Google has just launched the Google Play Family Library for Android smartphones and tablets. The service lets up to six family members share purchased Google Play content, working in a similar way to the Apple Family Share Plan, which launched back in 2014.
Google has already launched its Google Play Music Family Plan back in December 2016 and the new Google Play Family Library is a similar service, but with one big difference.
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Unlike the Google Play Music Family Plan, which is a music streaming subscription that costs £9.99 per month, the Google Play Family Library is free to sign up for and payment is only required when purchasing individual pieces of content.
The service works on Android smartphones and tablets, with Chromebooks soon being able to access the service as well. When a family member purchases apps & games, movies & TV or books, the whole family can also access the content.
The content is paid for using a credit card set up on Google Play and it is possible for the family manager to hide books and movies from other family members. The family manager can also see what family members have purchased.
On Google Play, family-friendly content is highlighted with a green family star. To further safeguard younger family members, it is possible for the family manager to turn on parental control. This will block downloads or the purchase of mature content, and the family manager can set different levels of control, by device or by the type of content.
The family manager needs to be 18 years old or over in order to set up Google Play Family Library. A Google account is needed that isn’t an account for work or school.
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The family manager should go to the menu in Google Play and select Subscribe, followed by Family, Set up family, Get started and Continue. From here an existing credit card set up for Google Play can be selected or a new credit card can be added.
Once the family manager has registered, they can simply invite trusted family members, who must be 13 years old or over.
Written by: Michael Brown