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I want to subscribe to apple music and get a family subscription that I can share with family members. In order to do this I have to turn on family sharing, but I don't want to share anything else aside from the apple music account. Specifically I don't want the other members to be able to use my payment information for other purchases, but they are adults so I can't use Ask to buy. How can I turn off purchase sharing?


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MacBook Pro, OS X Yosemite (10.10.4)

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Apr 5, 2018 12:37 PM in response to aryanna85 In response to aryanna85

Hello ! Well I've contacted Apple Support but they told me to get in touch with Tech Support and I just gave up, especially since I'm 90% certain what I did worked. Apple Music works just fine, for both me and my family members, I can still get both free and paid apps for myself using my credit card, and I've tried the App Store from my mother's phone to see which account would be used and it was using hers for both paid and free apps. I didn't actually go through with a purchase from her phone, hence the 90%, but any transaction was going through her account and there was no mention of mine or Family Sharing so I think it's ok.


How I did it: When I set up Family Sharing and the Apple Music account I was doing it from a Mac. It forced me to turn purchase sharing on and use my payment method for all purchases of the whole family and there was no option to turn it off from there. I guess there are fewer options on the iCloud settings on a Mac. However, from an iOS device you can go to Settings -> Apple ID (your name) -> Family Sharing -> Stop Family Purchase Sharing . There is also an option to just tick off "Share my purchases", but all that will do is just stop other family members from accessing the apps, music or books you've purchased, but it still allows them to make their own purchases using your payment method. What you need to do is press the blue option Stop Family Purchase Sharing on the bottom of the page, this way it stops it completely and their purchases should go through their account once more.


I hope this helps !

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Mar 12, 2018 4:08 PM in response to LACAllen In response to LACAllen

We don't really use iTunes gift cards so there is no balance to speak of.


I think I figured it out though, I can turn off purchase sharing from Family Sharing settings on an iPhone. There was no such option on a Mac in iCloud settings.

Mar 12, 2018 4:08 PM

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Mar 12, 2018 4:12 PM in response to tudor53 In response to tudor53

As I said... turning off sharing does not prevent them from using your method of payment. In fact, that will make it worse as they can't access what's already been paid for. They will just charge all their purchases to you.


Make them redeem iTunes Gift Cards to their accounts. It is the only way to prevent them from accessing your method of payment.

Mar 12, 2018 4:12 PM

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Mar 12, 2018 4:37 PM in response to LACAllen In response to LACAllen

It should not be the only way to prevent them from using my payment method. On the Family purchases and payments support page ( here: Family purchases and payments - Apple Support ) it says : "If you don't want to pay for purchases of a specific adult family member, you can remove them from your family group or turn off purchase sharing for everyone." I was trying to do the latter but the support page does not give any more details on how exactly to do it.


They also have their own accounts with their own payment methods, so maybe it won't even be an issue. If they try to buy something on the App Store their payment method should be prioritised over mine, right?


But i was still trying to remove this feature from family sharing, without having to buy gift cards.

Mar 12, 2018 4:37 PM

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Mar 12, 2018 4:48 PM in response to tudor53 In response to tudor53

It should not be the only way to prevent them from using my payment method.

And yet it is. I am not really going to debate this with you.


Feedback for Apple goes here >>> http://apple.com/feedback


"If you don't want to pay for purchases of a specific adult family member, you can remove them from your family group or turn off purchase sharing for everyone."

If you remove them or turn off sharing, they get nothing, including Apple Music. Isn't that your goal?


They also have their own accounts with their own payment methods,

They can't have their own accounts and payment methods AND be part of your family. Either or.


From the same article you linked.

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Why come here asking for answers and then push back when they aren't what you want to hear?


Best of luck. I am done.

Mar 12, 2018 4:48 PM

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Mar 12, 2018 5:16 PM in response to LACAllen In response to LACAllen

This turned a bit aggressive...



They can't have their own accounts and payment methods AND be part of your family. Either or.


This is just outright false. I have them as part of my family with their own accounts on which they have their own payment methods.


Anyway, forget it, I've contacted Apple Support for this issue, I'll see what they say.


Thanks for the help I guess !

Mar 12, 2018 5:16 PM

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Apr 4, 2018 5:43 PM in response to tudor53 In response to tudor53

hello, did you get a response? I read the same page you referenced above and it led me to believe that you could turn off purchase sharing without removing the adults from family sharing entirely. right now we took the credit card out but now nobody can even download free apps and its very frustrating.

Apr 4, 2018 5:43 PM

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Apr 5, 2018 12:37 PM in response to aryanna85 In response to aryanna85

Hello ! Well I've contacted Apple Support but they told me to get in touch with Tech Support and I just gave up, especially since I'm 90% certain what I did worked. Apple Music works just fine, for both me and my family members, I can still get both free and paid apps for myself using my credit card, and I've tried the App Store from my mother's phone to see which account would be used and it was using hers for both paid and free apps. I didn't actually go through with a purchase from her phone, hence the 90%, but any transaction was going through her account and there was no mention of mine or Family Sharing so I think it's ok.


How I did it: When I set up Family Sharing and the Apple Music account I was doing it from a Mac. It forced me to turn purchase sharing on and use my payment method for all purchases of the whole family and there was no option to turn it off from there. I guess there are fewer options on the iCloud settings on a Mac. However, from an iOS device you can go to Settings -> Apple ID (your name) -> Family Sharing -> Stop Family Purchase Sharing . There is also an option to just tick off "Share my purchases", but all that will do is just stop other family members from accessing the apps, music or books you've purchased, but it still allows them to make their own purchases using your payment method. What you need to do is press the blue option Stop Family Purchase Sharing on the bottom of the page, this way it stops it completely and their purchases should go through their account once more.


I hope this helps !

Apr 5, 2018 12:37 PM

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Apr 5, 2018 9:26 PM in response to tudor53 In response to tudor53

tudor53 wrote:


Hello ! Well I've contacted Apple Support but they told me to get in touch with Tech Support and I just gave up, especially since I'm 90% certain what I did worked. Apple Music works just fine, for both me and my family members, I can still get both free and paid apps for myself using my credit card, and I've tried the App Store from my mother's phone to see which account would be used and it was using hers for both paid and free apps. I didn't actually go through with a purchase from her phone, hence the 90%, but any transaction was going through her account and there was no mention of mine or Family Sharing so I think it's ok.



Selecting the "Stop Family Purchase Sharing" option only does that one thing - it stops the sharing of music, movies, TV shows, books, and apps.


It does not change the dynamics of how the billing for a Family Sharing account works. The only way to prevent other Family Sharing members' purchases from being billed to the Organizer's account is to have the family members purchase an iTunes card and apply it to their accounts.


If a Family Sharing member's account has a credit balance on their account, the purchase is first deducted from that credit balance. If the purchase exceeds the available balance, the remaining amount is charged to the Organizer's credit card.


If any Family Sharing member is under the age of 13 (where Ask to Buy is required), or any Family Sharing member that has the Ask to Buy option turned on will have all purchases billed to the Organizer. Even with an iTunes & App Store credit balance, if Ask to Buy is turned on, the purchase will be taken from the Organizer's credit card.


Had you completed the purchase on your Mom's iOS device, you would have been able to verity that the purchase was charged to your credit card. There would not be any mention of the fact that your card would be charged since that is the way that Family Sharing is set up to work.


The only way to prevent purchases from being billed to your account is for each of the Family Sharing members to have an iTunes & App Store credit balance, which is achieved by purchasing and applying an iTunes Gift Card to their Apple account.


See the "About Family Sharing purchases" in this support article: How iTunes Store purchases are billed - Apple Support


Cheers,


GB

Apr 5, 2018 9:26 PM

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Apr 6, 2018 1:13 AM in response to gail from maine In response to gail from maine

gail from maine wrote:



Had you completed the purchase on your Mom's iOS device, you would have been able to verity that the purchase was charged to your credit card. There would not be any mention of the fact that your card would be charged since that is the way that Family Sharing is set up to work.



Yup, you're right. I checked again, this time under Payment and Shipping from her iPhone and without a payment option of her own, my credit card shows up under Family Sharing.


Sorry Aryanna85 , I was wrong, turning Family Purchase Sharing off, even completely, does not solve the issue.

Apr 6, 2018 1:13 AM

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Apr 19, 2018 10:07 PM in response to tudor53 In response to tudor53

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I have spent HOURS trying to remove my credit card information after it FORCE ME to enter credit card info just to turn on Family Sharing so I can see my son's iPhone in Find My iPhone in case he loses it. That is ridiculous of Apple to force us into putting in a credit card in order to use Find My iPhone for our family.

Apr 19, 2018 10:07 PM

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Apr 19, 2018 10:13 PM in response to CBorJB In response to CBorJB

No, they are forcing you to put in a credit card to turn on Family Sharing, since, by definition, a single party (the Organizer) is responsible for paying for purchases made by the family: Set up Family Sharing - Apple Support.


You can also track the location using the Find My Friends app: About Find My Friends - Apple Support


GB

Apr 19, 2018 10:13 PM

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