that you selected for sharing content with your family. You don't need to sign out of any other services that use your Apple ID, such as iCloud or iMessage.

Make sure that an app is shareable

To see if you can share an app, go to the App Store, find the app, scroll down to the Supports section and make sure that Family Sharing is listed.

Some apps may not be enabled for Family Sharing. If you’ve acquired one of these apps, you can see it in your purchase history, but your family members won't be able to see or redownload it.

See if the purchase is hidden

If a family member has hidden one of their items, no one in their family can see it. Your family member can unhide Mac apps if they want to.

Make sure your device meets the system requirements

To access your family's shared content, you need an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using iOS 8 or later, or a Mac using OS X Yosemite or later. If you're using an older device, you won’t see your family’s shared content.

iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite are required to set up or join a Family Sharing group. See the system requirements for Family Sharing.

Learn more

Family Sharing requires use of the same Apple ID for purchases and iCloud. If your family has purchase sharing turned on, music, movies, TV shows, and books can be downloaded on up to 10 devices per account, 5 of which can be computers. Not all content is eligible to be shared. Content can be hidden by family members; hidden content is not available for download. Content downloaded from family members or acquired via redemption codes is not subject to Ask to Buy.

Before you begin

  1. Update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the latest iOS or iPadOS, your Mac to the latest macOS, and your Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD to the latest tvOS. If you have a Windows PC, update to Windows 7 or later and download iCloud for Windows.
  2. Set up iCloud on all of your devices.
  3. Make sure that you’re signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on all of your devices that you want to use with Shared Albums.

Turn on Shared Albums

  • On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos, then turn on Shared Albums.
  • On your Mac, open the Photos app. From the menu bar at the top of the screen, choose Photos > Preferences. Click the iCloud tab, then select Shared Albums.
  • On your Apple TV, go to Settings > Users and Accounts > iCloud and turn on Shared Albums.
  • On your Windows PC, open iCloud for Windows and select Photos. Click the Options button to verify that Shared Albums is on, then click Apply. Learn more about sharing albums with iCloud for Windows.

If you're using earlier versions of iOS, iCloud for Windows, iPhoto, or Aperture, you can still create and see Shared Albums. In earlier versions of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and iCloud for Windows, Shared Albums was called iCloud Photo Sharing.

Use Shared Albums on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Create a new shared album

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  1. Go to the Albums tab and tap the Add button .
  2. Tap New Shared Album.
  3. Give the shared album a name, then tap Next.
  4. Choose people to invite from your contacts, or type an email address or iMessage phone number.
  5. Tap Create.

Delete a shared album

  1. Open the shared album.
  2. Go to the People tab.
  3. Tap Delete Shared Album.

If you're looking at your list of shared albums, you can also tap Edit, then tap the Delete button to delete a shared album.

When you delete a shared album, it's automatically removed from all of your devices and the devices of your subscribers. If Public Website was enabled, the shared album is removed from the web too. Deleting a shared ablum permanently deletes all of its photos. Before continuing, make sure that you save any photos that you want to keep.

Invite more people

  1. In Albums, select a shared album that you created.
  2. Go to the People tab.
  3. Tap Invite People.
  4. Enter the names of people that you want to share this album with.
  5. Tap Add.

You can even share albums with friends and family who don't use iCloud. Just open a shared album that you created, go to the People tab, and turn on Public Website. Your photos publish to a website that anyone can see in an up-to-date web browser.

Remove a subscriber

  1. Open the shared album.
  2. Go to the People tab.
  3. Select the subscriber that you want to remove.
  4. Tap Remove Subscriber at the bottom of the screen.

As the creator of a shared album, you control who can access it. You can remove subscribers or delete the album at any time.

Add photos and videos

  1. In the Photos tab or from within an album, tap Select and then select the photos and videos that you want to share.
  2. Tap the Share button , then tap Add to Shared Album .
  3. Choose the album where you want to share your photos. Then tap Post.

If you have a shared album open, you can also tap the Add button to select photos and videos to add.

When you add new photos, the people that you share the album with are notified automatically. Make sure that Subscribers Can Post is turned on so that they can add photos and videos too. Just go to the shared album's People tab.

Delete from a Shared Album

  1. Open the shared album.
  2. Tap the photo or video.
  3. Tap the Trash button .
  4. Tap Delete Photo.

If you're the owner of a shared album, you can delete any photos, videos, or comments from anyone. Subscribers can delete anything that they personally added. Anything you delete is automatically deleted from the album on all your devices and the devices of subscribers.

Any photos that you saved or downloaded from a shared album to your Photos library stay in your library even if the shared album is deleted or the person who created it stops sharing it.

Save photos and videos from a shared album

When you share photos and videos with someone, they can save shared items to their own library.

  1. Tap the photo or video.
  2. Tap the Share button .
  3. Tap Save Image or Save Video.

Use Shared Albums on your Mac

Create a new Shared Album

  1. In the sidebar, click the Add button next to Shared Albums.
  2. Type the email addresses of people you want to share the album with. Click the Add button to select contacts from iCloud.
  3. Click Create.

Delete a shared album

  1. Open the shared album.
  2. Click the People button in the toolbar.
  3. Click Delete Shared Album.

When you delete a shared album, it's automatically removed from all of your devices and the devices of your subscribers. If Public Website was enabled, the shared album is removed from the web too. Deleting a shared ablum permanently deletes all of its photos. Before continuing, make sure that you save any photos that you want to keep.

Invite more people

  1. Select a shared album that you created under Shared in the sidebar.
  2. Click the People button in the toolbar.
  3. In the Invite People field, type the email addresses of people that you want to share this album with. Click the Add button to choose people to invite from your contacts.

You can even share albums with friends and family who don't use iCloud. Just open a shared album that you created, click the People button in the toolbar, and turn on Public Website. Your photos publish to a website that anyone can see in an up-to-date web browser.

Remove a subscriber

  1. Open the shared album.
  2. Click the People button in the toolbar.
  3. Select the subscriber that you want to remove.
  4. Click Remove Subscriber.

As the creator of a shared album, you control who can access it. You can remove subscribers or delete the album at any time.

Add photos and videos

  1. Select the photos and videos that you want to share.
  2. Click the Share button in the toolbar, then select Shared Albums.
  3. Choose the album where you want to share your photos.

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If you have a shared album open, you can also click “Add photos and videos” to select photos and videos to add. You can also simply drag photos from your library directly into the shared album in the sidebar.

When you add new photos, the people that you share the album with are notified automatically. Open the shared album, click the People button in the toolbar, and make sure that Subscribers Can Post is turned on so that they can add photos and videos too.

Delete from a shared album

  1. Open the shared album.
  2. Select the photo or video.
  3. Control-click, then click Delete Photo. Click Delete.

If you have a shared album open, you can also select a photo and press the Delete key to delete it from the shared album.

If you're the owner of a shared album, you can delete any photos, videos, or comments from anyone. Subscribers can delete anything that they personally added. Anything you delete is automatically deleted from the album on all your devices and the devices of subscribers.

Any photos that you saved or downloaded from a shared album to your Photos library stay in your library even if the shared album is deleted or the person who created it stops sharing it.

Save photos and videos from a shared album

When you share photos and videos with someone, they can save the shared items to their own library.

  1. Select the photo and video that you want to save.
  2. Control-click, then click Import.

File types that you can use in Shared Albums

Shared Albums support these image formats:

  • HEIF
  • JPEG
  • RAW*
  • PNG
  • GIF
  • TIFF

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Shared Albums also support special formats that you capture with your iPhone, like slo-mo, time-lapse, Live Photos, and Memory videos. When shared, photos are reduced to 2048 pixels on the long edge, except panoramic photos, which can be up to 5400 pixels wide. You can share GIFs that are 100MB or smaller.

Shared Albums support these video file types and formats:

  • HEVC
  • MP4
  • QuickTime
  • H.264
  • MPEG-4

Videos can be up to fifteen minutes in length and are delivered at up to 720p resolution.

* You can't upload RAW photos to Shared Albums on your Windows PC.

Shared Albums upload a copy of your data. Downloaded content may not contain the same information as the original.

Shared Album storage limits

A shared album can hold up to 5000 photos and videos. If you reach your Shared Album limit, you need to delete some photos or videos before adding new ones. The photos and videos you share (and the comments or likes associated with those photos) stay in iCloud until you or the contributor delete them manually, or until you delete the shared album completely.

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The photos and videos in your Shared Albums are kept in iCloud, but they don't count against your iCloud storage limit.