what it is and how to configure it to share subscriptions, purchases or storage
We are going to explain to you how is the Apple family plan and how you can configure it to share subscriptions, purchases or extended storage in iCloud. Its name is En Familia, and it has many strengths, but some point against it that prevents it from being used beyond the family environment for which it is intended.
We are going to start the article by explaining what exactly the En Familia plan is, reviewing all its characteristics with what you can or cannot do. Then, we will go through the step by step in which we will guide you through its simple configuration process from the iPhone.
What exactly is the Family Plan?
En Familia is the family plan that Apple offers to its users. It is a somewhat complex plan with its pros and cons, but in short, allows you to share calendars, locations and purchases with the rest of the family members you have added. In addition, photo albums and extra space can also be shared on iCloud.
The first thing to know is that this plan revolves around the figure of the family manager. It is the person who configures everything, and who establishes the payment method. All family members will use that payment method when they make their purchases. This means that if you are the administrator and you put a friend, this friend can only make purchases with the card or payment method that you have determined.
This is so because the Family Family plan is designed for family members who live in the same house, and who, being close, can talk and decide on these purchases. It is also a way to avoid using the family plan beyond the purely family sphere, since in the end you will not want your friends to use your card to buy an app or a game.
To create a family group, you will need the Apple IDs of the family members you want to add. They will receive an invitation that they will have to accept. When they do, you can choose to share purchases, storage, subscriptions, locations or calendars with them. The configuration cannot be configured independently, but configure, for example, if you want to share purchases with everyone or with none.
You can also activate purchase requests, so that if someone in the family wants to buy on iTunes, Apple Books or the App Store, the administrator has to give the go-ahead. If you decide to share purchases, everything that is bought by a family member will be available to all, including songs, books, applications or games.
Regarding storage space, all members of the family have their corresponding 5 GB free in iCloud, and any individual member can expand their own storage. But when it is the administrator who buys storage space, you will have the option to share it with the family or not.
You can also share some subscriptions with the family at no extra cost, such as Apple Arcade, Apple TV + or Apple News. However, for Apple Music you will have to purchase a family plan, the cost of which goes from 10 euros for the standard plan to 15 euros. With this family plan, each user will be able to listen to a song simultaneously, but a single user cannot listen to music on two devices at the same time.
Finally, you should know that in addition to the figure of the administrator there is also the figure of the adult who is not an administrator in family plans. In this way, both figures will be able to control the restrictions for minors, deciding what content they can access and controlling their use of the devices.
How to set up the Apple family plan
You can configure your Apple family on any device of the brand, both mobile phones, tablets or computers. We are going to show you the process from an iPhone, but it is practically the same from any other device. The first thing is to enter the Settings, and once inside click on your name at the top to access your personal Apple ID settings.
Once you are in the Apple ID settings, click on the option Configure “In family” that will appear in the second block of options.
In macOS you can access this process by entering the Apple menu, and once inside by clicking on System Preferences and by clicking on the Family option that will appear inside. In macOS Mojave or earlier versions, within System Preferences you will have to enter the iCloud option to find the familiar option.
Once you start the process, the first thing you will see is a screen that summarizes what the family plan is all about. In it, you just have to click on the Start sharing button that appears to you in blue. Below you will have a link to go to a website with more information in case you have any questions.
You will go to a screen where we are finally going to get into the subject. In it you have to click on the Invite family members button to start the procedure of sending invitation messages to whoever you want to join your family group. You will also be told what subscriptions you have and how they will be shared with the family.
You will go through the process of sending an iMessage to family members whom you want to invite. Here, click on the + button to add the people you want to invite, and below you will have a space to leave a message and comment explaining the invitation if necessary. Press to send, and you will have to wait for the other person to accept it.
Once the first invitation has been sent, you can now access the family control panel. In it, the confirmed members will appear at the top. Below you have the Shared Functions section, where you can go individually configuring which services you want to share with the rest of the members of the family plan.
Now just Click on the elements you want to share to activate them in the family plan. In some cases, like when you share purchases, you can add a second credit card. But usually there will be nothing to do, and it will only tell you if you want to notify family members.