Confused about adding your family members to Apple Music? Here’s what to do
Despite launching much later, Apple Music has made up ground quickly on the competition. If you have at least one family member that uses the service, there’s a good chance you and your family might be able to save a few bucks by opting for a family account instead of separate accounts. Apple Music is far from the only service to offer family subscriptions, but its plans do work a little differently, which can be confusing.
Spotify and plenty of other services are stand-alone offerings, making adding family members a fairly straightforward process, but Apple Music is tied into the entire Apple ecosystem. That’s great if your entire family is already all-in on Apple, but if you’re trying to add family members that use different devices to Apple Music, it can be a little tricky. Don’t worry, though — we’re here to help.
Before you get started
In order to follow the instructions in this guide, you’re going to need a few things, some of which are more obvious than others. First off, you’ll need an Apple ID, which anyone with at least one iOS or macOS device or other Apple service should have. Second, you’ll need an iOS device running iOS 8 or later, or a Mac running OS X Yosemite or later.
You’ll also need an Apple Music Family subscription, of course. If you’re setting up Apple Music up from scratch, be sure to choose a Family subscription instead of an Individual one. If you’d like to change an Individual Apple Music subscription to a Family subscription, it’s a fairly quick process, and detailed instructions are available via the support section of the Apple website.
Setting up Family Sharing
Instead of functioning independently, Apple Music’s Family plan piggybacks on Apple’s Family Sharing infrastructure. If you already have Family Sharing set up and are just looking to add new family members, skip to the next section. If you’re setting up your Family subscription for the first time and have never used Family Sharing, read on.
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 right now in a few simple steps.
–> Find the Family Sharing settings: Open the Settings app and either tap on your name at the very top, or on older iOS devices, scroll down and open the iCloud settings.
–> Tap Set Up Family Sharing: Then tap Get Started. From here, follow the prompts until setup is completed.
–> Invite family members: If you’re using iOS 11 or later, you’ll be invited to choose the first feature you want to turn on for sharing. From here, follow the instructions to invite family members via Messages.
Setting up Family Sharing on Mac
If you’re using a Mac, setting up Family Sharing is as easy or perhaps even easier than using an iOS device. The steps are just a little different.
–> Open iCloud settings: Click on the ever-present Apple logo in the top left of the screen, then select System Preferences. Once the preferences window is open, click on iCloud.
–> Start the setup process: Simply click Set Up Family, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the process.
Invite family members
Whether you’ve already set up Family Sharing or just followed the above steps, the next step is to add family members so they can use Apple Music, too. You can do this on your Mac, iOS, or Android device. Steps for each are listed below.