When Apple first introduced Family Sharing with iCloud, I was very happy. I thought it finally would solve the issues with multiple iMessages sent to wrong phones and saving the mess of setting iMessage up on one phone, then the next and so forth, to make sure you only received the messages intended to you.
So I set up Family Sharing for the family, own iCloud ID for the wife and kid – not as easy as expected, because since their e-mail adresses already has been used in iMessage, it can not be used as an iCloud ID – go figure…once this first hurdle was overcome, by creating to new iCloud.com ID’s, I set the 2 phones and 2 ipads up, so they now had each of their id’s – that is awesome and once you remember to log out of iMessage and back in, only the numbers and mails associated with this account show up – just as expected…this part is GREAT…
NOW COMES THE DISSAPOINTMENT!
Just before Family sharing got introduced I updated my (our) iCloud account to 200 GB, plenty for backups for the whole family, including ipads…guess what – iCloud GB is NOT shared in family sharing and my family members only have 5GB unless I buy more for them! Also, the apps we can share – the developers has to approve sharing, otherwise they will not be shared. This means my daughters ipad full of games bought on another apple ID cannot be updated because the developers has not approved sharing!!! This may not be apples fault, but this is however still very annoying.
SO WHAT HAVE I DONE!
I have actually kept the individual ID’s for iCloud on each unit, so I do not have to worry about iMessage conflicts – I have however switch back to my own (and main ID) for the iTunes store as it is possible to have different ID’s for store and iCloud…this means the apps can now be updated again an music match can be share – it was also not part of Family Sharing…
I still have not found a solution for backups on the family units, but I guess I will have to turn on backup via iTunes as they are already complaining about lack of space in iCloud!
Was this apples idea with Family sharing, simply to make som ekstra dollar on iTunes backup and musicmatch – I hope not, because I think that will just get people to revert back to 1 ID per family!