Due to hardware limitations, Apple’s iPhone 4 is limited to the iOS 7.1.2. If you own one of these you most likely have noticed that there is some iCloud, AppStore and other iOS limitations due to the lack of software updates. One of the functions that is not available is the Family Sharing set up wizard. It means that even thought someone on your family owns a newer iPhone’s model, and they send you a Family Sharing invitation, you won’t get that invitation on your iPhone 4. Trying to accept the invitation by e-mail doesn’t work either, as it asks you to accept the invitation on a updated device.
But there is a workaround for this, and it’s very easy if you have the required tools: you will need another iOS device updated to at least iOS 8 (iphone or ipad) or a updated mac os device (not tested, but follows the same logic).
- First grab the newer iphone or ipad (I used an iPad) that is updated to at least iOS 8 (preferably a device that do not contain important information, such as contacts, calendars, etc.), and check if they are syncing contacts, calendars and other stuff. If they don’t, you should enable for satefy (and wait it to complete the sync).
- After checking if the sync is enabled (for backup purposes), logout from the iCloud account (choose carefully the answers that show up) on the newer device and select to not keep the icloud data on the phone (**choose this only if you are sure that your phone is syncing contacts, calendars, notes and all other stuff with icloud).
- Log in using the iCloud account used on the old iPhone 4, accept all the EULA and other stuff, then go to Family Sharing and accept the previously sent invitation to join the Family Sharing group.
- Now logout your iCloud account from the other device (and remember to log in the old one).
Even though the old iPhone 4 doesn’t support the Family Sharing (and it won’t show up on it’s iCloud setting screen), your other family members will be able to track your iPhone 4 location.
This is a nice workaround to a family tracking set up on the old iPhone 4, as it won’t be able to run most of the family tracking apps – like Life 360 – as it requires iOS 8 at least.