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.


  1. Tom Roberts says

    Will all Apple Apps work with Consumer Cellular? Will my Comcast Xfinity WIFI work with Consumer Cellular? Will my Apple Series 5 Smart Watch work with Consumer Cellular?

    • Hi Tom, thanks for your interest! We can’t guarantee all apps will be compatible with our service, but as long as your phone has a connection to our network, or to WiFi, any apps that you download from the app store you should be able to use. I would advise that we don’t support the iWatch series though as we don’t have a SIM card that is able to be used with it.

  2. Janie says

    Can anyone tell me how to turn on my hotspot

  3. Amelia Saah says

    I want a wide smart unlocked phone good speaker,and compatible with RING.
    I don’t like the narrow phones
    And am a senior do not want an expensive phone..Iam a member with you so it has to be unlocked to have continue my services

    • Hi Amelia, thanks for your post. All of our phones are locked to our service. If you would like to purchase an unlocked device you’d need to purchase it through a third party seller to do so. Otherwise, if you’d like to purchase one of our phones, you can view the options that we have by going to our website here.

  4. W Baxter Brown says

    Do a do AMAC members also get a discount just like AARP?

  5. Christine says

    My friend has consumer cellular. She wants to get an iPhone. The two are compatible??? Does she purchase the iPhone first and then connect it to consumer cellular? Or does consumer cellular sell the iPhone? How does this all work? I’ve had my iPhone and carrier for so many years I forget how it all came together. Thanks for helping.

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi Christine, we have iPhones available with our service and they can be found here. If she would rather purchase an iPhone elsewhere, it will need to be unlocked, GSM-compatible, and VoLTE capable to work on our service. We can’t guarantee compatibility, but we will do all we can to get it working.

  6. Delmar Wiggins says


    • Hi Delmar, thanks for your post! I see that you were able to speak with one of our agents regarding this and the issue has been resolved. If there is anything else that you need help with, just let us know!

  7. Sarah White says

    Why does it take so long for my usage to update on the website?

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      That’s a great question, Sarah. It can take up to 24-48 hours for usage to be sent from your phone, to the nearby towers, and then to us to be reported.

  8. Carol Spearen says

    Do you have a plan that allows me to get my husband a phone on my


    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi Carol, you can add your husband to your plan by calling us at 888-345-5509 or through your online account here.