Move a child to another group using Family Sharing

You can't remove a child under 13 years old from your family group, but you can move them to another group or delete their account.

If the child is already in your family

You can ask an organizer from another family group to invite the child to their family. After they invite the child, you get a notification. You can approve from the notification or use these steps:

  • On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap Settings. Below your name, find a notification that says "Family Transfer Request." Tap the notification and follow the onscreen instructions.
  • On your Mac, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences. Below your name, find a notification that says the child was invited to Family Sharing. Click Continue and follow the onscreen instructions. In macOS Mojave or earlier, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences. Click iCloud, then click Manage Family.

After you approve, the child moves from your family group to the other family group. Learn what happens after a family member leaves.

* Age varies by country or region.


If you want to invite the child to your family

After you send the invitation, the child's current family organizer must approve the request on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. Then the child will move from their current family group to your family group.

Invite a child from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap your name, then tap Family Sharing.
  3. Tap Add Member.
    iPhone showing the Add Member button below the names of other family members.
  4. Tap Invite People.
  5. Tap Invite in Person.
  6. Ask the child to enter their Apple ID and password. Learn what to do if the child forgot their password.
  7. Follow the onscreen steps.
  8. After the child's current family organizer approves the request, provide parental consent and a valid payment method.

To check the status of the request, go to Settings, tap your name, tap Family Sharing, then tap the child's name.

Invite a child from your Mac

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Family Sharing.
  2. Click the Add button .
  3. Click Invite People. 
    Mac showing the Invite People button.
  4. Click Invite in Person.
  5. Ask the child to enter their Apple ID and password. Learn what to do if the child forgot their password.
  6. Follow the onscreen steps.
  7. After the child's current family organizer approves the request, provide parental consent and a valid payment method.*

To check the status of the request, open System Preferences, click Family Sharing, then click the child's name.

If you have macOS Catalina

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Family Sharing.
  2. Click the Add button .
  3. Ask the child to enter their Apple ID and password. Learn what to do if the child forgot their password.
  4. Follow the onscreen steps.
  5. After the child's current family organizer approves the request, provide parental consent and a valid payment method.*

To check the status of the request, open System Preferences, click Family Sharing, then click the child's name.

If you have macOS Mojave or earlier

  1. From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
  2. Click Manage Family, then click the Add button .
  3. Ask the child to enter their Apple ID and password. Learn what to do if the child forgot their password.
  4. Follow the onscreen steps.
  5. After the child's current family organizer approves the request, provide parental consent and a valid payment method.*

To check the status of the request, open System Preferences, click iCloud, click Manage Family, then click the child's name.

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