How to add family members to your Apple Music subscription

Apple Music is one of the favorite streaming services for all things melodious and melody-adjacent. Hosting over 88,000 million subscribers globally and featuring over 100 million tracks from today’s leading artists, Spotify’s Nemesis is much loved.

If you’re a new customer, Apple Music gives you a break-in period of one month of free service. After the trial period, subscriptions are billed on a monthly or annual cycle, with the most popular individual plan coming in at $11 per month / $109 per listener. Although this is on par with the average cost of other music streamers, saving money here or there is never a bad thing. While college students can get Apple Music for $6/month, another way to save on your subscription is the Apple Music Family plan at $17 per month.

In this guide, we’ll teach you how to set up Apple’s Family Sharing and add users to your account. Before you know it, multiple members of your family will be streaming tunes (and helping you pay Apple Music Premium) under the same roof.

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before starting

To follow the instructions in this guide, you’ll need a few things, some of which are more obvious than others. First, you’ll need an Apple ID, which anyone with at least one iOS or macOS device or other Apple service should have.

Of course, you’ll also need an Apple Music Family subscription. If you’re setting up Apple Music from the beginning, make sure to choose the Family subscription instead of the Individual subscription. If you want to convert an individual Apple Music subscription to a family subscription, it’s a fairly quick process, and detailed instructions are available through the Support section of the Apple website.

What is family partnership?

Family Sharing is a convenient way to share content across multiple Apple services, including movies, iCloud storage, apps, and our focus today, Apple Music. For just $17 per month, account administrators can host up to six Apple Music users under one family subscription. Because everyone uses their own Apple ID under Family Sharing, everyone gets their own preferences and recommendations.

The best part: When you enable purchase sharing with Family Sharing, the whole family can swap movies, shows, books, and music – as long as the user who made the purchase approves sharing for other group members gives.

Setting up Family Sharing

Rather than functioning independently, Apple Music’s Family plan is based on Apple’s Family Sharing infrastructure. If you already have Family Sharing setup and you’re looking to add new family members, skip to the next section. If you’re setting up your Family membership for the first time and have never used Family Sharing, read on.

Apple Music Discovery Station on iPhone.
Apple Music Discovery Station on iPhone.

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Setting up Family Sharing on iOS

If you’re reading this article on your iPhone or iPad, you’re in luck: You can set up Family Sharing in a few simple steps right now.

step 1: open Adjustment Open the app and either tap your name at the top, or on older iOS devices, scroll down and open iCloud Settings,

step 2: Tap family partnership: Then tap Establish your family. From here, follow the prompts to invite and add family members until setup is complete.

step 3: Now all you have to do is invite the family member. If you’re using iOS 16 or later, go here Adjustment And then Family.

step 4: tap from here Add member icon at the top right.

Follow the instructions to invite family members through Messages. Here you can also make child account Even for sharing, if your child doesn’t have an Apple ID. You can also set parental controls for them.

Set up Family Sharing on Mac.

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Set up Family Sharing on Mac

If you’re using a Mac, setting up Family Sharing is just as easy, or maybe even easier, than using an iOS device. The steps are slightly different and differ slightly depending on your version of macOS.

step 1: Find your way to your Mac system arrangement (Ventura or later) or system Preferences (Monterey or earlier). You can find it by clicking the Apple logo in the upper left corner.

open Adjustment Click the Apple logo that’s always present at the top left of the app or screen, then select system arrangement, Once the Preferences window opens, click your name or Family Or family partnership, Depending on your version of macOS. For devices running macOS Mojave or earlier, you’ll click iCloud instead Family,

step 2: search Now family partnership Option – This will either be through clicking on your name or there will be a family partnership Menu right there. Either way, choose it.

step 3: If you are setting it up for the first time, click establish family And follow the on-screen instructions.

step 4: Now you have to add members. just click Add member (Ventura) or add family member (Monterey) Then follow the onscreen instructions to invite members and select the services you want to share. Like the iOS steps, you can create an Apple ID for kids here too.

Step 5: All that’s left to do is invite your family members to join your family. They need to accept the invitation to start sharing your Apple Music and other subscriptions.

Start using Apple Music

Now, you should be all set from your side. All that’s left is for your family members to actually start using Apple Music. All they need to do is log in to Apple Music with the same credentials they use for Family Sharing, and they’ll be ready to start listening. That said, sometimes, things don’t go as smoothly as you had hoped.


A common problem is that a family member is using multiple accounts and is logging into Apple Music or iCloud (in the case of Family Sharing) with the wrong account. The first thing to check is if a person is having trouble accessing Apple Music.

Logging out and back in can sometimes fix issues that prevent you or a family member from accessing the family membership. First, try logging out of the affected Apple Music account and back in again. If this doesn’t fix the problem, try doing the same with all your Apple services. If none of these work, try removing everyone from Family Sharing and adding them back. This is a little tricky, but following the steps above should make quick work of it.

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