Stop sharing an Office 365 Home subscription

If you're the owner of an Office 365 Home subscription, you can stop sharing your subscription with someone at any time. If you're using a subscription that someone has shared with you, you can stop using the subscription whenever you want, or you might be notified that someone has stopped sharing their subscription with you. In either case, the subscription benefits will change.

To learn more about those changes, choose one of the following:

Not what you're looking for?    If you just want to make more Office installs available, you can deactivate one, instead of completely removing someone from your subscription. That way, you can install Office on another machine, and everyone you’ve shared with will still get to use your subscription benefits, like extra OneDrive storage.

You're the owner of an Office 365 Home subscription

If you completely remove someone from your subscription, they’ll lose all of your subscription benefits. This means:

  • They’ll still be able to view and print their Office files, but they won’t be able to edit them or to create new ones.

  • They’ll still be able to use Office on their iPad, Android tablet, and smartphone, but they won’t be able to access premium Office 365 features.

  • They’ll lose their 1TB of OneDrive storage.

  • If they’ve used any of the 1 TB, they can still download their files but they won’t be able to edit them in OneDrive or to upload new files.

  • They'll lose their 60 Skype minutes of calling per month.

To remove someone from your Office 365 Home subscription
  1. Sign in to your My Account page.

  2. In the Share Office 365 section, choose Share Office 365.

    Screen shot of the My Account page with the "Share Office 365" button selected.
  3. On the Share Office 365 page, in the Share your subscription benefits section, find the person you want to remove, and then choose Remove.

    Screen shot of the Share Office 365 page with the "Remove" user option selected.
  4. In the confirmation dialog box, choose Remove User.

    Screenshot of the confirmation dialog box when you remove a user from your Office 365 Home subscription.

    After that, we’ll send mail to let them know that you removed them from your subscription.

You're using an Office 365 Home subscription that someone shared with you

If you want to stop using a shared subscription that someone shared with you, you can. Or, you might have received an email message that said someone stopped sharing their subscription with you. Either way, when you stop using a subscription that someone shared with you, the result is the same:

  • You’ll still be able to view and print your Office files, but you won’t be able to edit them or to create new ones.

  • You’ll still be able to use Office on your iPad, Android tablet, and smartphone, but you won’t be able to access premium Office 365 features.

  • You’ll lose your 1 TB of free OneDrive storage.

  • If you’ve used any of the 1 TB of storage, don’t worry, your files will still be there, but you won’t be able to edit them in OneDrive or to upload new files. To fix this, you can save some of your files elsewhere or buy more storage. For more information, go to OneDrive.com, sign in to your account, and choose Get more storage.

  • You'll lose your 60 Skype minutes of calling per month.

If you want to continue using Office, you can buy an Office subscription. Or, if you need a fast, free way to create or edit Office files, you can use Office Online.

To stop using a subscription someone shared with you
  1. Sign in to your My Account page.

  2. In the Subscription sharing section, choose Stop using this shared subscription.

    Screen shot of the My Account page with the Subscription Sharing section enlarged, and the "Stop using this shared subscription" link selected.
  3. In the confirmation dialog box, choose Leave.

    Screenshot of the confirmation dialog box when you stop using a shared Office 365 Home subscription.

Share your Office 365 Home subscription with up to four people in your household

Applies To: PowerPoint 2013, Word for Mac 2011, Publisher 2013, Word 2013, Excel 2013, Outlook 2013, Access 2013, OneNote 2013, Office 2013



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