How to add a family member to a shared iCloud storage plan in iOS 11

Here's how you'll be able to add a family member to your iCloud storage plan in iOS 11.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

With iOS 11, you'll be able to share storage with members of your Family Sharing group. If your family members are using Apple's free 5GB plan, they'll be automatically moved to your storage if you're using a larger plan. If they're paying for a larger amount of storage, you'll need to invite them, which they will be able to decline.

Here's how you'll add a family member to your shared iCloud storage plan.

How to add a family member to a shared iCloud storage plan in iOS 11

Adding a family member to your shared iCloud Storage plan is fairly straightforward and quick.

  1. Open Settings on the device of the iCloud family organizer.
  2. Tap the Apple ID banner.
  3. Tap Family Sharing.

    Open Settings, tap ID banner, tap Family Sharing

  4. Tap iCloud Storage.
  5. Tap Let Your Family Know.

    Tap iCloud Storage, tap Let Your Family Know

  6. Tap the Send button to send an invitation to your family members to share your iCloud Storage.
  7. Tap Close.

    Tap Send, tap Close

  8. Open Messages on the family member's iPhone or iPad.
  9. Tap the iCloud invitation in the message that was sent from the family organizer.

    Open Messages, tap on invite


If you have any more questions about iCloud shared storage in iOS 11, don't hesitate to ask in the comments.