Your entire family can share a single iCloud storage plan large enough to store everyone’s photos, videos, and files. Each person’s files and documents remain private, but it’s easy to see how much storage everyone is using. If you need more space, you can upgrade to a larger plan at any time.
Many cloud storage services are designed with individual users in mind, but that doesn’t make them a good solution for multiple users. Although some providers allow you to share files with other users, they’re not always the perfect solution for collaboration.
Can family members see my iCloud photos?
Everyone’s personal files and preferences stay private
When you share iCloud+, family members can’t see each others’ photos, files, or documents. And when you share other subscriptions like Apple Music, Apple Fitness+, or Apple TV+, each person sees their own preferences and recommendations — not the whole family’s.
Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Family Sharing. Click iCloud Storage. Click Share. Follow the onscreen instructions.
How to share individual iCloud Photo
- On your iPhone, open the Photos app.
- Tap the Select button at top right.
- Then tap on each image you want to share.
- Now choose the share button at bottom left.
- Scroll down and tap on Share iCloud Link.
- Wait for a moment while the link is created, and copied to your clipboard.
Adding a family member to your shared iCloud Storage plan is fairly straightforward and quick. You can only share an iCloud Storage plan of 200GB or higher. Open Settings on the device of the iCloud family organizer.
How does a family member stop using iCloud Family Storage
- Go to Settings > your name.
- Tap Family Sharing.
- Tap iCloud Storage.
- Tap “Stop using Family Storage”
A shared library cannot be available for two different users at the same time. I would like to be able to do this also – unfortunately Apple doesn’t provide that feature, except via shared albums – which are a very poor substitute.
To avoid issues caused by sharing an Apple ID, set up an Apple ID for each family member and set up Family Sharing.
- On the family member’s device, sign out of iCloud.
- Ask your family member to create an Apple ID. …
- Ask your family member to sign in to iCloud with their new Apple ID on their device.
First, navigate to Settings > [your name] > Family Sharing > Set Up Your Family. Choose the feature you want to share. In this case, iCloud Storage. If you don’t currently have a 200GB or 2TB iCloud plan, Apple will ask you to upgrade.