I'm not understanding the iOS App Store's algorithm for Family Sharing of applications.

Here's how it works (for me):

If user A shares with use B and wants a free app that A owns, it is impossible to download (the App Store asking for A's credit card security code and then rejects it); but if B wants a paid app that A owns, don’t even use Family Sharing and just charge them.

I'm puzzled by this, since it seems not to be the advertised function of Family Sharing. What am I missing?

  • Are you sure you are signed into the App Store with User B's Apple ID associated with Family Sharing? It sounds like User B maybe didn't accept the invite somehow and instead just signed into the device with User A's account. (Also, not all content is eligible for Family Sharing per Apple, though it doesn't specify what is not eligible.) – tubedogg Apr 23 '15 at 22:29
  • @tubedogg: B is signed in, and Family Sharing has been enabled for some time (and has not behaved this way before, that either A or B can recall). – orome Apr 23 '15 at 22:39
  • FWIW: A is getting notifications of $1 charges from the iOS App Store on my credit card, which confirms that the security code A is entering is correct and is being confirmed by the bank. The iOS App Store, however, still rejects it. – orome Apr 23 '15 at 22:41
  • CVV (security code) is not a requirement to authorize funds. It is generally checked after funds are confirmed available. I'd double-check with your bank, and then call Apple. – tubedogg Apr 23 '15 at 22:56
  • @tubedogg: The iOS App Store on B's device won't let the download of the free and shared app proceed without the CVV, and the correct one is rejected by the store (though apparently accepted by the bank). – orome Apr 23 '15 at 23:17

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