Smartphone owners enjoy the convenience—and the fun—of having access to apps, games, music, movies, e-books and more. As an added bonus, now you can share all of your content with select family members or friends by subscribing to the Family Sharing feature.
For Android users, a subscription to Google Play’s Family Library allows you to share purchased content with up to six people in your family. All of your purchased content is added to the Family Library automatically but you can also choose to keep certain items to yourself, if you prefer.
When you set up the Family Library service, you’ll be required to set-up a shared payment method for your group to use. Members of your family group can elect to use the shared payment method, or they can continue using their own payment methods such as a Google Play gift card.
To set up a Family Library, open the Google Play Store app and tap menu, followed by Account > Family > Sign Up for Family Library. The only restrictions are that everyone in your family group must be at least 13 years old, and must live in the same country as you.
If you have an iPhone, Family Sharing is available on any device running on iOS 8 or later. As with Android, you can share all your content with up to 6 other people, and share a single-family payment method (like a shared credit card or debit card that is used for all future purchases).
To start a new family group, go to Settings > iCloud > Set Up Family Sharing. You’ll need to follow the on-screen instructions to set up a new group, after which you’ll be able to add individual family members to your group. You can invite members to your group at any time by going to Settings > iCloud > Family > Add Family Member.
One important thing to note is that, other than music, you can’t share content from one platform to another. For instance, apps that have been purchased on an iPhone will only work on other family member’s iPhone devices. Likewise, apps that have been purchased on an Android will only work on family member’s Android devices. For your music library, it’s possible to access Apple Music on Android and Google Play Music on iPhone with a downloadable app.
There’s so much great content available for your smartphone, and now you don’t have to just keep it to yourself! Start Family Sharing to make a good thing even better.