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Google Play's Family Library Lets You Share Apps With Up to 5 People

Google Play's Family Library Lets You Share Apps With Up to 5 People
  • The feature does not allow sharing of music
  • One parent member will make all the purchases
  • All members have to be in the same country

Google has finally brought Family Library to Android apps. The feature now allows users to share purchased apps from Google Play with up to six family members.

The new Family Library feature will still not allow users to share music, with Google wanting users to pay $14.99 per month for Play Music All Access, but all other purchases in the Google Play ecosystem are now up for sharing. These include apps, games, movies, TV shows, and books.

There will be one parent member, who will make all the purchases, and then rope in five more people to share that purchased content with. The parent member can choose which users get access to which apps, and which don't. This will eradicate multiple purchases within the same family, and also remove the need to give your kids your phone to play purchased games.

Since May, Google has been sending emails to developers that this feature would be made default to all apps from July 2. Google encouraged app makers to voluntary enable Family Sharing for past purchases before the deadline, after which it warned that the Family Library feature will be introduced as a default feature.

Through this feature, purchases can be made only through one registered credit card, and that has to belong to the parent (aka manager) who is responsible for sharing the purchases with other members. This feature has been rolled out for Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the UK, and the US users only for now. All members within a family group have to belong to a same country, and members can be a part of only one family group at a time.


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Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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