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Google Play Family Library fails with Minecraft License Error – Android

Minecraft has been a staple in my household for years.  It just makes sense our offspring would love it too.  We set out to install Minecraft on one of their tablets and to my surprise, it said: "install".  Normally indicating no costs. Great!  I assumed it was free from all of the other "marketplace" items for sale now, especially with realms.  Come to find out, I had the Family Library turned on, and Minecraft was part of that library.   What should have been cost savings, ended up being a bit of a nightmare.  Every week, we would get a notification "License error" with only an ok, and the app closes, or we would get a message "We're having trouble verifying that you own Minecraft"  Looking online, wasn't much help, and not surprisingly not much from Microsoft either.  I would have to clear cache, clear storage, then uninstall.  Made even more annoying because we disable the play store.

The errors:

License Error
We're Having Trouble verifying that you own Minecraft on this device.  Make sure you have downloaded and installed Minecraft from the store.  Or simply reconnect to the internet and try again.

I know..it's blurry.

The FIX:

  1. Go to App settings for Minecraft on the problem child's device
  2. Clear cache, clear storage, then uninstall the game.  You must do all three.
  3. Open Minecraft in the Google Play store on either an android device or you can go to the Android Play store on any computer.
  4. Search for Minecraft
  5. Disable "Family Library" toggle under Minecraft
  6. Wait a few seconds and on the problem child's device, you'll see that Minecraft now costs something.
  7. Buy the Game - Make the Problem Child a Happy Child

 

 

 

 

 

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