Announced on July 27, Google Play Family Library lets users share content purchased in Google Play with others. Similar to the Family Plan sharing in Google Play Music, it allows for one person to share books, movies, apps, and other stuff with up to five other family members.

Before heading out to set up your own shared account, you’ll want to read up on the features. Indeed, there are a few things you’ll need to know about it prior to starting up. For starters, Google Play Family Library is only available in select countries at launch. Read on for 11 more things to know about the option to share purchases.


Account Managers

  • You must be 18 or older (20 in Japan) in order to manage a family group
  • Account managers must have a valid credit card on file to share with family members
  • Account managers cannot be part of any other family accounts
  • You cannot set up a family using a Google for Work or Google for Education account
  • Account managers can approve each purchase made by 13 – 17 year olds

Family Members

  • Family members must be 13 years or older
  • Family members cannot be part of any other family accounts
  • You can only change family groups once every 12 months
  • You can’t share in-app purchases
  • Family members must live in the same country as account manager
  • Apps or games purchased after July 2, 2016 are eligible to be added to Family Library

Now that you’ve got all of the main details out of the way, it’s time to get started. To create your Family Library, head to

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  1. It is important to note that currently, it is not possible to leave a family setup properly, once you created one. You can delete the group on the play settings, but the payment settings don’t seem to notice that and as a consequence, the country of residence becomes locked and it is no longer possible to change the play store country (which is tied to the payment country).

    I’ve placed a request with Google support around this topic and talked to an agent, but they were unable to resolve this and are a bit lost themselves.

    So go ahead, if you never intend to change your play store country / country of residence / billing country. But don’t join or setup a family library if you’re a country hopper.

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