Google’s Officially Rolling Out Play Family Library to Users After Prior Announcement


Google has officially begun rolling out their new Play Family Library feature to users across the globe. As discovered to begin becoming available for users a couple of weeks ago, it’s now been made official that this special program people can sign up for will begin rolling out over the next few days.

As we previously stated in a prior article,

If you’ve ever heard of Apple’s iCloud Family Library, you’ll realize that the Google Play Family Library is very similar. When Apple released their family sharing platform in 2014, lots of users appreciated it since they wouldn’t have to purchase the same content any more on a bunch of different accounts. So after a year of likely developing and getting together, Google finally began testing their version of the Family Library back in December 2015 internally while they launched a family plan on Google Play Music for the public to use. For $14.99/month, users can subscribe to the music streaming service and add up to 5 other users to their account. Any they’re doing the same thing here, just for other media like books, movies, and games.

One account holder will be the organizer of the shared Family Library. This organizer must have a credit card linked to their account beforehand as that’s where everyone will be purchasing their content from. In addition, 5 other people will have access to all the media and content you’ve already purchased and will purchase via any connected account in your Family Library. The best part? This entire platform is totally free to use.

It’s worth noting that the organizer who will be the head of your Family Library must be 18 or older, so don’t expect Little Tommy to take control any time soon.

Google also released a full video demonstrating their new Play Family Library which you can watch below.

Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States will be the countries where Google will be rolling out Play Family Library. You can check to see if you have access to Play Family Library by clicking here.

You can read Google’s full blog post on their latest edition to their family of Play services below.

Google Play Family Library: Share what you love with the ones you love

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
(Cross-posted on the Google Blog)

Friday night is movie night at our home, and my wife and I look forward to our weekly ritual of putting the kids to bed, getting some takeout, and catching up on our movie wishlist. Whether it’s making the BLUE STEEL face from Zoolander, swapping tips on playing Monument Valley, or reading Dragons Love Tacos to the kids at bedtime, these shared moments bring us closer together.

For families like mine, who bond over shared entertainment, we’re introducing Family Library, a way for up to six family members to share purchases on Google Play. When you buy an eligible app, game, movie, TV show, or book in the Play Store, you can now share it with your family—across devices—with no additional sign-up fee.

Share across your family’s devices

Today’s families have a lot of devices, and it should be easy to share content no matter where we are or what we’re doing. Everyone in my family loves the Star Wars movies and we all want to be able to watch them, on our phones, tablets, laptops, or TV. All purchases added to Family Library are available across Android devices, and movies, TV shows, and books can be enjoyed on iOS devices and the web.

Easily manage sharing and family purchases

As with most family matters, flexibility and choice is important. With Family Library, you can choose which items you want to share and which to keep to yourself—for example, I’ll probably keep my collection of comic books in my personal library. Flexibility is also built into your purchasing options. When you sign up, you’ll select a credit card to share as your family payment method, but your family members will always have the option of buying stuff with their personal credit cards or gift cards. And for your younger family members, you’ll have the option to approve each of their purchases.

Share a Music subscription with your family

Finally, if your family loves music, you can also subscribe to the Google Play Music family plan. On this plan, up to six family members can stream millions of songs on demand for $14.99 a month. We launched the family plan late last year, and today we’re expanding it to Ireland, Italy, Mexico, and New Zealand. And you can now sign up on the web, in addition to your Android device.

Starting today, Family Library will be rolling out over the next few days and will be available in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. To get started, sign up in Google Play, invite your family members, and start sharing what you love!

Source: Official Android Blog

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