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How to set up Apple Cash Family for kids and teens

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Apple has announced a new way to use Apple Cash in Apple Cash Family. Now kids and teens can use Apple Cash, perfect for those using Family Setup on an Apple Watch.

With the arrival of the new Apple Family Setup feature, parents can now set up Apple Cash for members of their family that are under 18 years old. This means that kids and teens can make purchases and receive money via iMessage. Currently, Apple Cash Family is only available in the United States.

Only the family organizer who set up Family Sharing for the family group will be able to set up Apple Cash Family. At least one member of the family group must be under 18 years old to use this program. Kids and teens will need a compatible iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch with the latest version of iOS, iPadOS, or watchOS — so make sure their devices are kept current.

Provided you already have a Family Group set up, getting everything set up for Apple Cash Family is a quick process. Make sure you have both the family organizer's iPhone and the child's or teen's device.

Family Sharing

How to set up Apple Cash Family

  1. On the family organizer's iPhone, open Settings
  2. Tap your name
  3. Tap Family Sharing
  4. Tap Apple Cash
  5. Tap Child or Teen
  6. Tap Set Up Apple Cash
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions

If you wish to view the transactions your child has made, it's easy, too.

How to view your child's transactions in Apple Cash

How to view your child's transactions in Apple Cash

  1. On your iPhone, open Wallet
  2. Tap the Apple Cash Card
  3. Tap the "..." button
  4. Scroll down and tap the child's name
  5. Tap Transactions

If you haven't set up family sharing before, it's a relatively straightforward process. You'll need a few minutes to get everything set up before you can start adding family members.

How to set up Family Sharing on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

How to set up Family Sharing on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Tap Settings and then tap on your name.
  2. Tap Set Up Family Sharing, which will walk you through the process of setting up Family Sharing.

How to set up Family Sharing on a Mac

How to set up Family Sharing on a Mac
  1. Click the Apple menu
  2. If using Catalina, click System Preferences followed by Family Sharing.
  3. If using macOS Mojave or earlier, click System Preferences, followed by iCloud
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up Family Sharing.

Now that you've got a family group set up, you'll need to add people to your Family Group to take advantage of Apple Cash Family. Here's how to do it:

How to invite people to join your Family Sharing group on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Head to Settings.
  2. Tap your name, and then tap Family Sharing.
  3. Tap Add Family Member.
  4. Enter your family member's Apple ID email.
  5. Choose whether you'd like to invite them via Messages, or if you'd like them to enter their ID and password from your device
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions

How to invite people to join your Family Sharing group on macOS Catalina

  1. Click on the Apple menu and then head to System Preferences.
  2. Click Family Sharing
  3. Click Add Family Member
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions

How to invite people to join your Family Sharing group on macOS Mojave or earlier

  1. Click Apple Menu and then iCloud
  2. Click Manage Family
  3. Click the add family member button and follow the on-screen instructions
 

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