So, my wife has been using her iPad for a while, I have been using it for a while. Now, we added both of us to a family account (with me being organizer). And, while I purchased an app which my wife had already purchased (before we set up the sharing), my assumption was that I wouldn't pay for it. But to my surprise, my card got charged. Is this the expected behavior?

  • Have you made sure the app is eligible for Family Sharing? Also, you wife had to accept the invitation to join the Family, it's not automatic.
    – fsb
    Aug 31, 2019 at 21:16
  • Yes to both. But when I open my App Store Account > Family Sharing, it doesn't show my wife in that (Family purchases section) While when I do the same on my wife's device it shows my account in (Family purchases) section
    – Codevalley
    Aug 31, 2019 at 21:28
  • In fact as an organizer, I am not able to see anyone else's purchases. While each member can see theirs+organizer's.
    – Codevalley
    Aug 31, 2019 at 21:33
  • Do you have more than one Apple ID yourself? I have 2 & it took me ages to figure out which one I had to invite myself to, to get it all to work.
    – Tetsujin
    Sep 1, 2019 at 6:40
  • Can you add a screenshot of your Family Sharing screen?
    – fsb
    Sep 1, 2019 at 20:55

1 Answer 1


It sounds like you went into the App Store > Searched for the App > Installed. Rather, with Family Sharing, you would want to navigate to the App Store > Tap your icon in the upper right corner > Purchased > from here you should see each member of the Family. Tap into one of them to view their purchases & ultimately download free of charge. When it is being downloaded free of charge you will see the iCloud icon with an arrow pointing down.

Hope that helps!

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