Family Sharing - Won't Let Me Create a Child Account

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by Greenstein, Sep 17, 2014.

  1. Greenstein macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2010
    So I'm following the instructions in Family Sharing to add a child account who is under 13 years old. After I enter the birthdate, and agree to the Parental Disclosure agreement, it takes me to the credit card screen and says I need to go back into iTunes and add a valid credit card...well, I have a valid credit card. It's the same one I've used for a very long time. I've reentered it literally 25+ times, I've rebooted, I've tried everything I can think of and nothing works. I simply get stuck at the attached screen.

    Anyone else been able to get past this?

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  2. dcorban macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2007
    I just enabled family sharing. When it reached the credit card screen, my credit card was already populated. I just clocked continue.

    Now the question is, can we now created Apple id for kids under 13?

    Edit: never mind, I see that we can. Now the question is, can I "correct" the birthday on the account my kid currently uses? I had to enter a false birthday to create the account before this.
  3. page3 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2003
    Vicar of Dibley-land, UK
    Exact same problem.

    Credit card is stored fine.
  4. lelisa13p macrumors 68000


    Mar 6, 2009
    Atlanta, GA USA
    There is no reason to bump a thread one minute after the last reply. It's also against forum rules to bump - ever.
  5. mac.rumors macrumors regular

    May 9, 2008
    New York, NY
    I had the same issue during the DP days and I had to create the child account from a Mac running Yosemite. Once it is created on the Mac, you can see it in iOS 8.
  6. iwayne macrumors 6502


    Oct 12, 2011
    Santa Clara, California
    I have family sharing enabled but I can't get my wife to download or even see the apps i want to share with her. Anyone figure this out yet?
  7. Greenstein thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2010
    The credit card I was using was a debit VISA card. When I switched to a non-debit VISA credit card, it worked perfectly.

    Makes perfect sense, right?
  8. overlyunderme macrumors regular


    Jun 22, 2010
    I hope this isn't the way it has to be. I've used the same card on my iTunes account for years.
  9. Belisarius macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2003
    South Carolina
    The child permissions in Family Sharing seriously needs some granularity. As it stands right now, *everything* in the App Store has to be approved, including free apps and updates. And every request for permission has to be verified by entering the account holder's Apple ID password. Every time.

    Sure was fun running all those app updates...
  10. phr0ze macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2012
    Columbia, MD
    Sometimes its a problem with your account that only appears correctly on a computer. Access your account from iTunes on a computer and make sure a purchase works.
  11. caesarp macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2012
    This is why you should just do what I've been doing for years now. Just use the same itunes/App Store id on your device and on your kids and your spouse. Use a unique icloud ID on each device though.

    Then, on your kids device enable restrictions on in app purchases and app downloads. Wah la, you have a granular version of family sharing. The only difference is you have to approve the download on your kids device (not on your device) by entering the account password. No sweat.
    I fail to see the point of buggy family sharing when it can be accomplished as I stated.
  12. Belisarius macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2003
    South Carolina
    The point is: I'm often not in the same physical location as my kids, and it's much nicer to receive a notification and approve it than to wait until I'm in the same place as they are.

    Granted, I'm not saying that this is the end of the world or anything, but it certainly could stand to be improved.
  13. caesarp macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2012
    That's okay, it will teach them patience and help foster togetherness.
  14. HoosBruce macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2013
    iTunes store on Mac won't let me log in so I can't get in there to verify my payment stuff for now...lots of little bugs flying around today
  15. Snake Doc macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2014
    Family Sharing - Won't Let Me Create a Child Account

    I can't even get family sharing to work
  16. mantan macrumors 68000

    Nov 2, 2009
    Totally agree. We've used the same setup for years and it's worked out great.

    It sounds like family sharing is pretty clunky. And I still don't get the upside. The apps, music and media each of my family members use is really different. I have no interest in my kids apps or silly pics they take with their friends.
  17. flatfoot99 Guest

    Aug 4, 2010
    it also sounds like not all apps can be shared. up to the developer...
  18. dcorban macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2007
    From what you describe, family sharing is precisely what you want. When using the same iTunes account for everyone, everyone always sees everything anyone buys. You also can't enable automatic downloads since you will get spammed with everyone else's purchases.

    With family sharing, you only see purchases made by others if you select their name in the iTunes app under the purchases tab. Otherwise, you never see it. This sounds perfect for your needs. You can even enable automatic downloads and you will only get what your personal ID purchases.
  19. Nolander07 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2012

    I have been doing it this way as well. It has been working well, so I am not going to mess with family sharing. My kids just ask if they can get an app. If I'm not at home, they just wait (or more recently text and ask).
  20. PrinceDraven macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2008
    London, UK
    Credit/Debit card

    I too have a problem with this not allowing me to add a child as my card is a Debit Card.
    I cut my Credit cards up some time ago.
    I hope this is something which is going to be changed...
  21. jlynchtx macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2010
    Myself, my wife, and my 9 year old son have been sharing an iTunes account for awhile now and it has worked great. I don't think I'm going to set up family sharing for awhile. The only advantage I see is the notification feature when my son wants to install an app. But it's really not a big deal now, I just enter my password on his device.

    I also see potential disadvantages.... I do have a question, if I turn on family sharing on their devices, what happens to all their current apps on their devices? Do they disappear and they have to re download them from my name?

    Also, I understand not every app supports this? Has anyone found apps that don't yet? Would you have have to buy them multiple times then?

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