Q: "Hi, I have an Apple Music Family Plan subscription. But all my family members say they can't access with my account. Why is my Family Sharing Apple Music not working? Thanks in advance."
Family Sharing is a key feature of the Apple Music Family Plan, allowing up to 6 family members to access the same subscription. All family members can enjoy the full tracks on Apple Music. However, it has issues every now and then.
Reasons why Apple Music Family Sharing isn't working can vary. It is more important to know how to solve this problem. Read on to learn the causes and solutions to this problem, and how to easily share Apple Music without Family Sharing.
- Part 1. Apple Music Not Sharing with Family - Common Fixes
- Use the Same Apple ID
- Check Your Devices Country
- Sign Out and Sign in Again
- Turn on Apple Music Share Feature
- Re-add Your Family Members
- Part 2. How to Share Apple Music without Family Sharing
- Part 3. In Conclusion
Part 1. How to Fix Apple Music Family Sharing Not Working
If Apple Music not sharing with Family Sharing, you can try to restart the phone first to solve some minor software failures. If not, there may be several reasons:
1. Your Apple Music subscription ends. After the subscription ends, your family will no longer be able to enjoy shared content.
2. Your device is not supported. To use Apple Music Family Sharing, you and your family need an iPhone, iPod, iPad with iOS 8 or later, or mac OS X Yosemite or above.
Apart from the above two possible reasons, there are some other reasons and fixes as listed below.
Solution 1. Use the Same Apple ID
Assuming you have multiple Apple IDs, you'll need to make sure the Apple ID you use for Family Sharing is the same Apple ID you're signed in with for purchases. Otherwise, Apple Music media content will not be available on Family Sharing. Here's how you can check your Apple ID.
For iPhone, iPad:
Step 1. Open the 'Settings' app and tap on your 'Account' to check which Apple ID is signed into the device.
Step 2. Then you can tap 'Media & Purchases' > 'View Account' to see if it is the same account as your primary Apple ID.
Step 1. Click on the Apple Logo and select 'System Preferences'. Then click on your account name and you can see your Apple ID.
Step 2. Choose 'Media & Purchases'.
Step 3. Click on 'Manage' next to 'Subscriptions' to see if the Apple ID is the same as the former.
Solution 2. Check Your Device Country
You need to make sure all members in the Family Sharing are signed in with the same country. Otherwise, they can't access Apple Music Family Sharing.
To check which country you are signed in to, open 'Settings' and tap 'General' > 'Language & Region' > 'Region'.
Solution 3. Sign Out and Sign in Again
If Apple Music not working with Family Sharing, you can try logging out of your Apple ID and then logging back to resolve the issue. This is a very simple solution but may help you fix some software glitches.
For iPhone, iPad:
Step 1. Launch 'Settings' and tap on your 'profile name'.
Step 2. Scroll down to the bottom and then tap 'Sign Out'.
Step 3. Wait for a minute and then log in again.
Step 1. Open iTunes and choose 'Account' on the menu bar. Then select 'Sign Out'.
Step 2. Click on 'Account' > 'Sign in' to log back in.
Solution 4. Turn On Apple Music Share Feature
You need to make sure Apple Music is selected in the Share Feature. If you have disabled this feature, your family members can't access Apple Music Family Sharing.
Step 1. Open the 'Settings' app and tap on your profile, and choose 'Family Sharing'.
Step 2. Make sure 'Apple Music' is turned on under 'Shared Features'.
Solution 5. Re-add Your Family Members
The last solution you can try is to remove current members from Family Sharing and then add them back. This solution has helped many users resolve the issue so you can try it.
Step 1. Open the 'Settings' app and then tap on your name.
Step 2. Choose 'Family Sharing' and you will see all the members in the group.
Step 3. Select the members you want to remove and tap 'Remove XXX' at the bottom.
Step 4. After that, you can tap on 'Add Family Member' to add your members again.
Part 2. How to Share Apple Music without Family Sharing
Above are the ways to fix Apple Music Family Sharing not working. If you've fixed the problem but don't want it to happen again, you can try sharing Apple Music in other ways. That is, you can use DRmare Audio Converter to download Apple Music songs to MP3 and then share them with your family without any problem.
DRmare Audio Converter is a professional tool that can extract tracks from Apple Music and save them as local audio files. Its working speed has reached 30X, and it maintains lossless sound quality. You can then use these original Apple Music files on other devices or share them with anyone.
DRmare Apple Music Converter
- Extract music from Apple Music 30 times faster
- Convert Apple Music M4P to MP3, AAC, M4A, and so on
- Keep 100% original audio quality and lossless ID3 tags
- Play and share Apple Music anywhere and anytime
- Step 1Add Apple Music files to DRmare Audio Converter
- Download, install, and open DRmare Audio Converter. Then you can add Apple Music files to it for download and conversion in two ways. The first is to click on the 'add music' button at the bottom-left to load songs from your iTunes library. The second is to click 'add files' button to import music from your computer.
- Step 2Change Apple Music output parameters
- DRmare Audio Converter's default output format is MP3 and you can choose to change it. Click on the 'format' icon at the bottom-right corner and you can set the format, codec, channel, and so on. Then click on 'OK' to keep your settings.
- Step 3Download Apple Music to local
- Now it's time to download and convert Apple Music songs by clicking the 'Convert' button at the bottom right. When it finishes, you can click 'Output' or 'History' to find and listen to the local Apple Music files. You can easily share them with your family members without Apple Music Family Sharing.
Part 3. Conclusion
Those are the six solutions to fix Apple Music Family Sharing not working. You can try the previous five common solutions first to solve your problem. If they don't work for you, then you can use DRmare Audio Converter to share Apple Music without Family Sharing. This is arguably the best alternative since there is no limit to how many people you can share.
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