iCloud Family Storage Sharing Now Working + Questions

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  1. VSMacOne macrumors 601

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    I just saw that iCloud Family Data Sharing is enabled in iOS 11 beta and was able to turn it on for my family. I haven’t been able to find much about this feature and the beta release notes do not mention any current issues with this feature. I have enabled devices on iOS 10 to use this features as well and now I’m wondering if anybody has additional info about it before I jump into this. I know it’s a beta feature but since it’s already showing up on iOS 10 devices I’m wondering if I should expect any resets of data (like when iCloud Drive first came out) or if it’s pretty safe to use.
    Just trying to gather any information that any of you might have about this feature in one thread. Thanks in advance!



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  2. AbSoluTc macrumors 601

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    I would be hard pressed to use this as of right now. Beta and all. Expect anything, including data loss.
     
  3. jomirrivera macrumors 6502

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    How did you get this working on iOS 10?
     
  4. VSMacOne thread starter macrumors 601

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    On my iPhone, I went to Settings/iCloud/iCloud Storage/Manage Storage and then enabled Family Sharing. After which I followed the steps above to activate it from my other iOS 10 devices on the Family plan.
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    Maybe, but so far from what I've seen there is no delete and re-upload of the iCloud Photo Library. It seems like it stays just the same, but the storage counts against the main Family plan. It's very smooth.
     
  5. Sal09 macrumors regular

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    Hi Bud,

    I pay for four icloud accounts for four family members with four different Apple id. Im thinking of upgrading mine to 2TB tier and share storage with family. I contacted Apple support and they advised that all family members need to be using same Apple id for sharing to work (which for me defeats the purpose). Can you please advise if this is correct or it can be shared with members with different Apple id.

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  6. AndyK macrumors 65816

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    This is wrong but also right since their support material / training won't include iOS 11 until much much closer to its release. If you're the head of the family in the share, upgrade one of your devices to iOS 11 & turn it on then opt your family members into it on their devices & you can all share a 2TB package. You can then downgrade back to iOS 10 if you want & it stays active.
     
  7. firewire9000 macrumors regular

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    For me is not working, I click the button “share” and nothing happens.
     
  8. Sal09 macrumors regular

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    Thats brilliant. Thanks Bud. Will give it a go later today :)

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  9. VSMacOne thread starter macrumors 601

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    Yeah that’s not true. But you can’t rely on Apple support because like the previous poster said they won’t have anything official until iOS 11 release. That’s why I would tread carefully. Make sure you do backups if you’re doing this route. And yo don’t need all he devices on iOS 11 for this to work just your main one and make sure they other Apple ids are part of your Family Sharing.
    Again I’m not sure how this feature will change between now and September so there’s no telling what will become of our data.
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    Wait on that screen for it to be enabled. It may take a few minutes.
     
  10. urkel, Jun 12, 2017
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    urkel macrumors 68030

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    Don't forget to downgrade your existing individual plan in order to avoid recurring charges. My "Free Tier" accounts automatically joined the share but it seems that my wife's individual paid account didn't automatically downgrade when she joined the share. (I know its beta and all but if this is a "Feature" then Apple is going to be making a lot of money on people forgetting to turn off their individual buckets...)
     
  11. VSMacOne thread starter macrumors 601

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    Did you backup your individual photo libraries?
     
  12. urkel macrumors 68030

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    Yeah. Its funny because my wifes library is essentially a duplicate of mine. Whenever we get new photos we have to share with each other in order to maintain two identical libraries (each taking 40GB EACH on our 200GB shared plan). So we're the perfect candidates for a unified shared library.
     
  13. dwfaust macrumors 601

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    I am not able to see my wife's stuff in iCloud, nor is she able to see mine. All we see under Mange Storage is Family Usage (her name/my name) 41.3 GB... and our own stuff on our devices.
     
  14. k.alexander macrumors regular

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    Question: With the new share, is it going to be possible then for you to keep one photo library in iCloud and have it so that it's equally accessible and manageable by both you and your wife, other fam members?
     
  15. Kceb83 macrumors member

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    This 100 times. Anyone know? I've been dying to have a fully functional shared photo library instead of having to log my wife into my icloud account.
     
  16. utwarreng macrumors 6502

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    I started using it last week shortly after it was announced, then added it to my fiance's iPhone 6 on iOS 10. Neither of us has had any issues with our backups.
     
  17. VSMacOne thread starter macrumors 601

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    I don't think this will be possible. From what I've seen right now each account still has their separate iCloud Photo Library with no way to access data from a different account. For me this is great, but maybe in the future Apple will add an option to give access to all of the Libraries in one place.
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    It's really impressive how smooth the whole thing was. It doesn't seem to have moved any photos, but instead just remapped the Library to the new storage plan. Pretty seamless. My only concern is if there are any future resets before the public launch. But honestly I don't foresee any. Still this is a beta so anything is possible. This is why I have downloaded all of my wife's pictures and will be making weekly backups.
     
  18. Alhagar macrumors regular

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    What I didn't realize is that family members with paid iCloud storage need to go into their iCloud settings on an iOS device and manually change to family storage sharing and then downgrade their plan.
     
  19. Cavan2211 macrumors member

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    So you basically want that several Apple IDs act like they are one. That doesn't make sense.
    Why not just use the same for iCloud and different ones for FaceTime/IMessage, etc?!
     
  20. k.alexander macrumors regular

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    What I, and I know many others, want is to be able to have one central iCloud Photo Library for all of our family photographs that could be equally accessed/viewed and managed by all family members; to make it easy say husband and wife for ex. This is not currently possible. And is one of the main reasons why personally I am using a different product from a different company.

    What you are suggesting is not possible because on iOS, and for that reason of macOS, there is no way to sign in to a one AppleID for Photos only, and another for everything else like iMessage/FaceTime/Calendar/Contacts/etc.
     
  21. TurboPGT! Suspended

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    Seems to be working just fine, and is backwards compatible with devices still on iOS 10.

    When you "Start Sharing" with the Family, Family members that have a free plan are automatically set to use it. Family members that have their own paid plan are not. From that Family member's device, you can go into settings and elect to join the Shared storage, at which point their paid plan is automatically downgraded to Free. Pretty awesome.
     
  22. Cavan2211 macrumors member

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    It is! Because that's what I'm doing. Just use the same ID for iCloud an deactivate the things you don't want to share, like contacts safari,etc. Than add your personal ID in Mail and sync the stuff you want. Same goes for iMessage, GameCenter, etc.
    Piece of cake. And it works just as you want it.
     
  23. k.alexander macrumors regular

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    Wait a second, you're saying that on iOS in Settings at the very top (as per one of the recent 10.version), you have it set up to use the joint AppleID (the one with all the photos), and there you've turned off things like contacts/calendars/reminders/notes/news/etc (pretty much everything but photos).

    And then you've set all those things up how again? Where? I know the AppStore AppleID can be set up differently. I see under Facetime a place to set up/login to an AppleID but I don't see the same thing under iMessages. And what about all your PIM stuff (Contacts/Calendars/Reminders/Notes)? Not to mention of other things under the top in settings iCloud menu: such as syncing of News, Wallet, Keychain, Find My iPhone, iCloud Backups, Drive, etc.?
     
  24. Cavan2211 macrumors member

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    In settings/mail add your personal ID as an email account. Then turn on contacts, calendar,reminders and notes. Everything that uses the iCloud Drive is shared however, obviously thats the purpose.
    In iMessage in Send&receive you can change the Apple ID.
     
  25. ganja24 macrumors 6502

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    Does Family Sharing work without entering payment details?
     

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