How to Remove a Family Member From Family Sharing

What happens to your apps when you leave Apple's Family Sharing Plan?

Family Sharing is a terrific feature of owning an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. It makes it easy for families to share their purchases at the iTunes Store and App Store with other members of their family without having to purchase them a second, third, or fourth time around. That's tough to beat.

With Family Sharing, up to six family members can share iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases, an Apple Music Family Membership and an iCloud storage plan.

Remove a User From Family Sharing

Remove a Family Member from Family Sharing

At some point, you might want to remove a family member from your Family Sharing setup. In that case, here's how to reduce the number of people you're sharing your purchases with:

  1. Tap the Settings app to open it on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
  2. Scroll down to the Accounts & Passwords menu and tap it.
  3. Select Your iCloud Drive account from the list.
  4. Tap the Family Sharing menu.
  5. Tap the name of the family member you want to remove from Family Sharing.
  6. Tap the Remove button.
  7. A pop-up window asks you to either tap Remove to confirm the removal or Cancel if you've changed your mind. Tap the choice you want.

After the person is removed, you are returned to the main Family Sharing screen and can see that they are no longer listed.

Note: Removing a person from Family Sharing does not affect their Apple ID or iTunes Store or App Store purchases. 

What Happens to Shared Content?

You've succeeded in removing a user from Family Sharing, but what happens to the content they shared with you and you shared with them? The answer to that is complex: In some cases, the content is no longer accessible; in others it still is.

Content From the iTunes & App Stores
DRM-protected content, such as any music, movie, TV show, and app purchased from the iTunes and App Stores that the person you removed from Family Sharing bought, stops working for the other members of the plan. The person who leaves the plan loses access to the purchases of other members of the plan.

This is because the ability to share someone else's purchases depends on being linked together by Family Sharing. When you break that link, you lose the ability to share.

In-App Purchases

If your favorite gaming app disappears from Family Sharing when you remove a family member, you can purchase it yourself to enjoy it. Any in-app purchases remain with the person who buys them, even if they leave Family Planning, but they may need to download or purchase the app if one of the other family members bought it.