General Is it possible to use Family Sharing - but still buy separately?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by VSG, Jul 11, 2015.

  1. VSG macrumors regular

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    Hi there!

    I know that question has been asked numerous times on the internet, but it actually hasn't been answered fully. So I hope you can help me with this:

    I'm thinking about turning on Family Sharing on my iOS devices so I can share videos, music and apps with my wife. Also we could share an Apple Music (Family) account then.
    However, my wife also wants to buy things on her own (be it only so I don't see what apps she bought :D).

    My question is: Is it possible to use Family Sharing but for the members to still buy things on their own cards/accounts?
    Some people claim this is possible while there are still gift cards active for the person, but can anyone confirm this? Or have a solution?

    Thanks in advance for any info!
    Best regards,
    VSG
     
  2. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

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    Also looking for an answer for this, have you found one?
     
  3. VSG thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hi!

    Unfortunately not yet, but I'll be testing this at the beginning of August, I'll check back then and report what I've found.

    Best regards,
    VSG
     
  4. steve23094 macrumors 68000

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    I investigated this a while ago because it would suit my family. It wasn't possible then so unless something has changed...
     
  5. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

    From A Buick 8

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    Well this is what I thought it might be. Can still make it work just will need more planning.
     
  6. VSG thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hi, there!

    Testing took more time than I thought, but here it goes:
    I activated Family Sharing and it actually works like I thought I would. While I am the organizer and my credit card would be charged, as long as my wife has still has a gift card active her gift card will be charged instead. However I still get the e-mail notification regarding her purchase.

    I hope Apple keeps it this way. It makes a lot more sense than having all purchases be routed through the organizers wallet.

    Hope this helps some who were still wondering.
    Best regards,
    VSG
     

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