Share your Office 365 Home subscription

If you've purchased Office 365 Home, you can share your subscription benefits with up to five other people in your household.

At no extra cost, each person you share with gets:

  • The latest version of the Office apps for PC, Mac, tablets, and smart phones.

    Each person can install Office on all their devices and be signed in to Office on five devices at the same time. To install Office, they need their own Microsoft account. If they don't already have a Microsoft account, they can create one when they accept your invitation to share. It's free.

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

    Anyone you share your subscription benefits with, will get their own OneDrive storage. Don't worry: They can't access files or folders on your personal OneDrive storage, though you can share files with them if you want. To learn how, see Share OneDrive files and folders

  • Skype: 60 Skype minutes 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.

  • Outlook.com: Advanced email security tools help protect each person's inbox from phishing and malware with real-time warnings about malicious websites and by scanning attachments for the latest viruses. People you share with will also get an ad-free experience and 50 GB of storage per mailbox.

    Note: Anyone sharing your subscription will NOT have access to any files you create using Office, and you will not have access to theirs. All files and service usage information remain private—as though they had purchased their own subscription.

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 sign in to your Microsoft account, Installs page on the computer you want to install on, and choose Install Office. For mobile devices, download the Office mobile apps from your app store and sign in. You can install Office on all your devices and be signed in to five devices at the same time.

How to share your Office 365 Home subscription benefit

You can share your subscription with up to five members of your household.

Note: Before someone installs Office, make sure their computer meets the system requirements. For example, the latest version of Office can't be installed on Chromebooks, or computers running Windows Vista or Windows XP.

  1. Sign in to your Microsoft account, Sharing page. Be sure to use the same Microsoft account that you used to set up your Office 365 Home subscription.

  2. On the Sharing tab, select Start sharing.

    Notes: 

    • If you don't see a Sharing tab, or you don't see Share Office in your Sharing tab, you may not be the owner of the Office 365 Home subscription. If you're using an Office 365 Home subscription that someone else shared with you, or if you have another type of Office 365 subscription, you can't share your subscription with other people.

    • You may also not have an Office 365 Home subscription. Check the product name above the tabs. Office 365 Personal and Office 365 University don't include subscription sharing.

  3. On the Share Office pop up, choose one:

    Invite via email

    Enter their email and select Invite.

    The email you use to invite them should also be the email they use for their shared Office 365 subscription.

    Invite via link

    Select the Copy button to send the link via email, text, or other message to the person you want to share with.

    When they click the link and sign in with their Microsoft account, they'll be added to your subscription. If you want to share with more than one person, create a separate link for each person.

  4. If you chose to invite via email in step 3, select Invite if you want to add this person to your Microsoft family. You can always add them later too. For more about the benefits of creating a Microsoft family see, What is Microsoft family?

Use Microsoft family to share your Office with family members

The Microsoft family feature enables you to easily share calendars with family members, limit screen time, enable safer browsing, and share your Office 365 Home subscription with other members of your household.

  1. To add someone to your Microsoft family, go to your Microsoft account, family page, scroll down, and select Add a family member. Repeat this for each family member. You can have up to twenty people in your family, although you can only share your Office 365 subscription with five of them.

  2. If there are available licenses, then Office will be automatically shared with your family member after they're added to your Microsoft family.

How to manage who you've shared with, invitations, and devices

Over time, you may want to share with different people or sign in to Office on new devices. You can learn how to stop sharing with someone or sign out of Office from a device below.

Manage people you've shared Office with

On the Microsoft account, Sharing page, under the section Other people, you can view and manage the people you’re sharing your Office 365 Home subscription benefits with.

For example, if you you’re already sharing your subscription with five other family members and would like to share with someone new, you’ll have to stop sharing with someone before you share with the new person.

Stop sharing your subscription with someone :
When you stop sharing your subscription with someone, they lose all their Office 365 Home subscription benefits, including extra OneDrive storage and the ability to use Office. They can still view and print their Office files, but they can't edit them or create new ones.

Manage invitations to share Office

On the Microsoft account, Sharing page, under the section Other people, you can view and manage invitations you’ve created. You can check the status of an invitation, resend, or delete invitations.

If the person you sent an invitation to can't find it, see Can't find an invitation to share Office 365 Home. And if someone hasn't accepted an invitation, and you don't care, you can simply delete the invitation.

Manage your Office devices

You can install Office on all your devices and be signed in to five devices at the same time. If you’d like to sign in to Office on a sixth device, sign out of Office on one of your other devices first. If you don’t have access to one of the devices you’re signed in on, you can sign out of Office on a PC or Mac from any web browser using the instructions in Deactivate an Office install. This doesn't uninstall the Office apps, it just puts Office into read-only mode.

Help for the people you've shared your subscription with

When you share your subscription with someone, they get an email from Microsoft telling them that you've shared your Office 365 Home subscription with them. All they need to do is click the Accept button in the email and go to their Microsoft account, Overview page where they can install Office, access their OneDrive storage, and more.

As mentioned above, if they don't receive the invitation, ask them to read Can't find an invitation to share Office 365 Home. And if they have trouble installing Office, ask them to see Troubleshoot installing Office 365, Office 2019, Office 2016, and Office 2013.

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