Google begins rolling out Family Library, a new way to share your Google Play purchases with family

Google has announced that its Family Library feature will now begin its rollout. The feature will allow families to share their apps, media and more between accounts without having to pay multiple times. Up to six family members will be able to share purchases from Google Play, like movies, TV shows, books, apps, games and more, and there is no fee to use the service.

From Google's announcement:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Family Library will be rolling out over the next few days, and will initially be available in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. You can get started by signing up now. Keep in mind the service isn't available for everyone just yet, so the sign up process may not work for you right now.

Jared DiPane
Jared started off writing about mobile phones back when BlackBerry ruled the market, and Windows Mobile was kinda cool. Now, with a family, mortgage and other responsibilities he has no choice but to look for the best deals, and he's here to share them with you.