The much-awaited family library feature is launched by Google, that lets you share the purchased apps with up to 6 family members. In case you forgot, last December the company announced a family plan for its music streaming service, and now the new family library feature will let users share the purchased apps. However, note that it will not allow sharing of music. It looks like the company wants users to pay the $14.99 per month to keep it’s Google Play services up and running. But yes, apart from this, all the other apps can be shared with the new family library.
So basically how this will work is, there will be one parent member, who can purchase all the apps, etc. and the member can rope in five other members. These five members can share the purchased apps by the parent member, without any issues. The parent member can choose which users get access to which apps, and which don’t. This feature will eliminate any need for purchasing the same apps within the family, which all of the members will be using. Through this feature, purchases can be made only through one registered credit card, and that has to belong to the parent, who is responsible for sharing the purchases with other members.
The company has been sending emails to all the developers since May, stating this feature will be available starting July 2nd. Google encouraged app makers to enable Family Sharing voluntary for past purchases before the deadline, after which it warned that the Family Library feature would be introduced as a default feature.
The family library feature has been rolled out in select countries for now, which includes Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the UK, and the US. But we are sure that it will be rolling out to other parts of the world soon. In order to use this feature, all the family member should belong to the same country which could be an issue and of course members can be a part of only one family at a given time. Stay tuned for more information on this.