How to Set Up Family Sharing on Your iPad mini

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

Your iPad mini makes it easy to share things with your family. Visit iCloud settings and consider setting up Family Sharing with up to six members of your family. Adults and kids can partake, but one grown-up must take charge as the family organizer. It might as well be you.

You’ll be the person presenting your iCloud Apple ID username and password, and the one on the hook for paying for iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases. As the family organizer, you can turn on Ask to Buy so that you can approve (or deny) purchases or download requests from other members of your clan.

When Family Sharing has been implemented, you can all share a calendar, photos, reminders, and your respective locations. Family Sharing may also help find a missing device through the important Find My iPad feature.

Should you leave Family Sharing, your account is removed from the group and you can no longer share content with everybody else. You won’t be able to use DRM-protected music, movies, TV shows, books, or apps that another member purchased. And you won’t be able to access the family calendar, reminders, or photos.

Family Sharing works with iOS 8 devices, OS X Yosemite on a Mac, and Find My Friends 3.0, Find My iPhone 3.1, and iCloud for Windows 4.0.