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Use Google Play Family Library

You can purchase and share apps, games, movies, TV shows, and books from Google Play with up to 5 family members with Google Play Family Library.

Sign up for Family Library

  1. Open the Play Store app Play Store.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Account and then Family and then Sign up for Family Library.
  3. Follow the instructions on screen to set up your Family Library.

Note: The family members you invite will see your name, photo, and email address.

Requirements

Family manager requirements

To sign up for Family Library, you must meet all these requirements:

  • Be 18 or older (20 in Japan) and have a Google Account
  • Have a valid credit card to use as the family payment method
  • Live in one of the countries below
  • Not be part of another family group

Family member requirements

You can invite up to 5 family members to use Family Library.

Anyone you invite to join your family must meet all these requirements:

  • Be 13 or older (14 in Spain), and have a Google Account
  • Live in the same country as the family manager
  • Not be part of another family group

Supported countries

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Add Family Library to an existing family group
  1. Open the Play Store app Play Store.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Account and then Family and then Sign up for Family Library.
  3. Follow the instructions on screen to set up Family Library.
  4. Your family members will also need to follow the above steps in order to use Family Library.

Add or remove Family Library purchases

Eligible purchases can be automatically added to Family Library, or you can add them yourself after you buy them.

When you remove purchases from Family Library or leave your family group, your family members lose access to the purchases you added to Family Library.

Add or remove individual purchases

Apps & games

  1. Open the Play Store app Play Store.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu and then My apps & games.
  3. Under "All" tab, look for purchased apps or games you want to add.
  4. On the content's details page, switch "Family Library" to on.

To remove the the content, switch "Family Library" to off.

Movies & TV shows

  1. Open the Play Movies & TV app Play Movies.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu and then My library.
  3. Under the "Movies" or "TV shows" tab, look for purchased content you want to add.
  4. On the content's details page, switch "Family Library" to on.

To remove the content, switch "Family Library" to off.

Note: When you add TV shows from the Play Movies & TV app, you're adding all episodes of the show. If you want to add or remove certain seasons or episodes that were purchased separately, search for the content in the Play Store app and add it to Family Library from the episode or show's details page.

Books

  1. Open the Play Books app Play Books.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Library.
  3. Under the "Purchases" tab, look for books you want to add.
  4. Next to the book title, tap More More and then Add to family library.

To remove the content, tap More More and then Remove from Family Library.

Add or remove all purchases of a certain content type

Add all purchases of a certain content type

  1. Open the Play Store app Play Store.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Account and then Family and then Family Library Settings.
  3. Tap Apps & Games, Movies & TV, or Books.
  4. Tap Add items automatically when purchased and then Yes, I'm in.

Remove all purchases of a certain content type

  1. Open the Play Store app Play Store.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Account and then Family and then Family Library Settings.
  3. Tap Apps & Games, Movies & TV, or Books.
  4. Tap Remove purchases and then Proceed.
Change your Family Library settings

By default, eligible purchases are automatically added to your Family Library after you sign up or join a family group.

To change this setting:

  1. Open the Play Store app Play Store.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Account and then Family and then Family Library Settings.
  3. Tap Apps & Games, Movies & TV, or Books.
  4. Tap Don’t add automatically; I’ll do it myself or Add items automatically when purchased and then Yes, I'm in.
Limit the types of content family members can see

To restrict the content someone can download or purchase from Google Play on your Android device, set up parental controls.

When parental controls are turned on for an Android device, anyone using that device won't be able to see content that exceeds parental control settings in their personal or Family Library.

See content in your Family Library

See Family Library apps & games

  1. Open the Play Store app Play Store.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu and then My apps & games.
  3. Tap the Family Library tab. If you don’t see a Family Library tab, it means your family members haven’t added any apps or games to your Family Library yet.

See Family Library Movies & TV shows

  1. Open the Google Play Movies & TV app Play Movies.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu and then My library.
  3. Tap the Movies or TV Shows tab.
  4. Scroll down to the "Family Library" list. If you don’t see a "Family Library" list your family members haven’t added anything to your Family Library yet.

Note: Movies can be played offline on up to 5 devices per family member and 12 devices per family. 6 movies can be played at once, but each movie can only be streamed by one person at a time.

See Family Library books

  1. Open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Library.
  3. Tap the Family tab. If you don’t see a Family tab, it means your family members haven’t added any books to your Family Library yet.

Note: Each book can be downloaded on 6 or more devices at the same time. When someone removes a book from their device, it becomes available for other family members to download.

See if you can add a purchase to Family Library

When you purchase eligible apps, games, movies, TV shows, and books, you can add them to your Family Library. If an item is eligible, you'll see the Family Library icon on the content's details page Family Library.

Note: Music and Newsstand purchases can't be added to Family Library.

Movies & TV shows

Any movies or TV shows you purchased before your Family Library was created can be added to Family Library.

After you sign up for Family Library or join someone's family group, new movie and TV show purchases can only be added if you purchase them with the family payment method, a Google Play gift card, or a promo code.

Movies

  • If you purchase a bundle of movies, you can only add or remove an entire bundle from your Family Library, but not individual movies.
  • You can't add movie rentals to Family Library.

TV shows

  • You can't add TV show rentals to Family Library.
  • TV shows aren't available in all countries.
Apps & games
  • You can't share in-app purchases and free apps with your family members.
  • Any apps or games purchased after July 2, 2016 are eligible to be added to Family Library. If you purchased the app or game before July 2, 2016, it’s eligible for Family Library if the developer has made past purchases available. You can find out whether this is the case by tapping Read More on the app’s details page.
Books
  • If the book publisher allows for books to be added to Family Library, you can share it with your family members.
  • You can't add free samples, public domain books, personal documents you uploaded, or books you rented to Family Library.
  • Books can be added to Family Library in the following countries:
    • Australia
    • Brazil
    • Canada
    • France
    • Ireland
    • New Zealand
    • United Kingdom
    • United States

Troubleshoot problems

I got an error when creating my family

Age requirement

You must be 18 or older (20 in Japan) to manage a family group. If you're between ages 13-17, you can still join someone else's family group.

You're already in a family group

You can only be part of one family group at a time. To create a new family group, delete your current family group and then create a new one.

Note: You can only switch family groups once every 12 months.

Account not supported

You can't create a family with a Google Account from your work, school, or other organization. 

Can't create family

You can only change family groups once every 12 months. You'll need to wait 12 months until you can create or join a new family.

I was using content, but it got removed from Family Library

If someone removes content from the Family Library, if they leave the family group entirely, or if your family group is deleted, you have to purchase the content in order to to use it.

Once you purchase it, you'll pick up where you left off. If you bought in-app purchases in a game, you'll get those back after you purchase the game.

I purchased content, but I can't add it to Family Library

If you can't add content you bought to Family Library:

  • The content might not be eligible to be added to Family Library (see above).
  • You used your personal credit or debit card instead of the family payment method to purchase movies or TV shows after you set up or joined Family Library.
  • Your family payment method may be invalid. If you're the family manager, update your family payment method to a valid credit card so that you and your family members can add new purchases to Family Library.
"Use a different payment method if you want to add this to Family Library"

If you see this message, you won't be able to add the purchase to your Family Library after you buy it.

If you want to add the purchase to your Family Library, pay using the family payment method or a gift card instead.

"Your family payment method is invalid"

If you see this message, your family payment method is invalid. If you're the family manager, update your family payment method to a valid credit card so that you and your family members can add purchases to Family Library.

While the family payment method is invalid, purchases made using other forms of payment won't be automatically added to Family Library. After your family payment method is updated, you’ll need to manually add those items to Family Library from the details page.

Dan is a Google Play expert and author of this help page. Leave him feedback below about the page.

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