While it's a terrific tool for families with several iOS devices, you might prefer to disable Family Sharing. Only the Family Sharing organizer—the person who originally set up sharing for your family—can turn the feature off.
However, if you're not the organizer, you can disable Family Sharing for yourself by leaving the group. If you're the organizer, follow these steps in your device's Settings app to turn off Family Sharing for everyone:. Select your name at the top of the screen, then choose Family Sharing.
For iOS Tap your name again, then select Stop Family Sharing. Confirm by tapping Stop Sharing. You can also disband a family group from your Mac :. Select the Apple menu, then choose System Preferences. Choose iCloud.
Log in with your Apple ID. If you don't know your login details, reset your Apple ID password. Select Manage Family. Select your name, then choose Stop Family Sharing. With Family Sharing disabled, no one in your family can share their content until you turn the feature back on or a new organizer sets up a new share. Another way to disable Family Sharing for yourself is to leave the family group.
You can do this on your iPhone , iPad , iPod touch , or Mac. To leave the family group from your iOS device, repeat steps 1 through 3 from the iOS directions above, but choose Leave Family instead of the option to stop sharing. The same can be done from your Mac. Repeat the steps above to remove yourself from the Family Sharing group.
If you deactivate Family Sharing, you may wonder what happens to the items that your family shared. The answer depends on where the content came from originally. If you were part of a family Apple Music subscription or a shared iCloud storage plan, you lose access to those. DRM restricts how you can use and share content generally to prevent unauthorized copying or piracy. These items stop working when the Family Sharing group is disbanded. Although that content can't be used, it's not deleted.
The content you received from sharing is listed on your device. You need to re-purchase it using your Apple ID if you want to use it again. If not, you can delete it from your device.
Stopping Family Sharing is straightforward. However, there's one scenario in which you can't turn it off. That's when you have a child under 13 as part of your Family Sharing group.
After you do that, you can turn off Family Sharing. Sam Costello. Sam Costello has been writing about tech since His writing has appeared in publications such as CNN. Facebook Twitter. Updated on April 10, Tweet Share Email. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Email Address Sign up There was an error.