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Have you ever purchased an expensive app on your iPhone and wondered if you could share it with your family or a select group of friends? AppleInsider shows you how to see if you can, and how to do it.

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Let's say you purchased a game on your iPhone, and you want to download that same app to your kids' Apple devices. You can sign into all of their devices with your own Apple ID, but this presents a number of security and logistical issues.

Apple already provides a way to share apps between family members in Family Sharing. The feature lets you invite anyone in your family, up to a maximum of six people, into a shared account that includes all of your App Store purchases and more, so long as the app supports Family sharing.

Considering that some apps can get pretty expensive, Family Sharing is a very appealing proposition.

To enable Family Sharing, go to Settings, tap on your name, tap Set Up Family Sharing, and tap Get Started.

You can now choose the first feature you'd like to share with your family.

For this video, we'll choose iTunes & App Store Purchases. You can enable the rest of the features later.

Confirm your account and the shared payment method. Don't worry, your family members won't be able to purchase anything without your permission.

Now Tap Invite Family Members. A new message with an invitation will be created, and you can instantly invite multiple people.

After sending the invitation, the recipient simply needs to tap on it, and tap Join Family.

They'll now have the option of sharing their own personal purchases with the rest of the family. Now they can head into the Family Sharing settings, and see the Organizer, and what features are being shared.

They can also navigate to the app store and search an app that other family members have already purchased. When they reach the app's page, it will show that they need to purchase it. Simply back out of the app, and tap on the user profile.

You'll instantly see other family members under the Family Purchases section. Just tap on a member, and you'll see the list of purchased apps that are shared. Simply tap the download from iCloud button. We've now downloaded and are playing the game that was previously purchased by the family member.

Since the family member we invited decided to share their own personal purchases, the family organizer can now go in and download any app that the new family member purchased in the past.

Mac Os X Sharing Apps Between Users

This process is exactly the same for iTunes and iBooks purchases.

The organizer can now go back to the Family Sharing settings, tap on any family member, and either remove them from the family, or confirm that they are a Parent or Guardian.

This will allow they to approve Ask to Buy requests from children.

Back in the Family Sharing settings, you can share other features like Apple Music, iCloud Storage, and Location.

If you tap on Purchase Sharing, you can disable Share My Purchases. This means that the other family members can still share their own purchases, but they won't have access to yours.

You can also view the shared payment method, or Stop Family Purchase Sharing completely.

You can now add more Family Members, with the option of inviting via iMessage, or inviting in Person, which allows you to invite by family member's name, email address, or Game Center nickname.

Another possibility is to create an account for a child, which will require permission from a parent or guardian to make purchases. You'll simply get a notification when your child asks for permission to buy an app, and you'll have the option to accept or deny the request, straight from your phone.

If you're the organizer, you can tap on your own name, and either change the Family Sharing account settings, or stop family sharing completely.

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Mac Os X Sharing Apps Between Users

Welcome to Mac Help, our new column focused on helping you, the reader, with troubles you're having on your Mac. This installment's question comes from Doug Larsen, who needs help sharing files between his and his wife's user accounts on their family Mac.

Dough writes:

My wife and I sometimes want to share files with each other. A year ago we got our first Mac but before that we were both longtime Windows users. In fact neither of us had even touched a Mac before that so everything about OSX is new to us.

I setup different user accounts for us and for the life of me I can't find an easy way to share files. With Windows you have the Public folders where files are easily shared but on the Mac there doesn't seem to be anything like it. I always have to find some clunky workaround to share a file with my wife who is using the very same machine.

There is an equivalent to the Public folders feature in Windows, but it's pretty well hidden. For whatever reason, Apple doesn't make it very easy to use. Fortunately it's not difficult to set up.

First of all, setting up different user accounts on the same Mac is a great way to keep things organized, and I wish more people would do it. You share the same applications and system files, but your individual settings and your documents are completely different. It's an efficient and productive way to let more than one person use the same Mac. So kudos, Doug, on doing the right thing.

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If you check your /Users directory, you should see a folder called 'Shared.' That folder is dedicated to shared files that can be managed between different user accounts. A few of the applications I've installed use it so they can run without any trouble regardless of which user account is active, but you can use it for whatever you wish.

To access the Shared folder, simply open the Finder and select the Go menu, then select Go to folder.. (or type command-shift-G). Then type /Users and hit return.

You should be staring at the list of user folders on your Mac, with a Shared folder there as well. If you'd like to make it easier to access, simply drag that Shared folder into the Favorites sidebar on the left of your Finder window, or (as I pointed out in last week's column), command-drag it to the Finder toolbar if you'd prefer to have it on the top.

Either way you'll be able to access the Shared folder instantly, so you and your wife can both have access to common files you need. Whoever created the file will retain ownership of it, so the second person will need to make a copy of it and edit the copy.

Another way to do it is to use a third-party sync tool like Dropbox, but that requires you to upload and download the file using the Internet. This way the file stays local only on your Mac, which could be an important consideration if security (or bandwidth conservation) is paramount.

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