Google adds family calendar and note sharing

Google Calendar family sharingIf you’re an Android household you probably are familiar with making a Google Family so that apps purchased by parental unit A can be enjoyed by Parent B, child A, B, C, etc. It also allows everyone to access purchased movies, stream music through Google’s music service, and now it adds a shared calendar.

If you’ve already got a Google Family set up and accounts associated with it, just go into Google Calendar and you’ll see a calendar listed as “Family”. Things added to this show across all family member’s calendars, but they don’t have access to your personal calendars where you and the spouse have scheduled a trip to Chuck-E-Cheese’s without the kids.

Google Keep Family collaborator sharingGoogle Keep has added family to the collaborators. Assuming you’ve got Google Family set up create a note or drawing, then tap the three dots in the bottom right, collaborator should pop up, you can add family from there.

If you haven’t set up a Google Family yet, just click this link and you’ll be sharing purchased items, media, calendar events, doodles in Keep, etc. The other person in your family will require a Google account, and will be sent an email asking if they want to be a family member.

The most useful thing I think I’ve run across with Family is that although you don’t have to have a subscription to their music and video offerings (Google Play Music, YouTube Red,) if you do everyone has it up to a certain point.

Should be noted that since a person has to have a Google account, it appears you’ll need to be over 12 years old to share content.

Overall it’s such an obviously needed update I have to wonder why it hasn’t been around for a long time.

Combine this with Google Location Sharing  and you’ve got a lot of beautiful tools to help with managing a herd of nerf herders.

Paul King

Paul King lives in Nashville Tennessee with his wife, two daughters and cats. He writes for Pocketables, theITBaby, and is an IT consultant along with doing tech support for a film production company.