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

When you subscribe to Office 365 Home, you can share your subscription benefits with up to four friends or family members. It’s as simple as sending an email.

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.

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Invite someone to share your Office 365 Home subscription

Resend the invitation link or remove the invitation

Benefits of sharing an Office 365 Home subscription

What if there are no installs available?

Invite someone to share your Office 365 Home subscription

When you share your Office 365 Home subscription, you send an email message to the person you want to invite. You can send the invite to any email address. 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.

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Share an Office 365 Home subscription.
  1. Sign in to your My 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 My Account page with the "Share Office 365" button selected.
  3. In the Share your subscription benefits section, choose Add user.

    Screen shot of the Share Office 365 page with the "Add user" option selected.
  4. Type the email address of the person you want to share with and choose Send Invite. They have 30 days to accept the invitation before it expires.

    Screen shot of the "Add a user to this subscription" dialog box.

    Important   The invitation will be sent from your Microsoft account. 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.

    Each person you invite will get their own My Account page that they can use to install Office. After they install Office, you’ll see the computer names, Used By, and dates installed on your Install page.

    Screen shot of the Install page with a computer name and the name of the person who installed Office selected.

Note   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.

Screen shot of the Share Office 365 page with a pending shared subscription user selected.

Resend the invitation link or remove the invitation

If you want to resend the invitation, or want to 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 Account page, choose Share Office 365.

    Screen shot of the My Account page with the "Share Office 365" button selected.
  2. In the Share your subscription benefits section, under the person’s name, choose Manage.

    Screen shot of the Share Office 365 page with a pending shared subscription user selected.
  3. In the dialog box, do one of the following:

    • To resend the invitation, copy the link, send it using the email account you prefer, and then choose Close.

    • To remove the invitation, choose Remove.

    Screen shot of the dialog box for a pending invitation with a link to send via email and a button to remove the invitation.

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 Account page where they can install Office, and view and manage their own installs. To learn more, see Where is the My Account page?

  • 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

Stop sharing an Office 365 Home subscription

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



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