Family Sharing on iOS 8: Explained

If you have updated to iOS8, you will have no doubt come across the push notification asking you to turn on home sharing.  What is this you, might ask yourself? I know I did. Could it be a better, more streamlined way of sharing apps, etc. with your family? Dare I believe it?

YES! Yes, that is exactly what it is! Along with some awesome features like a family calendar (OMG, I am so excited about this one, I am levitating while hugging my iPad! Okay. Not really). But seriously, this is super exciting! I have resorted to a google calendar for each kid and adult in our family and then have shared it with everyone just to have it completely ignored. No longer!

A question I had after reading the article below was whether kids can still purchase tmusic, etc. on their devices with their own iTunes account. This is important to me as a mother of two teenagers, who tend to get a lot of iTunes gift cards as gifts. (and also because mostly I don’t want their music. The exception being Lorde and Lana Del Rey (don’t judge me- it might be a midlife crisis.) Now I can finally get my hands on those albums!

The answer is YES! According to this hand dandy apple support article,

Content downloaded from family members or acquired via redemption codes is not subject to Ask to Buy.

Oh good. This will also change some info on our school’s iPad FAQs page as now homesharing is so much easier. Thanks Apple!

iPhones, iPod touches, iPads everywhere — everyone in the family has devices and uses them for everything. One of iOS 8’s key improvements is more convenient family sharing. This is what it is and how it works. Easier media sharing and better parental control You’ve been able to share media content with other members of your family for quite some time thanks to Apple’s Home…


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Home share so easy I am embarrassed. Part II

It is a universal truth that if you do not sufficiently research an idea before prematurely spouting your mouth off on how difficult it is, you will be need to eat humble pie in the future (sorry Jane Austen for the usurpation and subsequent mangling of your wonderful beginning sentence).

So. This weekend I did look into home sharing with my daughter’s iPad, but got stuck on where to find the homesharing log in on my iPad.

Of course, as soon as I came back to work and gave it a minute, I found it:

Just go to settings–> Music–> and type in the apple ID you will use to home share between devices. So, just to clarify, though my daughter is signed in to her apple ID on the app store and iTunes, the home sharing apple ID is mine. It must be the same ID between all devices.

So I home shared my computer, my daughter’s computer. However, the syncing over wi fi was not turned on so I had to sync my daughter’s computer at least once to mine:

I am only syncing the apps ( I really do not need to hear anymore Taylor Swift nor see anymore funny photo booth shots of her and her friends).

I made sure the homesharing was turned on on my desktop and changed the general options on my daughter’s iPad so that we can now sync via wifi:

Now I have successfully polluted my daughter’s iPad with educational apps! The one thing I would do differently is to select the apps I want to share with her. Now she will have to do a lot of deleting…


Don’t despair! Home share! Part 1

Last week, my daughter stumbled while she was walking to her next class. She was carrying a leaning tower of textbooks, pencil case, water bottle and yes, her laptop. It was just a little stumble, one where she was able to right herself before falling on to her face. Her leaning tower however was not so lucky.

Everything in her arms went flying including, yes, her laptop. Her screen smashed spectacularly. Although it looked lovely, a digital version of stained glass with its cracks and shadows, it was useless. It would have cost me several hundred dollars to repair it, at least two thirds of the price of a new iPad.

Her new iPad 3, 64g, came yesterday.

But of course, this begs some questions. How should I set it up? Should I set it up with my account, seen as I have purchased many, many apps (as witnessed by this blog) and could add them to another device no problem?

Or should we set her up with her own iTunes account (which she has had for quite a while) and either repurchase the apps I have already bought or switch users every time she wants to use one of mine? (I think I might hate this option). What I really want is a way to share my apps with her apple ID.

Apple doesn’t like sharing. They are the kindergarten bullies, the domineering A type personalities in the playground.

So I do what I always do when I am in doubt: I google it.

Nothing too useful so far, but I did see this feature on using iTunes allowance with your kids. I don’t want to give her a monthly amount though, so that doesn’t work.

Oh and this article about how to manage your kids’ iPads. But oh wait, they are talking about six year olds…

Or this one from macworld..Oh wait. Once again it is for children who don’t know what money is…

But wait! I just found this on the chat forum about home sharing! It turns out that if I follow these arcane instructions, and involve my whole family and make sure we all have the same apple ID, my daughter might be able to have access to my apps!

Guess what I am doing this weekend?

To be continued…