Google Play Family Library
, introduced by Google on July 27, 2016, allows the sharing of purchases from the Google Play store including most apps, books, music, movies, TV shows and more (but not "in-app" purchases). Although similar to iTunes Family Sharing
, Google Play Family Library
appears to allow for more slightly more control by developers, allowing them to opt-out of Family Sharing for any purchases prior to July 2nd, 2016.
A Google Play Family Library
can consist of up to 6 members, a "family manager" and up to 5 members; however it is important to note you can only switch groups once every twelve months so a little prior planning is suggested. If your family purchases paid content from the Google Play store, especially if the same content is being purchased by multiple family members, setting up a Google Play Family Library
might make sense.
I'm primarily an Apple iTunes user; however I do have Android devices as well, and family members that are Android users, so it was a fairly simple process to setup a Family Library just for those with Android devices so that we could share purchases. Although, I imagine a group of friends that frequently purchase paid Google Play content could setup a Sharing Club
similar to the club that I participate in with iTunes, if there were no family members to form a Family Library with.
Rather than "re-invent' the wheel so to speak, if you are interested in setting up a Google Play Family Library
I suggest checking out the informative article by Droid Life
that details the process in depth.