Customers can invite family or friends to build a cart together.

Set up a family cart 

Before you start shopping, create a family account. 


  1. Log in to your Instacart account.
  2. Tap Account at the bottom right corner.
  3. Go to Manage Family Account under Shop Preferences.
  4. Enter the additional member’s contact information and tap Send invite.

On the website—

  1. Click the 3 horizontal lines in the upper left corner.
  2. Click Start a family account
  3. Enter the additional member’s contact information and click Send invite.

Join a family cart

Got an email or text invite to join a family cart? Select Accept invite, log in to your Instacart account or create an account, and start shopping the family cart.

Switch between a family cart and personal cart

  1. Select the cart icon in the bottom middle of the screen. 
  2. Select the gear icon in the top right corner of the cart screen.
  3. Choose Shop with family cart or Shop with personal cart.
  4. You can also go to Continue Shopping to see all carts, including a family cart.

Make sure you’re in a family cart to view the items a family member added. You can’t view each other's items from a personal cart.

You can each shop individually if you prefer. Items in a personal cart don’t add to a family cart.

Check out with a family cart 

Anyone with access to the family cart can check out and place the order using their account payment method. However, cart members can't split payment.

Everyone in the family cart gets a notification when someone checks out the order. Everyone gets order updates, but only the person who checked out the order can select replacements, edit the existing order, and chat with the shopper. 

NOTE: If you deactivate your Instacart+ account before completing a family cart order or switching to a personal cart, you lose all of the items in your family cart.