Google's new Family Library service makes it easier to teach your family to how share, as it gives family members access to Google Play purchases.

With Family Library, eligible apps, movies, TV shows, games, and books purchased through the Google Play store are available to as many as six family members (ages 13 years and older) across their devices. Those with iOS devices or on the Web can watch movies and shows and read books.


You can automatically add purchases to the plan or add them yourself after you buy. You designate a shared credit card for the family, and through parental controls you can approve or decline your kid's items, as well as restrict content.

To take part, open the Google Play app, tap the navigation hamburger icon, tap Account and then Family, and then tap Sign Up for Family Library and follow the instructions.

Google says the free service is rolling out in stages in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and it may take a few days to become available.

However, Google Play Music is not part of the Google Play family plan. A separate music subscription lets you share music with as many as six family members for $14.99 per month.

Clifford Colby follows the Mac and Android markets for He's been an editor at Peachpit Press and a handful of now-dead computer magazines, including MacWeek, MacUser, and Corporate Computing.