Stop sharing an Office 365 Home subscription

If you're the owner of an Office 365 Home subscription, you may decide to stop sharing your subscription with someone. And if you're the one using a shared Office 365 Home subscription, you may no longer need it, or you may be notified that the owner has stopped sharing it with you. This topic explains how this all works, including what happens after someone stops sharing an subscription.

Are you the owner of an Office 365 Home subscription and just need more installs?    If you just want to make more Office installs available, you can deactivate an install, instead of stop sharing your subscription with someone. That way, you, or someone else using your subscription, can install Office on another device, and everyone you’ve shared with keeps their Office 365 Home subscription benefits, like extra OneDrive storage.

Learn how to stop sharing an Office 365 Home subscription

  1. Sign in to your My Office Account page and choose Share Office 365.

    The Share Office 365 section of the My Account page before the subscription has been shared with anyone.

    Notes: If you don't see the Share Office 365 section, you may not be the owner of the Office 365 Home subscription.

    You also may not have an Office 365 Home subscription. Check the product name above the Install section on your My Office Account page. Office 365 Personal and Office 365 University don't include subscription sharing.

  2. On the Share Office 365 page, in the Manage people section, find the person you want to remove, and choose Stop sharing with this person.

  3. After you confirm that you want to stop sharing with them, we’ll send them an email letting them know.

  1. Sign in to your My Office Account page.

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

    The Subscription Sharing section of the My Account page that shows the Stop using this shared subscription link.
  3. In the confirmation dialog box, choose Leave.

    Screen shot of the confirmation dialog box when you stop using an Office 365 Home subscription someone shared with you.

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.

What happens when you stop using a shared Office 365 Home subscription?

You lose the Office 365 Home subscription benefits:

  • 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 see Unlicensed Product notifications when you use Office.

  • 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 that OneDrive storage, don’t worry: You can still access your files, 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 per month.

See Also

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

Cancel Office 365 for home

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