How to Share Paid iOS Apps for Free with Friends and Family

Like Google Family Library on Android, you can share your App Store purchases with other iPhone users using Apple Family Sharing. This includes access to everyone's apps, games, music, movies, TV shows, and books. In this article, let's take a detailed look at how you can share paid iOS apps with your friends and family.

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Share Paid iOS Apps with Other iPhone Users Using Apple Family Sharing

How to Share Paid iOS Apps for Free with Friends and Family

If your family or friends have multiple iOS devices, you don't need to purchase the same app multiple times. Instead, you can use Apple Family Sharing to share your app purchases for free with up to 6 other people, that too, without sharing your account.

You can also share App Store and iTunes purchases, Apple Books, Apple Music family plan, Apple News + subscription, and iCloud storage plan. It also allows you to share photo albums, family calendars, and locations if you want.


  • Family Sharing works on iOS 8 or later.
  • Each member must have their own Apple ID.
  • Each family member can only belong to one family group at a time.
  • You can change groups twice a year.
  • The family organizer can create an Apple ID for their children under 13 to add them to Family Sharing.

1] Configure family sharing on iPhone or iPad

  1. Open Parameters on your iPhone.
  2. Tap your name at the top. Now click on Family Sharing.
  3. Click on Start and follow the on-screen instructions.
  4. If prompted, choose a payment method - anyone in the family can use it to make purchases from iTunes, Apple Books, and the App Store.
  5. Once the configuration is complete, click Add member.
  6. Invite up to six members using Messages, Mail, or AirDrop. Ask invited members to accept and join your Family Sharing group.

2] Share purchased applications with others

Now that you've set up Family Sharing and added your friends and family, here's how to share purchased apps with other iPhone users.

  1. Open Parameters and tap your name.
  2. Click on Family Sharing.
  3. On the next screen, click Purchase sharing.
  4. Click on Continue and follow the on-screen instructions.
  5. You will be informed that your payment method will be shared with your family members. All of the family's existing and new Apple subscriptions will now be billed on the shared payment method.
  6. After setup is complete, send a message to invite family members to join shopping sharing and share their purchases.

Once they sign up, purchase sharing will be enabled for your Family Sharing group.

3] Access applications purchased by family members

Once family members have joined and agreed to share their purchases, you can download their purchased books, music, and apps from the Purchased tab on iTunes, Apple Books and App Store.

To access apps purchased by other family members:

  1. Open the App Store on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Click on your profile icon in the upper right corner.
  3. Select Purchased.
  4. Now tap on your family member's name to view its contents.
  5. Click it Download to download the paid application or game for free on your iPhone.

4] Share subscriptions and in-app purchases

Share subscriptions and in-app purchases with friends and family

Apple recently announced that subscriptions and one-time in-app purchases can now be shared between families. However, this does not apply to consumable items such as coins or in-game skins. Anyway, if you have unlocked the pro or ad-free version of an app, it can be shared at using family sharing.

If you usually buy family memberships, you can check out which ones can be shared in Settings> Your name> Subscriptions. Here you will also see a toggle for Share new subscriptions, which, when activated, will automatically give your family members access to in-app subscriptions you have paid for.

Share subscriptions and in-app purchases with friends and family

You can also manually share app subscriptions with family by clicking on the subscription and activating the Share with the family to fall over.

Tip - Hide App Store Purchases from Family

Hide family sharing apps

If there are any app purchases that you don't want to share with your family, you can hide them by going to App Store> Profile Image> Purchases> My Purchases. Here, swipe your finger from right to left on the app you want to hide from Family Sharing. Finally, press Hide.


It was all about how you can share paid iOS apps for free with your friends and family using Family Sharing. Besides, I also mentioned how you can share your subscriptions and in-app purchases. Hope this helps you save money by not buying the same apps and subscriptions multiple times. Stay tuned for more articles like this.

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