Apple Card Says Unavailable for Sharing, How to Fix

You can share your Apple Card with your friends and family members. Several users have said that they are unable to add people to their Apple Card account. Users have said that they get an error message saying “unavailable for sharing” when trying to invite someone to join the Family Sharing group or to invite an account co-owner or a participant. Some users have further said the Family Sharing settings (people’s names) are grayed out and thus participants or co-owners cannot be added. It further appears that this error message may appear both on the inviter’s (the account owner) or the invitee’s device. This means that your family member or trusted friend may not accept your Apple Card invitation because of this error.

It is important to mention that you do not need to have a familial connection with your participants and co-owners.

Apple Card Family

This article explains how you can fix this Apple Card invitation error. These steps can help.

Review these steps first

  • Please ensure that you have the latest version of iOS on your iPhone. You can update your iPhone wirelessly by going to Settings > General > Software Update.
  • Go to Settings > General > Language & Region and ensure that your region is set to the USA. Furthermore, participants and co-owners regions are also set to the United States.
  • You can only add 5 people to your Apple Card. If you are trying to add the 6th person, you will not be able to do so.
  • Participants must be 13 years and older and co-owners must be 18 years and older. If required, the birth date associated with your Apple ID can be updated:
    • Use the Apple ID account page: Visit the account page (, sign in, find the Account section and click the Edit button.
    • Use your iPhone or iPad: Go to Settings > [Your Name] > Name, Phone Numbers, Email > Change Birthday or Birthday.
  • You can use your iPhone or iPad to add people. Ensure that your device (as the account owner) and the participant’s devices are compatible with Apple Pay.
  • Please ensure that there isn’t an Apple Card outage. You can check this by going to the Apple System Status website (link).

Troubleshooting steps

If you are still having this problem, please try these steps:

  • Restart your device and then try again.
  • If you are using a VPN, turn off the VPN and then try again.
  • Reset all settings. You may want to do this if you are still having this problem. This will not erase everything. You will keep all of your data. However, you may want to do this, if you want to return the settings to defaults. You can do so by going to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings.
  • Check the date and time settings on your device. Tap Settings > General > Date & Time. Ensure that the date and time are correct. You may also want to turn on Set Automatically.

Contact Apple Card Support

This is simple here is how:

  • Open the Wallet app.
  • Open your card.
  • Tap the More (…) button.
  • Then tap Message or Call.
Apple Card Support

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Dr. Serhat Kurt worked as a Senior Technology Director. He holds a doctoral degree (or doctorate) from the University of Illinois at Urbana / Champaign and a master’s degree from Purdue University. Here is his LinkedIn profile.

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