In June 2014, Apple introduced a new option (named Family Sharing) for the App Store and iTunes. It’s basically a sharing program that allows you to share information and services with family members. It’s not just Apple. Google also introduced the same feature on July 2nd 2016 after more than two years in apple. Google has named the function Google Family Library. The benefit of this feature in comparison the Apple’s Family sharing is that Google’s version lets you connect your services and content to Android phones, iOS devices, and the internet. This makes Google’s approach superior in this regard.
Another benefit is that this service of Google is completely free to use unlike apple’s family sharing, which costs 15 dollars for a month (for the amount of six family members) Google calls this feature Families, Google Family, and family Group. (Man choose the best name, do not confuse us.) In this post I will explain everything you need to learn about the Google Play family library. So, be sure to read the review thoroughly and find out about this wonderful method of sharing data with your loved ones. In the end, sharing is taking care.
What’s it? Google play library for families?
Google Play Family Library is an program that lets you give away multiple things such as the book, app television show, or even a movie among your loved ones. The plan lets up to six members of your family for each set (including yourself). A fantastic method to communicate digital content. I’ve mentioned it as a program, however it’s available for free. A lot of us have utilized or are using the basic Google play Library in which we create our own accounts and buy books, apps or show on TV, or even a movie we can watch our own satisfaction.
As I mentioned, the plan can only accommodate up to six family members, but there’s a further requirement in this plan. The condition that must be met is that within this six members of the family must have an administrator for the family. The family manager should be 18 years old or the age or more. The duty of the family member is to approve or refuse any purchases made by family members less than 17 years old. A final point, you are able to change your group at most once each year. Consider carefully before adding a few of your family members to your group (you have to choose five top/favorite members within the group)
If you’re an adult and children are part of your household be aware this option lets family members to add each download to all devices automatically, and you might not wish to share all or all of these content your kids. (like R-rated films and everything else). …) To keep this from happening you can turn off the automatic downloading to every device feature . This lets you go through your favourite films without worrying that your children may view something that they shouldn’t not.
This automatic adding feature is great when everyone within your circle is over 18 or have the same interests and it will also aid in keeping the watchful eye on your children’s online activities and monitor their Google accounts.Google Family Library
What is it that you can do and what you should not share?
The majority of apps, films books, calendars TV shows, games and apps can be shared via the library of your family. If you are not permitted to be shared, you will not be able to see the icon of the family library on the detail page of that item. (The family icon appears on each item’s details page, which allows you to be shared.) You are also not able to share any purchases that you made before July 2nd 2016, 2016. This feature doesn’t apply to music plans.
If you’d like to enjoy the music you love with your family, you can buy Google Play Music Plan. It’s $14.99 per month, and allows you and your family members listen to hundreds of music tracks. (Yes! Google Play Music family plan and Google Play Family Library are distinct things.) It also doesn’t allow you to share apps that are free or in-app purchases. Oh! The word “family” doesn’t necessarily be your family. you can include your friends, and anyone else you like (it is a Google-like family.) You can also upload audiobooks, YouTube TV, google play pass, the google one plan along with the YouTube Music plans.
What are the roles for family members who are part of the library?
The person who set up the group for family members on Google is known as”the family manager. The manager is able to assume the role of a parent or transfer it to someone else in addition. A family can only possess one supervisor. All rights and responsibilities of the group lie in the management that of the group’s manager. who is able to approve or disapprove of the decisions of others, and can remove or add anyone from the group. He can also remove the family group from existence, and remove services for the family (for instance YouTube Premium) plans, and even manage the children’s account. While other members of the group are referred to as family members. They are only participants in the group.
Even though the members have the ability to take part in any purchases made by their group members but they do not have any influence over the group, just like the manager. The family member must accept the invitation to join the group sent via the administrator or they will have only a limited access to the group.
What can one observe about another member of the family?
However, no one is able to access the exact data you have on your Google one account.It is similar to the WhatsApp group. If you join an WhatsApp group, other members will only be able to see your name, picture of your profile, the contents you share, and a an unchanging number. The family library group works similar, but rather than a phone phone number, your email address is displayed there.
Do not worry any of your personal data is not shared and is not visible to family members (you will not find the personal data on families.google.com/families too.) only the essential information is easily accessible! The phone’s file system Google services files, your phone’s files (for instance, files stored on Google drive) Contacts, all downloaded content downloaded from chrome or YouTube or any similar application, your notes and browsing history using any application.
(Don’t get confused, fine! Parents are still able to manage their apps, look up for the location, and check the time of activity on their children’s accounts.) If your family members have an account with Google One, you and they can view the exactly the shared storage utilized by members of the group.
Which countries’ does the family library feature is offered?
The feature on Google is currently made available to 38 nations: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom as well as Sweden, the United Kingdom and United States. The people from these nations can benefit from the feature for families. We hope that it will be soon accessible in a variety of countries. The source for the information comes from Android Police.
Some essential guidelines you need to know about the library for families
Here are some of the points to consider before you sign in:
- There is only one group at any one time.
- You can switch families after 12 months.
- It’s a common thing for everyone to have a Google account in order to join the family group.
- The paid apps that you come across is permitted to be part of the group. ( If you bought it prior to 2016 also)
- You cannot sell any app purchases within the group.
- The minimum age for an individual to be a part of the family group is 13 years old. (it is different between countries, so be sure to find out the minimum required age for your particular country.)
- The people you want to include should originate from the same nation that you are from. (It is not permitted to add a person from a different country.)
- A family group doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s restricted to family members only. It is possible to add anyone to the group. You can give everyone access to everything or just share a few items.
- You are not able to access a library for your family with Google accounts that you have from your workplace, an organization or a school. you must have a Google account on your own.
How do you join the library for the family
Learn how to join this feature step-by-step. The purchase will be for any item and your entire family will be able to access it without having to pay any amount. You can choose one card for all purchases, or each family person may use their own card to make the purchase. (I would suggest that you select one card as the default card for all purchases.) You can use an already existing Google account to sign up for the plan, or you can create an account on Google and then use it. Here are the steps for signing to join the Google family group:
- Open the Google Play application store from your phone.
- Select your Profile (it is located in the lower right hand corner)
- Choose the Settings option.
- Fourth option Family in the menu that has been updated Click on it
- There will be a sign-up button, tap it, and follow the on-screen instructions for setting up the library of the family. You then have to choose an option to pay for the entire group. (the account you select will be used to make all transactions made in this group.)
- Choose whether you wish to include all items in the group, or not.
- Done, now invite your friends to join the group.
You can also make an google family group using other Google services such as the Family Link application, as well as on the families.google.com website.
Some games and apps may cannot be downloaded due the fact that certain developers are not allowing them.
What is the best way to include family members in your group?
Are you done with an entire family? Let’s add your favourite people to the group. (before making a request for membership, ensure that you read the essential rules to be aware of in the library section for your family.) however, you could have included the members of the group at the time you set up the group. It’s not a problem if you did not include them at the time. (One requires time to think in the end.)
The steps to add family members via Play Store app. Play Store app to the group are as like:
- Start the Google Play Store and then go to Settings.
- Click on the option for families.
- Click to open then the Manage family members option.
- Before Google allows you to add members to your group. It will verify the payment details/methods prior to adding them. This involves inserting your CVC code. (which is located on the reverse of your card.)
- Click on Invite family members to join the option.
- You will see your contacts list in the menu. You can either to add them from there or input their email addresses using the Add recipients.
Note that members will be sent an invitation to join the group. They must accept the invitation to be able to access the group in full. The member will also be required to go through a process of setting up. (This procedure also involves sharing their purchase with the family members)
Instructions for adding individuals to an existing family unit using the internet browser:
- Open this link https://families.google.com/families on your browser
- Choose”I’m Invited” or “Invite family members” option.
- Enter the email address of the person you wish to add to your list and choose it from the results.
- Click on”Send. “Send” button.
Instructions on how to add people to the family unit using the Family Link application:
Another thing to keep in your mind is that the app for family links might not be accessible in your country. I’ve already provided the countries where the app for family links is accessible (follow my list under the which countries the feature of the family library is available? section.) Now, here’s the steps to follow:
- Start Family Link on your phone or tablet. Family Link app on your tablet or phone.
- Select the menu option located on the left hand side on the left. (Just next to the word “Family”)
- Click on”Family Group” or the “Family groups” option.
- Select”Confirm” to open the “Invite Family members” option.
- Send the invitation to anyone you would like to include and then you’re done.
Instructions for adding people to the family via Google One: Google One app:
- Start Google One, the Google One app on your tablet or phone.
- Click on the “Settings” option.
- Click onto the “Manage family groups” option.
- Click on the “Manage family groups” option.
- Select”Invite Family Members” and then click on the “Invite your family members” option and send invitations.
Instructions for adding people to the family via an app called Google Assistant app:
Google Assistant will be able to tell your tablet or phone, and it will complete the work for you. To open Google Assistant, you must ask “Hey/hello google Open the settings for assistant.” Are you not interested in doing it this way? Want to do it by hand? Go to settings for the assistant.
- Select the Settings option in the Google assistant menu
- Simply click on “You” option.
- Click on the “Your People” option.
- Then , click on the “Add Person” option.
- Select the person you would like to include from the list, or search for them using the search bar.
- Turn off”Family group” option “Family group” option.
- After that, you must confirm the email address.
- Choose”Use this email” and then click on the “Use this Email” option.
- Select”Save” “Save” option, and you’re done.
How do you be a part of join the Google family group?
First, make sure the group’s manager has sent you an invitation. The invitation is sent to Google Family members via an email. Make sure that the invitation is not placed in the “Spam” section. This is the procedure for accepting the invite to Google families:
- Start your email application or Gmail program on your gadget.
- Select the email invitation email and then tap”Accept Invitation” to confirm “ACCEPT INVITATION” option.
- If you select that option and click it, you will be taken to Chrome or your default web browser of your phone
- After that, tap the “Get Start” option.
- You must sign in to your Google account.
- After you have logged into your Google account, the app will direct you to the Google Play store application.
- Click”Use account” or click on the “Use Account” button to make sure that it is the account that you wish to be a part of the family group
- Click to the “Join” option, after that, click the “Continue” option.
- You can choose to add eligible purchases right now or add them later in a series. Click on”Continue” “Continue” option.
- The final tap is to tap the “got it” option and the process is completed. Congratulations! Now you are part of a group of family members.
Note: If you’re already in an existing family group, you cannot join an entirely new group.
How can you eliminate relatives from the family?
If you wish to remove one of your family members Follow these steps:
- You can access the Google Play Store application on your smartphone or tablet
- Then, go to your family settings. You have two options you can do it. One is to click on the Menu button or by pressing on your profile’s icon. Are you using any of these?
- If you have clicked on the menu button, now, you need to click for the option Account. If you have clicked on the profile icon , you need to click on the Settings option, then click on the Account option.
- Select the family option.
- Tap on the Manage family members option.
- Choose the person in the family that you would like to remove from the group.
- Select the option More
- After that, tap on Remove Member and hit the Remove button. The member will be removed.
How do I delete the Google family group?
Thus, the removal of a person from the Google family group isn’t enough. Do you want to end the entire group? Follow the steps below to deleting the google family group:
- The first step is to access the Settings of the family member. (Read the section above for instructions on how to get it.)
- Choose the “More” option
- Tap on then the Delete option to eliminate all members of the group.
What type or account do you require to join the library of your family?
You may make use of your current Google account as long as it’s your own account and is not associated with any company, organization, or school, to be a part of the group. All family members can join using their existing accounts and the accounts should be part of the account they are joining.
How do you communicate content to the family?
We have now learned how to create an informal family group, we can now learn how to invite family members to it, and also how to accept an invitation to join an existing family group. Let’s take a look at how we can give away “Apps as well as games” and “Movies and TV shows” with the family Here are the steps to share apps and games with your family library:
- Open the Google Play Store on your smartphone or tablet
- If you click on”Menu” to open the “Menu” option. It is located in the upper left corner.
- Click on the “My games and apps” option.
- When you click Installed link, it’s going to display all installed games and applications on your device.
- Select the app or game you wish to make available from your list. A page of details will open up for the app or game you want to share.
- There will be an option called Famil Library option, toggle it on.
And in the event that you don’t want to delete a particular content, simply turn off the “Family Library” feature.
Here are the steps to share your favorite TV and Movie shows with your families library
- Launch Google TV. Open the Google TV app on your tablet or phones. The Google TV app was
- The term was previously used to mean Movies and TV
- Visit the “library” it’s at the bottom.
- Then, look for the item you purchased you want to give away.
- Go to the ‘”Family Library” to view
The procedure for removing certain items is the same process as it was with Apps and games that are available in the library for families.
How can I share images and videos with Google family members?
It is possible to share your photos or videos Google family and friends and even leave comments about your photos or videos (By using the internet or an application.) To share videos and photos with your Google family, you must have at least three members in the group (including you.) follow the following steps:
- Launch the Google Photos app on your phone or tablet.
- Select the images and videos you wish to share with Google family.
- Click the Share button, and then tap your family’s group from the list that appears.
- You can also include your message or simply click the Send button to transmit them in the format you want.
How can you access content from the Google Play family group?
In the past, I’ve taught you how to set up an online Family Group, inviting membersto join, accept the invitation to join the group, and also share information within the family group as well. It’s the right time to explain how to access shared content in your Google play family. Follow these steps to find out:
- Open the Google Play Store app on your smartphone or tablet
- Click on the menu. It’s located in the upper left corner.
- On the menu, you’ll be able to see a wide range of items, including movies and TV My games and apps, Newsstand, and Books. Select the item you’d like to open.
- Once you have entered the desired category. You can click on the “Family Library” button.
- The content that is available and is available to the entire google family will be available there.
How do you determine if an item was bought before?
How do you expect to learn that the item you’re planning to buy has been purchased by a member of the family? This article will say that there is no reason to fret. If members of a group have already purchased the item (for instance, let’s say, the game or app.) check if the person who purchased the item has enabled the sharing feature enabled. If they have, the other members will be able to see a message on the page with the details of the application. The message they will see is “Added to the Family Library.” and when one attempts to purchase a premium subscription then they will be informed if they have the subscription, or not.
What happens when one leaves the family?
You are trying to figure out what will be the consequences if you decide to leave this family unit. Let me inform you of the possible consequences of leaving a family unit include:
- As with other groups as you will be denied access to the Google play library.
- There is no way to install paid products at no cost. You can now purchase the items for yourself (Just as in the past)
- Others in the family will be liable to be affected also. (you aren’t alone) They will be denied access to all items you bought for your family group.
- Also, you are not able to use the family-friendly payment method option.
- You’ll be losing all family subscription plans as well.
- The best option for you. Anything you purchase using this method of payment for family members will remain with you on your account.
You can’t take part in any new group until a period of 12 months. Consider carefully before you leave any family-related group.
What is the oldest item you purchased that can lend to the library of your family?
Purchases made on or after the 2nd of July, 2016 are able to be shared with your family group. It doesn’t matter if you purchased the item after joining a family group, or prior to joining or forming an existing family group. If the purchased item is shared and you are able to offer it to your family members.
Discussion about purchases made prior to July 2, 2016. The purchase is qualified to be part of to be included in the Family Library in order to give it away. (Yes! Certain games and apps purchased prior to July 2 2016 can be shared.) You must confirm whether the app is compatible or not. Go to the details page for the app on the Google Play store to confirm it.
In this article, I’ve provided everything you need to learn about Google Family Library. I actually wrote a complete introduction to it. However, if you’d like to learn more about this feature, contact me and I’ll try to explain the subject. Another thing to note is that in addition to the capability to share paid apps, it also allows users the possibility of sharing photos, notes, calendars and more. In my opinion, Google family is superior to the apple Family sharing. Google family is a group across multiple devices, and does not limit you from using the same brand device. (you cannot access this feature when you have Apple devices.) Also, Google’s feature is completely free to use. You just have to pay for in-app purchases. Apple’s family sharing cost the equivalent of $15 per month.