Apple Cash is a popular way to send money to friends and family using Apple's Messages app, and in iOS 14, you can now give your children allowances through the Family Sharing feature so they can make purchases, and send and receive money in Messages. You can even limit who your child can send money to, get notified when they make transactions, lock their account, and more.

apple cash family
Before you start using Apple Cash Family, there are a few requirements to be aware of. You need to be already using Family Sharing and have a family member included that's under 18. As the family organizer, you also need to use the same Apple ID to set up Family Sharing. In addition, family group members need to:

  • Own a compatible iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch with the latest version of iOS, iPadOS, or watchOS installed.
  • Sign in to iCloud using their ‌Apple ID‌.
  • Have two-factor authentication enabled for each ‌Apple ID‌.
  • Have their device region set to the United States.

How to Set Up Apple Cash Family

  1. On the family organizer's ‌iPhone‌, launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap your ‌Apple ID‌ name banner at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Family Sharing.
  4. Swipe down and select Apple Cash.
  5. Select a child in your family.
  6. Tap Set up Apple Cash and follow the prompts to set up Apple Cash Family. You may need to verify your identity.

How to View and Manage Apple Cash Family Transactions

  1. On the family organizer's ‌iPhone‌, open the Wallet app.
  2. Tap the ellipsis (three dots) icon in the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. Swipe down and select a child.

From here you can check the child's Apple Cash balance, send them money, lock their Apple Cash account, view transactions, and set up transaction alerts. Note that if your child becomes 18 years old and they take ownership of their Apple Cash account, you won't be able to view their Apple Cash activity.

Popular Stories

Apple WWDC24 Apple Intelligence hero 240610

Apple Explains iPhone 15 Pro Requirement for Apple Intelligence

Wednesday June 19, 2024 4:48 am PDT by
With iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia, Apple is introducing a new personalized AI experience called Apple Intelligence that uses on-device, generative large-language models to enhance the user experience across iPhone, iPad, and Mac. These new AI features require Apple's latest iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models to work, while only Macs and iPads with M1 or later chips will...
Apple Intelligence General Feature

Apple Intelligence Features Not Coming to European Union at Launch Due to DMA

Friday June 21, 2024 9:44 am PDT by
Apple today said that European customers will not get access to the Apple Intelligence, iPhone Mirroring, and SharePlay Screen Sharing features that are coming to the iPhone, iPad, and Mac this September due to regulatory issues related to the Digital Markets Act. In a statement to Financial Times, Apple said that there will be a delay as it works to figure out how to make the new...
iPhone 16 Pro Max Generic Feature 2

5 Biggest Changes Rumored for iPhone 16 Pro Max

Wednesday June 19, 2024 5:00 am PDT by
Given Apple's rumored plan to add an all-new high-end tier to its iPhone 17 series in 2025, this could be the year for Apple to bring its boldest "Pro Max" model to the table — the kind of iPhone 16 upgrade that stands tall above its siblings, both figuratively and literally. If you have been holding out for the iPhone 16 Pro Max, here are five of the biggest changes rumored to be coming...
Apple Vision Pro 2 Feature 2

Apple Reportedly Suspends Work on Vision Pro 2

Tuesday June 18, 2024 8:17 am PDT by
Apple has suspended work on the second-generation Vision Pro headset to singularly focus on a cheaper model, The Information reports. Apple was widely believed to have plans to divide its Vision product line into two models, with one "Pro" model and one lower-cost standard model. The company is said to have been deprioritizing the next Vision Pro headset over the past year, gradually...
back to school 2024

Apple's 2024 Back to School Sale Launches, Up to $150 Gift Card With Mac or iPad

Thursday June 20, 2024 4:29 am PDT by
Apple has launched its annual Back to School promotion for college students in the United States. This year's promotion offers a free Apple gift card with the purchase of an eligible Mac or iPad. Apple is also offering students 20% off AppleCare+ plans. Apple is offering a $150 gift card with any new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or iMac, and a $100 gift card with the purchase of any new M4 iPad ...
iOS 17

Apple Releases First Public Beta of iOS 17.6

Thursday June 20, 2024 10:18 am PDT by
Apple today seeded the first betas of upcoming iOS 17.6 and iPadOS 17.6 updates to public beta testers, with the betas coming a few days after the initial iOS and iPadOS 17.6 developer betas. Public beta testers can get the beta by opening up the Settings app, going to the Software Update section, tapping on the "Beta Updates" option, and toggling on the iOS 17 or iPadOS 17 Public Beta....