Complete Guide to Set Up Apple Music Family Sharing

Posted by Adam Gorden on Mar 4, 2019 2:14 PM.
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Apple Music is one of the top music streaming services in the world. Launched in 2015, the platform is one of the youngest music sharing services in the world, yet it has overtaken many older platforms in popularity and even the number of active users. Why is this the case? Because it has many great features that make it stand out from the crowd. One of its best features is the Apple Music family sharing which allows a family of up to six members to share music, audiobooks, iTunes and the iCloud storage plan. With the family sharing you save on your subscription while having access to all the great features that Apple Music offers. To use family sharing you need to firstly have an Apple Music family plan.

Apple Music Family Plan: What Is It

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The Apple Music’s family plan is one of the best family discount plans among music streaming services in the world. For only $14.99, a family of six can have full access to all features of Apple Music. This saves you $144.95 had you bought individual plans for each of the six family members at $9.99 per individual. With the family plan, you can share app store purchases, iTunes, ebooks and Apple Music playlists. This makes a lot of sense especially for a family with children and teenagers who don’t have credit cards of their own for purchases.

How to Set Up Apple Music Family Sharing

To use the family Apple Music family sharing feature you need to have a family subscription. If you are new to Apple Music then you will have to download the Apple Music app, install the app on your device and then launch. Once this is done, you can then launch the app and select the family option when registering your account. If you already use the individual plan, then log into your account and elect to change your plan to the family plan. Once this is set you can now set up Apple Music family sharing.

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1. Setting up Apple Music Family Sharing on iOS

If you are using an iOS device such as an iPhone or and iPad follow these steps to set up the family sharing feature:

Step 1. Log into your Apple Music account and then find the Apple Music family sharing feature by clicking on the “settings” icon and then tapping on your name.

Step 2. Select the "set up family sharing" icon and then click on the “get started” button. The app will give you on screen prompts on what to do next. Follow the prompts until the setting up process is completed.

Step 3. The final stage is now to invite family members so that they can enjoy shared features on the application.

2. Setting up the Apple Music Family Sharing on Mac

If you are using a PC to listen to Apple Music then it must be a Mac. To set up Apple Music family sharing on a Mac, follow these simple steps:

Step 1. Log into your Apple Music account to start the process.

Step 2. Open the iCloud settings by clicking on the apple logo located on the top left corner of your screen and then click on the “system preferences” icon. On the preferences window click and open the “iCloud” icon.

Step 3. Now select the "Set Up Family" icon and follow the prompts on the screen to start and compete the set up process.

Step 4. The final stage is to invite family members to enjoy the features of the family plan features.

3. Setting up Apple Music family sharing on Android

To set up Apple Music family sharing feature on an android device, follow these steps:

Step 1. Log into your Apple Music account to get started.

Step 2. Click on "account settings" to open the manage family feature.

Step 3. Open settings and start the family sharing set up process. Follow the onscreen prompts until the process is completed.

Step 4. Now you should start inviting family members to share on the features of Apple Music that are sharable.

Inviting Family Members to Join Apple Music

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Once you have set up family sharing the next most important step is to invite your family members so that they can enjoy the services. Just like setting up the family sharing, inviting family members is a very simple process. However, the steps to follow differ depending on the device you are using. Here are the important steps you should follow for the different gadgets out there:

1. Inviting Family Members If You Use an iOS Device

If you use an iOS device such as an iPhone or an iPad then follow these steps to invite family members to join the Apple Music family plan:

Step 1. Log into your Apple Music account.

Step 2. Click on the "settings" and then tap on the "iCloud settings" then open the family sharing settings.

Step 3. In the Family sharing settings click on the "add family member" tab and add the names or email address of your family members to invite them to the service.

Step 4. Now follow the onscreen instructions to send the invitations to family members of your choice and finish the process. Now the family members you have invited will see your invite and accept to be able to start using your family sharing feature.

2. Inviting Family Members to Apple Music on a Mac

If you use a Mac, follow these steps to invite a family member to use the Apple Music family sharing:

Step 1. Log into your Apple Music account.

Step 2. Find and open the iCloud settings by opening the system preferences and then clicking on the "iCloud".

Step 3. In the iCloud settings open the family settings by clicking on the "manage family tap".

Step 4. Click on + icon and then follow the pop up instructions on your screen to add family members.

3. Inviting Family Members on Android

Step 1. Log into your Apple Music account and open the Apple Music settings by clicking on the "Apple Music" icon and then taping on the "menu" icon then selecting Apple Music settings.

Step 2. Navigate the Apple Music settings and open the icloud setting by first opening the manage membership then entering your password to open the iCloud settings.

Step 3. In the iCloud settings find open the Family settings by tapping on the family setup icon.

Step 4. Now follow the pop up instructions on the screen to add members of your family to the plan.

Troubleshooting Common Problems with Apple Music Family Sharing

Quite a number of Apple Music customers report Apple Music family sharing not working for their family members they just added. This is may be because a family member has multiple accounts and may be trying to access the family sharing feature using an unlinked account. It is always important to make sure that the family members are using an account with the names or email address you used to invite them. If you encounter this problem, make sure to check that the right account is being used.

Sometimes family members report that the Apple Music family sharing not working even when they only have one account. This could be a bug causing a delay synchronizing of the service. If this is the case, let them try logging out of Apple Music and logging in again. This will likely solve the problem.

If the Apple Music family sharing is still not working even after logging in and out, then as the family sharing administrator, you should try removing every family member from the family sharing feature, log out of Apple Music then log in again and add everyone again. This should solve any problem you may have with Apple Music family sharing.

Alternative Solution: Sharing Apple Music to Others without Family Plan

In fact, if you want to share Apple Music to others without signing up Apple Music Family plan, you can simply use a 3rd-party Apple Music converting tool such as TunesKit Apple Music Converter to firstly remove DRM lock from Apple Music songs and then convert the music tracks to MP3 format. In this case, you can share any Apple Music track with your family or friends without needing to join and set up Apple Music family sharing.

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