Google officially announced last week that it had ‘Family Library’ a program that allows up to six family members to share their purchases from Google Play across devices. This includes the ability to share movies, TV shows, books, apps and games across Android phones and tablets, and, in some cases, across the web, iOS, and other connected TV platforms like Roku, Android TV, Smart TVs and more. Music can be streamed by up to six family members via the separate Google Play Music’s family plan for $14.99 per month.
To get started with Family Library, users will access a new setting in the Play Store where they will configure one person as the ‘Family Manager’ and add the other members. The Family Manager will be an adult in the family who is responsible for adding and removing members, and they will also enter in the payment information where family purchases will be charged.
By default, members’ purchases will be shared with everyone, but there is the option to selectively share items, too. Family Library also respects the Parental Control settings you have configured on children’s devices, so they will not immediately have access to your R-rated films, for example. Parents can also approve purchases requested by younger family members by typing the password on their kids’ devices.
While there is a credit card that will be shared as the family payment method, members will always be able to buy items with their own payment methods, including gift cards and Google Wallet, too. The service was rumored to have been launched in early July, but Google confirmed the official rollout only last week. Over the next few days, the service will become available in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the U.K., and the U.S