How to Remove a Family Member From Family Sharing

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

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Family Sharing makes it easy for families that use the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Macs to share their purchases at the iTunes Store and App Store without having to buy each item a second, third, or fourth time around. That's tough to beat.

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

Remove a User From Family Sharing

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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. Tap your name at the top of the Settings screen (on older versions of the iOS, tap Accounts & Passwords > iCloud Drive).
  3. Tap the Family Sharing menu.
  4. Tap the name of the family member you want to remove from Family Sharing.
  5. Tap the Remove button.
  6. 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.

Removing a person from Family Sharing does not affect their Apple ID or the iTunes Store or App Store purchases they've made on their own. 

What Happens to Shared Content After Removal From Family Sharing?

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, and Apple Books Stores
If the person you've removed from Family Sharing bought any DRM-protected content, such as music, movies, TV shows, and apps, those items are no longer available to other Family Sharing users. The person who leaves the Family Sharing group also loses access to the purchases made by other members of the plan.

This happens 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 Sharing, but they may need to download or purchase the app if one of the other family members bought it.   

Apple Music
If an Apple Music subscription was shared among family members, the person who is no longer part of the Family Sharing group loses access to Apple Music. That includes any songs they have added to their library or downloaded for offline listening. To regain access to that music, they need to subscribe to Apple Music on their own.