Share your Microsoft 365 Family Subscription

Last Updated on May 14, 2020 by Next Century

If you’ve purchased Microsoft 365 Family, 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 following benefits:

Latest Microsoft Apps

Each user can install Microsoft Office on all any device (PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android) and be signed in to Microsoft Office on five devices at the same time. To be able to install Office, they will 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 plus it’s free.

1 TB of OneDrive Storage

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


60 Skype minutes per month to mobile phones in eight countries and to landlines in 60+ countries (only in markets where Skype is available)

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.

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.

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.

How to share your Office 365 Home subscription

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

  • On the Sharing tab, select Start sharing

    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.

  • On the Share Office pop up, choose either:

    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.

  • If you chose to invite via email in the previous step, 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.

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

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