How to share iCloud storage with family members?


iCloud is a very beneficial and useful service which Apple has given to its users and you can now not only share and sync photos with your other devices but you can also share your storage space of iCloud Drive with your family members.

You must be on either 200 GB or  2 TB subscription plan to share your iCloud drive storage with up to 5 of your family members.


For iOS devices(iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), they must be running on iOS 11 or higher but this requirement is for the main device that is sharing its iCloud storage. However, it is better if all of the devices are on the latest version of iOS.

For Mac devices(MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, iMac), they must be running on MacOS High Sierra  10.13 or later.

Keep in mind that if any family member opts out of the shared plan then they will have 28 days to upgrade their iCloud Drive storage space to secure their data before reverting back to the default 5GB storage plan.

While using shared storage space, keep in mind that documents, photos, and other files will be private. All of the users may be using the same iCloud Drive but with their own separate iCloud accounts so, everyone’s personal data remains private.

How to set up iCloud storage sharing with family members

(iOS Devices)

  1. Go to Settings > (Your Name).
  2. Tap on Family Sharing and then iCloud Storage.
  3. If not then upgrade your iCloud Subscription to 200 GB or 2 TB.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions and invite your family members to use your iCloud subscription plan.


  1. Open iCloud from System Preferences.
  2. Click on Manage at Bottom Right Corner.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  4. After that go to My Apps & Services and Click on iCloud Storage.
  5. Select Start Sharing to start sharing with your family members.

If any user already has an active subscription of iCloud then they will either have to accept the invitation for the shared plan or continue to use their active subscription.

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