Report: Google Currently Developing Play Store Family Library to Share Apps

A new report by Android Police states that Google is now sending out letters to developers about a new feature called Family Library which will allow you to share purchased apps from the Play Store amongst trusted family members. This is similar to Apple’s Family Library system they have set up for iOS users which allows, say, a parent to act as an organizer and have all transactions made via the App Store go off on their bank account.

Here’s the full transcript of the letter being sent out:

When Family Library becomes available to users, up to six family members will be able to share purchased apps on Google Play.

Opt-in previous purchases to Family Library

By default, all paid apps purchased after July 2, 2016 (when the Developer Distribution Agreement update takes effect) will be eligible for Family Library.

To provide a seamless user experience, we suggest you allow users to share purchases made prior to this date as well.

To opt-in previous purchases:

  1. Sign in to your Google Play Developer Console.
  2. Select an app.
  3. Select Pricing & Distribution.
  4. In the “Family Library” section, select the checkbox.

Users will see whether previous purchases of your app are eligible for Family Library on your store listing page.

App requirements & eligibility

  • Once you’ve made previous purchases available for Family Library and submitted your app update in the Developer Console, you can’t opt-out—your selection is permanent.
  • Your app doesn’t need to be part of Designed for Families to be included in Family Library.

As per the letter, July 2nd is the date when this new feature will come into play, while developers can activate their apps in the mean time for family sharing if they choose to. However, once that switch is flicked, there’s no going back, meaning you can’t deactivate your app from Family Library. All purchases made after July 2nd will automatically become eligible for your Family Library.

Whether sharing a music subscription through Play Music or purchased movies and TV shows from Play Movies is possible or not with this new program has yet to be uncovered, however we’ll let you know if we gain more information.

Source: Android Police via The Verge