Share your Office 365 Home subscription with up to four people

When you subscribe to Office 365 Home, you can share your subscription benefits with up to four people in your household. To share your Office 365 Home subscription, you send a message to the person you want to invite. You can send the invitation to any email address, or Facebook account, or use any other method you choose. You can also directly add one of your Microsoft family members without the need for an invitation. However, before the person you invited can use your subscription, they'll have to sign in with their own Microsoft account. If they don't already have a Microsoft account, they can create one on the sign in page.

Each person you invite will get their own My Office Account page that they can use to install Office.

Note: When you share your subscription, the people you share with can use any of your available installs—they aren’t limited to just one install. If you want them to use only one or two installs, let them know.

Want to install Office 365 Home for yourself on another device? You don't need to share your Office 365 Home subscription with yourself to install it on another device. Just go to your My Office Account page, and choose Install.

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What do you want to do?

  1. Sign in to your My Office Account page. Be sure to use the same Microsoft account that you used to set up your subscription.

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

    Screen shot of the "Share Office 365" section of the My Account page before the subscription has been shared with anyone.
  3. In the Share your subscription benefits section, choose Add user.

    The Share your subscription benefits section of the Share Office 365 page that shows the Add user link.
  4. Choose Email, type the email address of the person you want to share with, then choose Send Invitation.

    Close-up of the Email section of the Add someone dialog box with the Send Invitation button.

    Important: The invitation will be sent from “My Office Account” (myaccount@microsoft.com). If the person you invited doesn’t get the invitation, ask them to check their junk mail folder for a message with “Office 365” in the subject.

If you've added someone to your Microsoft Family, you can share your subscription with them. Learn more about Microsoft Family.

  1. Sign in to your My Office Account page. Be sure to use the same Microsoft account that you used to set up your subscription.

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

    Screen shot of the "Share Office 365" section of the My Account page before the subscription has been shared with anyone.
  3. In the Share your subscription benefits section, choose Add user.

    The Share your subscription benefits section of the Share Office 365 page that shows the Add user link.
  4. Choose Share with your Microsoft family, select one or more members, then choose Add selected people. If you add more people to your Microsoft Family later on, you can repeat these steps to share your subscription with them.

    Close-up of the Share with your Microsoft Family section of the Add someone dialog box with the Add selected people button.

  1. Sign in to your My Office Account page. Be sure to use the same Microsoft account that you used to set up your subscription.

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

    Screen shot of the "Share Office 365" section of the My Account page before the subscription has been shared with anyone.
  3. In the Share your subscription benefits section, choose Add user.

    The Share your subscription benefits section of the Share Office 365 page that shows the Add user link.
  4. Choose Facebook > Send invitation via Facebook, then log on to Facebook to send the invitation.

    Close-up of the Facebook section of the Add someone dialog box with the Send invitation via Facebook button.

    Important: When you choose this option, you can only share your subscription with one person at a time. If you want to share with more than one person via Facebook, you’ll need to send a separate invitation to each person.

You can create a link to copy and paste into a message.

  1. Sign in to your My Office Account page. Be sure to use the same Microsoft account that you used to set up your subscription.

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

    Screen shot of the "Share Office 365" section of the My Account page before the subscription has been shared with anyone.
  3. In the Share your subscription benefits section, choose Add user.

    The Share your subscription benefits section of the Share Office 365 page that shows the Add user link.
  4. Choose Get a link to copy and paste a unique link into a message. If you want to share with more than one person via a link, you’ll need to create a separate link to send to each person.

    Close-up of the Get a link section of the Add someone dialog box.

If you want to send the invitation again, or send it from a different email account, you can. If you want to remove the invitation before someone has accepted it, you can do that, too.

  1. On your My Office Account page, choose Share Office 365.

    Screen shot of the "Share Office 365" section of the My Account page before the subscription has been shared with anyone.
  2. In the Share your subscription benefits section, under the person’s name, choose Manage.

    Screen shot of the "Share your subscription benefits" section of the Share Office 365 page that shows a shared user as Pending.
  3. In the dialog box, do one of the following:

    • To send the invitation again, choose Email > Resend Invitation.

    • To send the invitation via Facebook, choose Facebook > Send invitation via Facebook.

    • To revoke the invitation, choose Revoke this invitation.

    Screenshot of the dialog box for a pending invitation with options to send the link again via email, Microsoft Family, Facebook, or custom link, and a link to revoke the invitation.

After you share your subscription with someone, their status displays as Pending until they accept your invitation. If you don't see the Pending status by their name, refresh the page in your browser. If the person you sent the invitation to can't find it, see Can't find an invitation to share Office 365 Home.

  1. On your My Office Account page, choose Share Office 365.

    Screen shot of the "Share Office 365" section of the My Account page before the subscription has been shared with anyone.
  2. Look in the Share your subscription benefits section:

    • If the person has accepted the invitation, you'll see their name, with a Remove link below it.

      Screen shot of the "Share your subscription benefits" section of the Share Office 365 page that shows the "Remove" link under a user's picture.
    • If the person hasn't yet accepted the invitation, you'll see Pending above their email address, and a Manage link below it.

      Screen shot of the "Share your subscription benefits" section of the Share Office 365 page that shows a shared user as Pending.

If you want to find out who has installed Office on your shared subscription, and how many installs they're using, you can. If all of your available installs are in use, and you need to free up an install for use on other device, you can deactivate an install on a specific device. You can also choose to stop sharing your subscription with someone.

  1. On your My Office Account page, choose Install.

    The Install section of the My Office Account page.
  2. In the Install Information section, you can see who has installed Office, together with the name of the device, and the date it was installed.

    The Install page showing the computer name and the name of the person who installed Office.

Benefits of sharing an Office 365 Home subscription

When you share your Office 365 Home subscription, each person gets:

  • Any available Office installs for PC, Mac, tablets, and smartphones.

  • A personal My Office Account page where they can install Office, and view and manage their own installs. To learn more, see Sign in to My Account to install and manage Office.

  • Their own free 1 TB OneDrive storage. To learn more, see "About OneDrive" in Office 365 frequently asked questions.

    Note: People you share your Office 365 Home subscription with don't have access to your personal OneDrive storage unless you specifically share files or folders with them.

  • 60 Skype minutes of calling per month to mobile phones in eight countries and to landlines in 60+ countries (only in markets where Skype is available). To learn more, see "About Skype minutes" in Office 365 frequently asked questions.

What if there are no installs available?

If there are no installs available for your Office 365 Home subscription, you can do either of the following:

  • Deactivate an install    If someone you share with uses more Office installs than you want them to, you can deactivate installs to make them available to share with others. Deactivating an install doesn’t remove someone from your subscription, it just puts an install on a specific device into read-only mode. The person you shared your subscription with can still view and print their Office files, they just can't edit them or create new ones. And they get to keep their extra OneDrive storage, and can still use your Office installs, if more become available.

  • Remove someone from your subscription    If you want to remove someone from your subscription, you can. When you remove someone they’ll lose all your subscription benefits, like extra OneDrive storage and the ability to use your Office installs.

See Also

Install Office on your PC or Mac

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