Home Sharing allowed you to share apps and media with your family and friends by having an Apple ID that contained purchases to be used on up to five computers and an unlimited number of iOS devices. For your family and friends to make a purchases with that Apple ID, they either know the password to that Apple ID which means you are giving them access to your passwords, credit card information and documents otherwise they need to have access to the account holder every time they want to purchase an app or music.
Now with iOS 8 there is Family sharing it does not require sharing an Apple ID. Instead your family and friends each having their own Apple ID with the same credit card and can download apps and iTunes. The members in the Home sharing still need to have their own Apple ID based in the same country. This is also good for parents to control their children’s purchases from their own device. You can also create a family calendar and share reminder list that anyone in the family can view and edit. It also creates a shared family photo album.
When you first open up the App store or iTunes on your device there is a pop up that asks if you want to set up Family sharing. If you do choose not now you can go to your settings and set it up under iCloud settings. Once you are there tap on set up Family sharing, and then tap get started.
If you set up the Family sharing then you will be the family organizer and in control of who sends the invitations to the members of who you want to be able to access these features. By designating yourself as the family organizer you are agreeing to pay for the iTunes, iBooks and app store purchases the members make. Family sharing also allows you to add a photo of yourself. You then will be given the option to share your purchases that allows the other members in your family to view and download them.
You can share your location with your members of family sharing. Your location would be shared when using Messages, Find my Friends and Find my iphone. This can always be setup later under your iCloud settings. When you invite members to your family sharing they will receive an email from Apple stating that you have invited them to Family Sharing. Your family member does have to be using iOS 8 in order to accept the invitation.
With Family Sharing you can easily automatically share the location with the rest of your family using Find my Friends or in the Messages app. This could benefit in case you happen to be running late to an event or check up on a member’s location. If you do not want to share your location you are able to disable sharing you location you just need to switch it off in the settings under icloud. Family sharing automatically creates a family calendar and a family reminders list in everyone’s icloud. It is set up so that way every can view the calendar. The members would receive notifications when something changes or when something is added. The family organizer (admin) can decide whether or not everyone in the family can add things, or make changes to the calendar. The same thing goes for the reminders app. Another thing that is setup with Family sharing is a shared album, which allows the members to add pictures and videos.
Family Sharing is designed to make sharing content with member easier but also safer for young families.