How to set up and share Apple Fitness+ with multiple users in your Family

Set up and use Apple Fitness+ with multiple users

Apple’s new studio-style Fitness+ service is out!

The $9.99/month (or $79.99/year) Fitness+ subscription is now ready for you to check out.

And best of all, you can share one subscription in your family since it allows up to five other family members to use it.

Plus, if you bought a new Apple Watch recently, you should be able to take advantage of the three months free trial and check out this exciting service offering from Apple. 

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Basic Requirements for Apple Fitness+

Before you get started, here are some essential pointers to make a note of.

First, you are required to have an Apple Watch running watchOS 7.2+ to access this service.

Therefore, you must update your iPhone to iOS 14.3+ and your Apple Watch to iOS watchOS 7.2+ before getting started. 

If you plan on using your iPad or Apple TV to follow along with the streaming videos, you should update these devices to the latest Apple operating system as well.

Apple Watch and Apple ID

Your Apple Watch plays a central role in the Fitness+ ecosystem.

The Apple Fitness+ experience automatically integrates your Apple Watch metrics and displays them on your iPhone / iPad / Apple TV as you are working out. closing activity rings in Apple Fitness+

These metrics, such as your activity rings, heart rate, calories burned, the total time for the exercises, and more, are tied directly to your Apple ID.

Members of your family must have their own Apple IDs allowing them to use the Fitness+ program.

The system automatically differentiates people based on the Apple ID and keeps track of metrics separately for your family’s various members trying out the fitness+ subscription.

Not in an Apple family plan?

If you aren’t part of a family sharing plan yet, the first step is to join one or create one.

One adult in your family — the organizer — invites all the other members to join and sets up accounts for everyone to join. set up family sharing with Apple Fitness+

The organizer also specifies an adult, child, parent, and who can make or not make purchases.

Once family members join, Family Sharing is set up on everyone’s devices automatically.

Once you establish this family, multiple users (up to 6 total) can share the Apple Fitness+ program.

How to set up Apple Fitness+ for multiple users in your family

If you updated recently to the Apple One Premier plan ($29.95 a month for five members of your family), you are all set up to start using the Fitness+ service since Apple included Fitness+ as an offering in this service bundle.

When signed up for Apple One regular or another Apple Family Plan, Fitness+ is not a part of the bundle. It is only available as a part of the Apple one Premier plan.

If you are still on the old plan and just signed up exclusively to use the Fitness+ plan of $9.99 / month or $79.99/year, then once a single member joins Fitness+, all family members can access it via that Family sharing plan.

Share Apple Fitness+ with your family!

In that case, all a family member with purchasing power needs to do is sign up for Apple Fitness+ by tapping the option to Try it Free.start an Apple fitness+ subscription for your family

Then, the family member (again, with purchasing power) decides to sign up for a monthly plan or a yearly plan. Apple Fitness+ plans by cost

Finally, verify that Purchase Sharing is enabled to be accessible by multiple users in your family group. share purchases with family for Apple Family Sharing

If you are new to the concept of Family sharing, follow along the step-by-step guide below to set up and use Fitness+.

Set up a new Family Sharing plan for Apple Fitness+

Assuming you are the organizer for this Family fitness+ service, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings app on your iPhone 
  2. Tap on your name at the top of the screen
  3. Scroll down and choose ‘Family Sharing
  4. Next, tap on Set up your Family
  5. Tap on ‘Add Member’ or “Add Child” (for designated parents/guardians) add member or child to Apple's family sharing plan
  6. Invite other family members using their unique Apple IDs
    1. DO NOT share Apple IDs
  7. Once they accept your invitation, you can check the status of the invite by going to Settings > Your name > Family Sharing > tap on the family member’s name
  8. Here you can resend them the invite if they have not yet joined
  9. Enable purchase sharing on your account
  10. Then sign up for Apple Fitness+

Does a family member not have an iPhone or iPad?

If you are setting up a new Apple Watch for a family member who doesn’t have the iPhone, you can use the ‘Family Setup’ process to add them in. 

Once you set up the Family Plan as an organizer, signed up for the Apple Fitness+ plan, and enabled purchase sharing on your account, other family members can access Fitness+  from their own devices using their own Apple IDs.

Join your Fitness+ family sharing and test it out!

As a member of a family plan, once you accept the invitation to join the family group, verify your access to subscriptions

  1. Open the Settings app on their iPhone and click on the name
  2. Tap on Family Sharing
  3. Scroll down to the section ‘SHARED WITH YOUR FAMILYall the subscriptions shared with family in Apple family sharing
  4. Locate Fitness+ and tap on it
  5. Verify your name or Apple ID under ‘SHARED WITHApple Fitness+ shared family subscription
  6. If you don’t have access to Fitness+, ask the family organizer or parent to grant access to that subscription

How do family members access Fitness+?

Once a family member subscribes to Fitness+ and grants access to other family members, just open the Fitness app and look for the new Fitness+ tab at the bottom. Apple Fitness+ tab

Then, explore all the Fitness+ workouts and even download workouts to your devices for offline viewing. workouts in Apple Fitness+

Can multiple users use Fitness+ at the same time?

Yes. That’s the advantage of the family sharing plan.

Since each user is uniquely identified via their Apple ID, they can use the Fitness+ service simultaneously using their own devices.

Family member Apple Watch not recognized for Fitness+ on Apple TV

As an organizer for the family plan with Fitness Plus, I didn’t get the pairing cancelled message and was able to connect my Apple Watch with my Apple TV and launch Fitness+ with ease.

However, after adding family members to Fitness+, it appeared that they were having challenges in launching Fitness+.

For some reason, their Apple watch never shows up on the Apple TV prompt when Fitness+ is launched.

When clicking to add a watch, it prompts that the action must be confirmed on their Apple Watch but the prompt never appears on their watch.

What eventually worked is to make sure that they hold their Apple Watch close to the Apple TV box. When the Apple Watch is in close proximity of the Apple TV, you will see a screen requesting to connect along with the PIN.

No amount of resetting the devices or sign-out and sign-in of iCloud account on the devices helped. 

The only way was to bring the Apple Watch close to the Apple TV.

Summary

We hope you could quickly set up and share the exciting Apple Fitness+ plan with multiple users in your household.

We will be updating this article with additional details as we start testing out this new Apple service.

Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.

I am a technologist with years of experience with Apple and wearOS products and have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. In my day job, I advise fortune 500 companies with their digital transformation strategies and also consult with numerous digital health startups in an advisory capacity. I'm VERY interested in exploring the digital health&fitness-tech evolution and keep a close eye on patents, FDA approvals, strategic partnerships and developments happening in the wearables and digital health sector. When I'm not writing or presenting, I run with my Apple Watch or Fossil Gen 5 LTE and keep a close eye on my HRV and other recovery metrics.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Can a child of a family play purchase this on their own and share with the family. Or do I need to get the organizer to sign up?

    • Hi Francesca,

      You don’t need the family organizer to sign up for Apple Fitness+–anyone with purchasing power can sign up and then share that subscription with all family members (up to 5 others for a total of 6 people.)

  2. Hi there,
    The 3 of us in my family all have Apple watches and iPhones. But only 1 of us has an iPad. Is it possible to do family sharing with the iPad (logged on with my son’s Apple ID)? Or is buying an Apple TV the only option for us? Thanks much.

    • Hi Ben,

      Good question. I believe you could all use the iPad but you would need to change the Apple ID for the Apple Fitness+ account each time someone different used it. So it’s definitely not ideal.

      Right now, there is no way to change the Apple ID within the Fitness app on iPad–instead, you need to change the Apple ID associated with the App Store. We expect this to change in the future to allow more flexibility–but that feature is TBD.

    • Hi Irwin,

      Yes and no.

      The YES

      A family member that is part of a family sharing plan where one member subscribes to Apple Fitness+ can watch Apple Fitness+ videos and other content on their iPhone (or another Apple device they own, i.e. iPad or Apple TV.

      The NO

      However, without an Apple Watch, they will not get any personalized metrics and no data will sync to the Health app or show up in their Activity Rings.

  3. Both my wife and I have a new Apple Watch, iPhones, and iPads (all updated to the latest IOS).

    I have a Family Sharing set up with her as an adult member, and I can see on my iPhone where my Apple Fitness+ subscription is shared with her.

    But she can’t fully access Apple Fitness+ on her devices, she is being asked to Try It by starting her own monthly subscription.

      • Ron did it all of a sudden start working? We have had the same issue with my daughter but hers isn’t going away. Keeps asking her to subscribe on her app. But shows under family sharing she has access on my side.

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