I, my wife and my three kids all have apple devices and IDs. However, some of my kids have credit balances from gift cards.

If I turn on Apple Sharing, can those gift balances still be spent?

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Yes. Gift balances are preserved.

In fact, I use a gift balance to avoid charging the family organizer for my primary Apple ID. I want to pay for my apps and be part of the family to share apps and calendars and reminders easily.

This lets me use my Credit Card to buy gift cards (usually at a substantial discount from Costco) and/or use Apple Pay and Passbook to load my store credit at Apple Retail Stores without needing a physical gift card at all.

  • so, the gift balance isn't shared? But, the purchase made is shared?
    – PilotBob
    May 11, 2015 at 17:37
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    Yes. Each account maintains their separate gift balance if any. Any gift card credits accumulate on each sub-account. All credit card billing gets removed from all but the organizer account. All purchases that don't pull from credit (for a variety of reasons) go against that one card.
    – bmike
    May 11, 2015 at 19:31
  • @bmike You mean to say, that the "non-organiser" purchases (via gift card) are shared with others?
    – Codevalley
    Aug 31, 2019 at 21:07
  • Yes - exactly @Codevalley I need to update this answer, you can even load your gift card yourself now in the wallet on iPhone. All purchased apps share regardless of which payment added it to any family account.
    – bmike
    Aug 31, 2019 at 21:18
  • It seems to work differently for me. apple.stackexchange.com/questions/367997/…
    – Codevalley
    Aug 31, 2019 at 21:30

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