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Use Google Play Family Library

You can share purchased apps, games, movies, TV shows, and books from Google Play with up to 5 family members using 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 Family Library. If you aren't part of a family group, you'll need to create one first.

Note: Everyone in your family needs to follow the instructions above to set up Family Library.

Requirements

Family manager requirements

If you are not part of a family already, you'll become the family manager when you sign up for Family Library. Family managers must meet all these requirements:

  • Be 18 or older (20 in Japan).
  • Have a valid credit card to use as the family payment method.
  • Live in one of the countries listed under "supported countries" below.
  • Not be part of another family group on Google.

Family member requirements

To join a family group, you must meet these requirements:

  • Have a Google Account. If you're under 13, your family manager needs to create a Google Account for you.
  • Live in the same country as the family manager.
  • Not be part of another family group on Google.
Countries 

Family Library is available in:

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Russia
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Add or remove Family Library purchases

Eligible purchases can be automatically added to the 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 the "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 My 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.

Change your Family Library settings

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

To change the Family Library settings, or remove all purchase of a certain 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 Don’t add automatically; I’ll do it myself or Add items automatically when purchased and then Yes, I'm in.
Restrict content for certain family members

Everyone in your family group can see all the content that's been added to Family Library.

You can set up parental controls to restrict the content family members can see.

See Family Library content

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.

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.

Books

  1. Open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu and then My 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 up to 6 devices at the same time. When someone removes a book from their device, it becomes available for other family members to download.

See if content is eligible to be added to Family Library

Most purchased apps, games, movies, TV shows, and books can be added to your Family Library. If an item is eligible to be added, you'll see the Family Library icon on the content's details page 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 only be added to Family Library in certain countries.
Music & Newsstand

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

Troubleshoot problems

Content was 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 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, it might be because:

  • The content isn't eligible to be added to Family Library.
  • You used your personal credit or debit card instead of the family payment method to purchase the movie or TV show.
"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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