Does family sharing have any side effects?


macrumors member
Original poster
May 4, 2015
I would like to get family sharing setup between my parents. We're not looking to share any apps as I'm aware of the many limitations of that system (no in app purchase etc). We use a shared common account for that.

But apps aside, are there any down sides of family sharing? Will I be actually hindered in any way? IS there any reason NOT to activate family sharing?


macrumors 6502
Sep 19, 2014
Family Sharing is great in concept but there are some hindrances I wish were fixed.

  • Organizer (card holder) has to approve all purchases both free and paid, even if the individual user has gift card credit. This gets annoying after awhile, especially with kids that like downloading every Free app available.
    • Easiest fix, and I've submitted Feedback, would be to add a toggle under Family Sharing for the organizer to allow content to be downloaded without needing permission if free or if the user has gift card credit available. Let the user decide if they want to control what others in Family Sharing download.
On the plus side, most previous purchases are shared.
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