As the title suggests - my wife uses her iCloud storage and is getting ready to get charged. I'd like to move her to our family iCloud storage but want to make sure she doesn't lose any of her files in the change.

Does this change just effect the storage location of the information or would it delete any information she has in her cloud?

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No, your wife won't lose her files. Turning on Family Sharing simply adds the features to her iCloud account, which can include more data, and other features. She will see options on what of her iCloud data she wishes to share.

When you leave a Family, your iCloud simply loses the Family sharing benefits, including shared apps, photos, etc. But the data doesn't get deleted, it remains unless you actually delete to make room. This way, if you rejoin the family it simply makes the data visible again. The data does remain visible on the iCloud account of whoever set up the Family share in the first place, btw.


For everyone else that might be looking - I just got off "chat" with Apple support and they confirmed that this WILL NOT delete any files - they will be copied to the new shared storage.

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    Be sure to accept the answer that's correct - you can edit another post if you wanted to add the Apple advice or you could select this as the answer too.
    – bmike
    Oct 26, 2017 at 16:35

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