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How to share Apple Music with family

Even child-free couples might find the Family option the best deal.

Published onAugust 25, 2023

Just like Spotify, Apple Music offers a family plan that’s a lot more affordable than buying separate subscriptions. Specifically, Apple Music Family lets up to six family members stream their own individual music libraries. Here’s how to get started.


To share Apple Music with family, you'll need two things:

  1. An Apple Music Family subscription, which supports up to six people.
  2. Family Sharing enabled on the subscription holder's account. All other family members need to have their own Apple IDs and be a part of the Family Sharing group.


How to add family members on the Apple Music app

On an iPhone or iPad, head to the Music app and tap your profile picture or name in the top-right corner. Once in account settings, go ahead and tap the Manage Family option. This should bring you to the Apple ID settings page on your iOS device. You can now tap Family Sharing and add members to your account, but they’ll need their own Apple IDs. You’ll be prompted to set up Family Sharing if it’s not already enabled.

How to add family members on a Mac

Go to Apple menu > System Settings > [your name] > Family Sharing, or click the Manage Family option under the Account menu in the Music app. You can then head into Family Sharing and add additional family members by clicking the plus button on the right. As with mobile, everyone added this way needs to have an Apple ID.

How to add family members to Apple Music on an Android phone

Tap the three dots in the top-right corner and enter the Accounts setting. Now select the Manage Family option. In the sub-menu, you can select the add Family Member setting to add more members to your Apple Music Family plan.


Yes, but their Apple IDs must still belong to the same region as the account holder. If you’re in the US, but your child moves to Canada or Europe for university, they’ll have to get their own Apple Music subscription.

Yes. The existing user just has to cancel their own subscription first, unless of course they’re the one paying for the Family plan upgrade.

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