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Set up & manage a YouTube Red family plan

Set up a Google family group to become a family manager, and share YouTube Red with up to 5 other family members in your household. If you're a family member, you can join a family group to share the YouTube Red family membership. 

Things to know before you start

  • Family members sharing Youtube Red must be 13 or older and live in the same household as the family manager. Learn more about family group requirements
  • You can only change family groups once every 12 months.
  • Each family member's name, photo, and email address will be shared with the group.
  • You can contact support at any time if you need help with your YouTube Red family plan.

Family managers: Sign up & create a family group 

New YouTube Red members

To get started, pick a family manager who is 18 or older. The family manager is the only person who can purchase YouTube Red or make membership decisions. Learn more about signing up for YouTube Red.

To sign up for YouTube Red & create a family group:

  1. Open the YouTube app, and tap your profile photo > Get YouTube Red.
  2. Tap Try family.
  3. Set up your Google family group. 
    • Are you the family manager of an existing Google family group? Select Continue to proceed and share youTube Red with members of your existing family group.
    • Are you creating a new Google family group? To set up a family group:
      • Invite up to five family members to join your familygroup, and send them invitations via email or SMS. 
      • Select Send.
      • Family members will receive an invitation, and can select Get started to confirm their account.
      • Family members who accept your invitation will join the family group and have access to YouTube Red.
    • Are you a family member of an existing Google family group? You won't be able to purchase YouTube Red, but can ask your family manager to make the purchase. 

Existing YouTube Red members

To upgrade your individual YouTube Red membership to a family plan: 
  1. Open the YouTube app, and tap your profile photo > My YouTube Red.
  2. Scroll down, and tap Upgrade.
  3. Tap Buy to confirm the purchase.
  4. Set up your Google family group. 
    • Are you the family manager of an existing Google family group? Select Continue to proceed and share YouTube Red with members of your existing family group.
    • Are you creating a new Google family group? To set up a family group: 
      • Invite up to five family members to join your family group, and send them invitations via email or SMS.
      • Select Send.
      • Family members will receive an invitation, and can select Get started and confirm their account.
      • Family members who accept your invitation will join the family group and have access to YouTube Red.
    • Are you a family member of an existing Google family group? You won't be able to purchase YouTube Red, but can ask your family manager to make the purchase.
Note: Special offers are not valid with the YouTube Red family plan. If you upgrade to a family plan during a free trial that's longer than 1 month, your trial will be shortened to 1 month. You will not be able to go back to your free trial if you later cancel your family plan. Learn more about updating your YouTube Red membership.

Family managers: Add or remove family members

Add family members

If you're the family manager, you can invite up to 5 family members (13+) to your family group.
Add a family member:
  1. Sign in to the Google account associated with your YouTube Red membership.
  2. Select your profile photo > My YouTube Red in the YouTube app.
  3. Under "Manage your membership," select Manage family.
  4. Enter the email address or phone number of the person you want to invite.
  5. Select Send. You'll get an email notification when someone joins your family.

Things to know:

  • New family members sharing YouTube Red must be 13 or older and have a Google account.
  • Family members must live in the same household (residential address) as you.
  • The family members you invite will see your name, photo, and email address.
  • If someone leaves your family group or your invitation expires, you can send additional invitations.
  • If you have any pending invitations, you can cancel them to invite someone else. 

Remove family members

If you're the family manager, you can remove people from your family group at any time.
Remove a family member:
  1. Sign in to the Google account associated with your YouTube Red membership.
  2. Select your profile photo > My YouTube Red in the YouTube app.
  3. Under "Manage your membership," select Manage family.
  4. Select the name of the person you want to remove.

Things to know:

  • The family member you've removed will lose access to YouTube Red, but will still keep their Google account.
  • They will get an email notification letting them know they've been removed. Other family group members will also be notified.
  • They won't be able to access any services shared by your family group.
  • If your family uses the Google Play store: You will still be charged for any pending purchases made by the removed family member. However, you can request a refund for unwanted or accidental purchases.
  • If your family uses the Google Play store: The removed family member will lose access to shared Google apps and services that other family members have added to your Google Play Family Library. Any content they've added to the Family Library will be also removed, and all family members will lose access to that content.

 Family managers: Other family manager tasks

Change your payment method

Learn how to update your YouTube Red membership, including payment method.

Cancel your YouTube Red membership

You can cancel your YouTube Red membership at any time. When you cancel, you will still have access to YouTube Red until the end of your monthly billing cycle. After that, all family members will lose access to YouTube Red, but will still keep their Google accounts.

 Family members: Join or leave a family group

Join a family group

If the family manager with a YouTube Red membership has invited you to join the family group, you'll get an email or SMS invitation. Follow the instructions in the invitation to join the family group.
Learn more about joining a family group.

Leave a family group or get an individual YouTube Red membership

Learn how to leave or switch family groups. To get your own YouTube Red membership:
  1. Follow the instructions to leave your family group.
  2. Sign up for your own YouTube Red membership at youtube.com/red or in the YouTube app (select your profile photo > Get YouTube Red).
Note: If you leave your family group, you can accept an invitation to join a different family group or create your own group. However, you can only switch family groups once every 12 months. If you leave a family group and join a new one, you won't be able to join another family group for 12 months.

Household location

Household location requirements

To be eligible to share a YouTube Red family membership, all family members must live at the same residential address as the family manager. This will be confirmed by electronic check-ins every 30 days.

 

Contact support at any time if you need help with your YouTube Red family plan.

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