Super Mario Run: no Family Sharing, but there’s a work-around

Launched in September 2014, Family Sharing is a feature that allows up to six people in your family to share each other’s iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases without sharing accounts. Unfortunately, Super Mario Run does not work with it, and there’s a “good” reason for that: the full game is bought via an IAP (In-App Purchase), and Family Sharing does not apply to IAP.

But as pointed out by Gabe3208 on NeoGAF, there’s actually a work-around to this… you can use the good old-fashioned account sharing. Basically, you log-in with your account on the second device where you want Super Mario Run, try to buy the full game again, and voilà.

Here’s what you have to do:

1. First, purchase the game on your device.
2. Then on the iPhone/iPad you want to share the in-app purchase with, go to settings and log out of the app store.
3. Log back into the App Store with the same account that made the in-app purchase. SUPER IMPORTANT: If you don’t do this, you will be charged again.
3. Open the Super Mario Run app, and try to purchase the game again. You will get a pop-up asking if you’re sure you want to buy, hit yes, and then another pop-up will appear saying you can download again for free since you’ve already purchased it.

Naturally, this means you need to share your account credentials, so you cannot really do this with just anyone… better to save it for family members and/or very close friends. Also, keep in mind that with this work-around, if the person on the second device deletes Super Mario Run, you will have to follow the steps above to restore the game on your own device. Again, this is not a workaround you should use with just anyone!

Thanks Gabe3208 for the tip!

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