The Google Play Family Library feature, which was earlier announced to be launched on July 2, is finally going live in twelve countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the UK and the US), with other countries likely to follow soon. The Google Play Family Library is a free platform that will allow up to six Android users to share files that they have purchased across accounts, without having to pay for additional copies of the same.
However, the list of eligible items that can be shared is presently restricted to apps, games, movies or television shows and books. This list too comes with a set of regulations. For example, the book sharing feature is presently unavailable in certain countries, including Germany, Italy, Japan, and Mexico. Also, apps and games purchased before July 2 may not always be shareable, while those purchased on or after July 2 will automatically be eligible for sharing if other terms are fulfilled. But there is no provision of sharing in-app purchases among users. However, while the sharing of apps and games is exclusive to Android users, members with iOS devices will have access to movies, television shows and books.
In order to set up a Family Library account, users will simply need to open the Google Play Store app. If the feature is live for them, all they have to do is follow the steps to get started with sharing. They will also need to set up a Family group (to which they will be able to add people by sending out invites), as well as select their preferred payment methods which everyone can use to make payments. However, members can also use their own payment methods like credit cards and gift cards to make a purchase as per their convenience.
The member who has created the group will have the option to be able to decide which item to share with whom. There is also a setting that, if activated, will require some users to gain approval from the administrator of the group in order to make a purchase.
The Family Library feature does not feature music sharing which can only be accessed by availing the Google Play Music family plan, through which up to six people can share unlimited music by paying a monthly fee of $14.99.