We have shared a lot about Family Sharing lately and tried to help you get well-versed with the feature and everything you can do with it. The basic function, however, that it serves is that it allows family members to be able to share their purchases made on App Store, iTunes and the iBooks across all the devices they may be using. Everyone in the family doesn’t really need to buy the same items several times. Besides, most of the application developers include support for Family Sharing in their apps unless they deliberately do not want to offer such a feature. If you want to find out whether a particular app offers support for the Family Sharing feature or not, you can do it easily. And, it is possible for both iOS and the Mac apps. Let’s try to find out how.
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- How To Determine If Your iOS Apps Are Compatible With Family Sharing
- How To Determine If Your Mac Apps Are Compatible With Family Sharing
How To Determine If Your iOS Apps Are Compatible With Family Sharing
If you want to know whether a certain iOS app is compatible with Family Sharing or not, here are the steps to follow.
- Open App Store from your iPhone/iPad
- Search to find an app that you want to explore
- Tap that app to view all the information available about it
- Go to Details tab and scroll down to Information section. Here you will find the Family Sharing option with Yes/No written in front of it. This tells you whether the app supports Family Sharing or not.
How To Determine If Your Mac Apps Are Compatible With Family Sharing
If you want to know whether a certain Mac app is compatible with Family Sharing or not, here are the steps to follow.
- Open Mac App Store from your Mac
- Find the app that you want to purchase or have purchased already
- Once you find it, click on it to view all the information. When you are in Information section, you’ll be able to see the information towards right side that tells whether the app is compatible with Family Sharing or not.
An alternate for you to take a look at entire list of the applications that you have purchased for your Mac already, click Purchased tab from top navigation to scroll through purchased apps list. The apps that do not support the Family Sharing feature have Not Shareable writing right next them. This, in fact, is a simple and quick way to find whether your apps are shareable or not.
You can use both the processes mentioned above for checking out if the books from iBooks have any compatibility with Family Sharing or not. These books are also sold as mobile apps, technically. But when it comes to movies and music, you can’t really tell if your purchases are all shareable or not. The most probable reason for that is the fact that their licensing changes quite frequently. For this very reason, you can see movies appearing and disappearing from the cloud sharing off and on.
So, that’s how you can determineif your iOS/Mac apps can work with Family Sharing or not. The process is simple and straight forward for both Mac and iOS apps and there shouldn’t be any problems whatsoever.