Android will soon let users share app purchases with family members

Family Library has been rumored for a while, but it is finally official. It allows for you to share your Google Play purchases with up to six family members starting on July 2nd. Here’s some things to keep in mind.

Developers:

By default, all paid apps and content bought after July 2nd through Google Play will be eligible for Family Sharing. For purchases made before that date, you have to decide whether or not families will be able to share your app. To do this, go to the Google Play Developer Console and follow these steps:

  1. Select an app.
  2. Select Pricing and Distribution.
  3. Click the check box that says “Family Library.”

Once you do so, submit your update and you’re good to go. Keep in mind, however, that once you change this, it cannot be changed again. Also, your app does not have to be “Designed for Families” to be part of Family Library.

Families:

While Family Library will cover all of your Google Play purchases from July 2nd onwards, content can only be displayed to so many people at once. For instance, video content can only be viewed by one person at a time. There is no word on the exact number on other content, but expect a limit.

One thing to be mindful of is that your developer has complete control over whether or not your app is available to your family. If you’d like a purchase to be supported, email the developer (which can be found at the bottom of an app entry in Google Play) and politely ask. If they do not want to, don’t freak out and give a terrible review. Yes, the developer wants to provide the best experience to you, but they work day and night to do this, which is why they are completely allowed to not want paid content shared for free among six people.

Conclusion

Family Library is a great step for security and for, well, families. No longer do people have to share their Google accounts with their whole family just for that one app or video. This change will come into effect on July 2nd.

  • Nanette

    This will be awesome! Can’t wait! Thanks for the info!

  • Angel

    This is exciting!

  • Tawny Villalobos

    Nice! Great information!