If you keep recommending apps, games, movies or books that you’ve bought from the Google Play Store to friends and family members, you’ll be pleased to hear that you’ll be able to share these purchases via Family Library.
Without needing to hand over your password or device, you can introduce someone that you consider a family member to a recommendation. Google Play Family Library lets up to six people share a single account, giving them access to every app, game, movie, book, and TV show purchased.
It should be noted that while there’s no fee to use the feature, you will need to register a credit card as the primary payment method. That means that you need to be able to trust those on the account not to run amuck with your money.
Google states that a ‘family’ is defined as parents, siblings, and children living in the same country, but it’s unclear how Google will stop you from adding other people. The credit requirement may make some a little more hesitant about sharing their account with someone who isn’t related though.
To keep tabs on purchases, Google sends an e-mail receipt for purchases, and requires approval for purchases attempted by underage members.
Google Play Family Library rolls out later this month in Ireland, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, the US and the UK.