Is there a way to share iCloud storage between family members?

I included my wife's iPhone into Family sharing, but I would like to have one storage bucket (20G) that would allow us both Apple ID accounts to backup more then default 5G per device. Is it possible?

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    Basically this is asking if account A needs 5.5 GB and account B needs 10.5 GB, can they avoid paying for 40 GB (20 x 2) and still have backup fit in one 20 GB payment.
    – bmike
    Commented May 14, 2015 at 16:41

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This feature is coming in iOS 11 (see iMore). From that page:

.. yes, now you can share that data with your family, with up to six people using one storage plan for backups, files, and photos. Presumably, each family member's files are only available to that person, unlike, say, Family Sharing of iTunes, iBooks, and App Store content.

  • Yes, now in Settings on your iPhone in iOS 11 tap your Apple ID Account at the top, then iCloud, then Manage Storage and above Change Storage Plan you should see a Share With Family button. It's probably only available if you already have the 200GB or 2TB plans.
    – Andrew
    Commented Dec 9, 2017 at 20:17
  • "Presumably, each family member's files are only available to that person" I wish Apple would make this explicitly clear. I don't see it answered anywhere explicitly on the Family Sharing pages for iCloud Storage. Commented Apr 7, 2018 at 17:55
  • In 2022, this requires "iCloud+", which starts at $0.99 to share the 50GB with family members (and has some other benefits, such as custom email domains, anonymized email addresses, etc).
    – Dave Land
    Commented Aug 2, 2022 at 23:48

Update 2017/2018: It appears Apple finally allows sharing iCloud storage between family members (see the newly accepted answer). Glad to hear it!


The correct answer is No, there is not. Apple does not let you share iCloud Storage with family members, unfortunately.

Here's a forum link where this has been discussed:


You can share your account and password, but then the storage is yours and not really sharing with a sub-account. Each individual Apple ID gets their own paid/gifted/free storage quota and any one account can bump up their storage only and it doesn't affect any other AppleID storage capacity - family membership regardless.


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