Apple Music, like other streaming platforms, offers a family subscription that can save families some money — depending on the circumstances, of course.
On the other hand, setting up a family subscription and adding family members can be a bit tricky. That’s because, unlike its competitors, Apple Music is thoroughly baked into the company’s ecosystem and uses a proprietary system. That can make it confusing if your family doesn’t strictly use Apple devices.
√ Why You Might Want a Family Plan
An Apple Music family subscription lets you and five other family members get access to the streaming platform for $15 a month.
Each family member will have their own personal account, and the family plan offers other benefits, too.
According to Apple, you can “share what you want, when you want — or not at all.” When it comes to Apple Music, specifically, that includes iTunes purchases..
X Why You Might Not Want One
Of course, having an Apple Music family account might not be right for every family.
Depending on your circumstances, you could get a better price using individual accounts. Particularly if you’re both students and qualify for education pricing (which is only $4.99 a month).
Still, an Apple Music subscription for up to six people at $15 is a great price. So look at your own circumstances and weigh your options.
1 How to Set Up an Apple Music Family Account
Note: You’ll need an Apple ID to set this up, but if you have an Apple device, you probably already do. You’ll also need at least one iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or macOS device running iOS 8 or OS X Yosemite or later.
Of course, you’ll also need to purchase an Apple Music Family plan.
Get an Apple Music Family Subscription
If you don’t have an Apple Music account, you can sign up for one here. Just be sure to choose the Family subscription when setting it up.
If you do have an account and you’re currently on a device you’re signed into now, just click this link for iOS or this link for macOS. Alternatively, follow the steps below.
For iOS users
- Open Apple Music.
- Tap For You.
- Tap the Profile icon in the upper-right corner.
- Find and tap on View Account. (Alternatively, tap View Apple ID).
- Scroll down to Subscriptions and tap on it.
- Tap Apple Music.
- Tap Family (1 Month) and confirm it.
For macOS users:
- Open iTunes and sign-in with your Apple ID.
- Click on Account > View My Account from the top menu bar.
- Authenticate and click View Account.
- In Account Information, scroll down to Settings.
- Click Manage.
- Click Apple Music.
- Choose Family (1 Month) and confirm it.
Set up Family Sharing
An Apple Music Family subscription isn’t a standalone product. It’s tied into the Apple’s Family Sharing platform. Because of that, to invite family members to your plan, you’ll need to set up Family Sharing.
This article will assume that you want to be what Apple calls the “family organizer” who sets the platform up and manages it. If you don’t, get someone else in your family to follow these steps.
For iOS users:
- Open Settings
- Tap the Apple ID card (it should say your name).
- Tap Set Up Family Sharing.
- Tap Get Started and follow the instructions.
For macOS users:
- Click on the Apple logo in the upper-left of the menu bar.
- Click on System Preferences.
- Click on iCloud.
- Click on Set Up Family and follow the instructions.
2 How to Add Family Members to Your Account
Once you’ve signed up for an Apple Music family subscription and have set up Family Sharing, you can begin inviting family members. Here’s how.
What to Do From Here
√ Common Problems
- First off, if someone in your family is currently using a free trial to Apple Music, then they won’t be able to be added to a family plan. You’ll have to wait for the trial period to expire.
- Of course, another common problem is that a family member might be using an Apple ID that’s different than the one you invited. Double-check on this before contacting Apple Support.
- If you continue to hit issues, then try logging out and back in. Alternatively, remove that family member from Family Sharing and then re-invite them.
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