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Google Play Family Library lets you share movies, books, apps and more

July 12th, 2016 at 9:00 PM
Google Play Family Library

If you’re a member of an Android family, your life just got a whole lot easier. After unveiling the Family Library earlier this summer, Google officially launched the feature this week, allowing up to six family members to share a single Google account, including any movies, shows, books, apps or games on that account.

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Unlike the Google Play Music family plan, which requires a $14.99 monthly subscription fee, the Family Library will be free for all Android users. Once you open up a family account, you can invite family members from the Family section of the Account menu in the Google Play app.

Although Family Libraries are free of charge, you will need to have a primary method of payment on the account in order for others to have access to the account. Thankfully, the family manager can control which apps, movies and shows are being shared, as well as require approval for any purchases by underaged members (13-17) of the family group. The manager will also receive receipts for every transaction made, in order to help keep track purchases.

It’s worth noting that Apple has allowed iPhone and iPad users to share their content for years with iCloud Family Sharing, but it appears that Google has finally caught up on that front.

UPDATE: It appears we were mistaken. Although Family Library is still in the works, Google does not plan to launch it this week, nor does it have a release date scheduled. We’ll be sure to provide another update when we receive one.

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.




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