All You Need to Know About iCloud Storage Family Sharing

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What is iCloud Storage Family Sharing

The term ‘iCloud Storage Family Sharing’ was derived from ‘Family Sharing with Apple’. Apple’s Official definition of Family Sharing reads thus “Family Sharing makes it easy for up to six family members to share iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases, an Apple Music Family Membership, and an iCloud storage plan.

Therefore, iCloud Storage Family Sharing is an integral sub-part of Apple Family Sharing. But it’s about sharing Apples’ iCloud storage plan with your family members.

How to Use iCloud Storage Family Sharing to Share a Plan with Family

Do you know that you can add up to five of your family members to your single iCloud storage plan via iCloud Storage Family Sharing? This would benefit your family members by making sure they all have enough iCloud storage for the media files such as photos, videos, documents and iCloud backups.

With 200GB or @TB storage plan, you can give every member of your family a substantial storage space for all their storage needs. You don’t have to worry about your privacy because your photos and documents stay private and can only be accessed by you just as you have in your own storage plan with iCloud.

Here are some tips on how to get the best out of iCloud Storage Family Sharing.

Tip #1. How to Add Family Members to iCloud

Haven’t started using iCloud Storage Family Sharing? No problem. You can set up Family Sharing to share your iCloud storage space with your family members by adding them to your account. Here is how to do it:

Step 1: Click Settings app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Click Set Up Family Sharing > Get Started.
Step 3: Choose iCloud Storage as the first feature to share with your family members.
Step 4: When you see the prompt, use messages to invite five members of your family to join your Family Plan.
Your invited family members will see your invitation, accept or reject it. They can also keep their paid iCloud accounts if they want to while joining your family membership plan.

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Tip #2: How to Upgrade to a 200GB or 2TB Storage Plan

If you’re still on the free 5GB free iCloud storage, you are not eligible to create a Family Sharing. You’ll need to upgrade your free account to a 200GB or 2TB storage plan.

Here are the steps to guide you in upgrading your free iCloud account to 200 GB or 2TB storage plan:
Step 1: Click Settings app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Step 2: Click Your Name > iCloud > Manage Storage or iCloud Storage.
Step 3: Click Buy More Storage or Change Storage Plan.
Step 4: Select a plan, and click Buy.

You should follow the onscreen instruction to complete the payment process.

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Tip #3: How to Share a Storage Plan with Family

If you are already using Apple Family Sharing, you can easily share your iCloud storage with your existing family members. Here is how to do it:

Step 1: Click Settings > Your Name > Family Sharing > iCloud Storage.
Step 2: Upgrade to a 200GB or 2TB plan.
Step 3: Send a message to family members with existing paid storage plan for them to know that they can now switch to shared storage plan.

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Tip #4: How to Manage Your Family's iCloud Storage

It is easier to unite your family under one common iCloud storage plan with apple sharing. This would help you to know what amount of storage the family is using and the best way to increase it when the need arises.

Follow these steps to manage your family’s iCloud storage:
Step 1: Click Settings on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Step 2: Click Family Sharing.
Step 3: Click iCloud Storage.

After these steps, a notification will be sent to your family members if the iCloud storage is low. Then the family organizer can proceed to buy more storage space for the family.

How to Share Files to Family Member without iCloud

iMyFone TunesMate is a PC based iOS transfer tool that helps users to freely transfer media files between iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and computer/iTunes. If you want to share files with your family members without using iCloud Family Sharing, then TunesMate can be very handy in sharing your files with all your family members.

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  • Share iTunes/iPhone music with family or friends, even to family and friend with different Apple IDs.
  • Share lots of files and there is no limitation to the number of files you can share.
  • Share any type of files between iTunes, iPhone, and computer. All types of iOS files such as music, playlist, photos, videos, etc. are allowed for sharing.
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How to Use TunesMate to Share Files without iCloud or iTunes

Sharing files between your family members using TunesMate takes two procedures: Transfer iPhone music to computer, and transfer computer music to iPhone.

#1. Steps to Transfer iPhone Music to Computer

Step 1: Open your computer and connect your iPhone using a USB cable. Launch TunesMate and click “Music” tab.

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Step 2: Tick the songs you would like to export to your PC, then click Export > Export to PC.

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Step 3: Browse and select the target folder, then click “Select Folder” to export the music. Click “Open Folder” to find the exported songs.

#2. Steps to Transfer the Music from Computer to Another iPhone

Step 1: Open your computer and connect your family member’s iPhone using a USB cable. Launch TunesMate and click Music > Add > Add Files/Folder.

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Step 2: Choose Add Folder, and locate your music folder on your computer.

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Step 3: Select the songs and click Open to transfer the selected songs to your family member’s iPhone.