How to Share iCloud Storage with Family Members in iOS 13 / iPadOS

Feb 3, 2020
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Want to share iCloud storage with your family members? Here's how you can do it on your iPhone and iPad running iOS 13, iPadOS.

You Can Use Family Sharing in iOS 13 / iPadOS to Share iCloud Storage with Your Loved Ones Instantly

Apple hands out a measly 5GB of free iCloud storage to its users which is pretty easy to fill up. If you have loads of photos, videos and settings that need to be backed up, then you will obviously end up investing in more storage, which is understandable. Once you do make the investment in more iCloud storage, then you will be delighted to learn that you share iCloud storage with your friends and family members too. It's actually quite easy and only takes a few steps.

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Share iCloud Storage Tutorial

Note: You must have 200GB of storage for this to work. It's best to upgrade right now otherwise Family Sharing will prompt you to upgrade during the steps.

Step 1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2. Tap on your Apple ID at the top, right above the Airplane Mode toggle switch.

Step 3. Now tap on Family Sharing.

Step 4. If you are setting this up for the first time then tap on Get Started as shown in the screenshot below.

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Share iCloud storage using Family Sharing

Step 5. Now tap on iCloud Storage.

Tap on iCloud Storage

Step 6. Tap on Continue. If you have 200GB or more storage already with you, then simply follow the on-screen steps to share the storage with your family members via iMessage. You have the option to add their Apple ID manually, but that can be a little time consuming since you literally have to enter their username and password.

Once the text message is received by your family member or friend, ask them to tap on the iCloud storage invitation. It's as simple as that. If you wish to add more people to your Family Sharing account, then follow the above steps again till Step 3 and then add more members by tapping on Add Family Member.

Invite family members to share iCloud storage

I'll say it again one last time, you should have 200GB or more iCloud storage for this to work. This will not work on the 50GB tier, which is understandable given how quickly you can end up filling up the cloud storage space if you are involved with multiples iPhones and iPads at home. Throw in a Mac and then watch that storage go down the drain rapidly.

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