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Google Play Family Library for sharing apps and movies now available

by Brandon Russell | July 27, 2016July 27, 2016 6:00 pm PDT

It’s one of those “finally” moments, but Google Play’s Family Library feature is now available. Announced earlier this month, sharing allows up to six people to share content—games, movies, books, TV shows—purchased through Google Play. Family Library is similar to a feature Apple has offered through iTunes for a few years although Google goes a step further by offering more granular controls.

While Family Plan can be used with a main account holder’s credit card, the feature also allows individual users to purchase items with their own credit card, which means the main card on file won’t get pummeled by in-app purchases; if only one card is on file, the account holder can require approval for purchases. In addition, users can stipulate what content gets shared, so Little Tyrone doesn’t have access to Deadpool.

What’s nice about Google’s implementation of sharing is that content can be enjoyed on any device, including on iOS and the web. Google Play Family Library is now available in North America, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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