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How to Gameshare on Xbox One

Ben Stegner Updated 17-12-2019

Gamesharing your Xbox One titles with a trusted friend is a great way to save money on gaming. You and a buddy can take turns buying games and both have access to them by switching your home Xbox setting.

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In this article we look at how to gameshare on Xbox One, including a full explanation of the process and a few important points.

What Is Gamesharing?

Before we cover Xbox One gamesharing, we should explain what gamesharing actually is. Simply put, gamesharing allows you to access a friend’s Xbox One game library The 12 Best Xbox One Exclusives to Play Today Whether you want high-paced racing, exciting adventures, or a blast into the past, these Xbox One exclusives will hit the spot. Read More on your own system.

Anyone signed into an Xbox One can access their entire library of digital games on that console. However, other accounts on the same system cannot play those games. That means if a friend comes over, you can play their games on your Xbox when signed into their account, but not once they leave.

However, the Xbox One has a setting called Home Xbox. This allows you to designate a single Xbox One system as your primary console. Anyone signed into this home console can access all the digital games you own. By switching home Xbox systems with a friend, you each gain access to the other’s entire library.

This is what gamesharing on Xbox one is all about. Now let’s look at how to do it.

How to Gameshare on Xbox One

  1. Find a trusted friend whom you want to share games with. Either obtain their Xbox Live login information, or invite them over so they can sign into your console.
  2. Press the Xbox button on your controller to open the Guide. Use LB to scroll over to the tab with your player icon and select Add new.Xbox One Add New User
  3. Enter the email address and password for your friend’s Xbox account.
  4. Scroll back over to the account tab and sign in as your friend if it doesn’t sign them in automatically.
  5. Press the Xbox button to open the Guide again. Use RB to move over to the gear tab and select Settings.
  6. Go to General > Personalization > My home Xbox. Select Make this my home Xbox.Xbox One Home Xbox Setting
  7. Now, you can visit My Games & apps from the home screen (even from your own account) and you’ll be able to access all the games your friend owns. Switch to the Ready to install tab to easily see games you haven’t downloaded yet, and select one to download it.

After this, have your friend follow the above steps on their console with your account, and you’re all set to gameshare on Xbox One. You can both download games the other person owns, while still using your own account to play.

Things to Consider When Gamesharing on Xbox One

You should know a few important points about Xbox gamesharing before you decide to do it:

Above all, keep in mind that you should never gameshare with people you don’t know and trust. Providing someone with your account information lets them access the payment card attached to your account, so they could go on a spending rampage on the Microsoft Store.

Plus, since your Xbox account gets you into all Microsoft services, someone with your Xbox credentials can also access your Skype, OneDrive, and Windows 10 accounts. Thus, you should only do this with someone you trust.

Thankfully, you can change your account password and gamesharing will still work fine (preventing the above scenario). Just don’t change the Home Xbox setting and you’ll be fine.

Xbox Gameshare Made Easy

Now you know how to set up and use gamesharing on your Xbox One. As long as you do this with someone you know well, it’s a great way to cut down on gaming costs.

And now that you have all those gameshared games, you’ll need a place to keep them. Check out our guide to Xbox One external hard drives Everything You Need to Know About Xbox One External Hard Drives Here's our breakdown of how to use an Xbox One external hard drive, plus some tips and recommendations for you. Read More to find out how to get more space on your system.

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  1. Erik
    March 28, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    I am trying to gameshare with my brother and I put in his email and password but it is asking for his name and birthdate as well. Is this normal?

  2. Nate E
    October 25, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Say I'm considering doing this with a friend but my girlfriend currently uses my Xbox and has her own account because of the gold feature that allows numerous accounts in the family settings, will she be stopped from playing on our Xbox if I set his Xbox as my accounts home Xbox or will she still have access?

    • Ash Y
      October 31, 2019 at 7:53 pm

      It just means, the main Xbox (at your friends) has your account name saved in the background, but he will be signed into his Xbox account when he is playing games. You will do the same on your end (your Xbox, his account), but you will be signed into your Gamertag account. It only affects those 2 machines. If your girlfriend has her own machine its not shared. I have the issue of having 2 Xboxes in different rooms, an old Xbox one and an X. but can only share it to one. If she is on the same box as you, then she will just see the games in the install area when she signs into her account.

  3. Jordan Amor
    September 20, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    How does it work if I buy the ultimate team addition of fifa 20? Will we both get weekly packs?

  4. Shaun
    July 31, 2019 at 12:20 am

    This is crap 😡. Kids are playing these games. Another way to get to our children. Very angry parent.

  5. Sara Ewen
    June 8, 2019 at 3:56 am

    This is a horrible idea, especially for kids, who really don't understand all that is involved and all the personal information that is at stake. All it takes is someone getting pissed off and you could be out a lot of money, without much recourse.

  6. Excuse_My _Face
    February 4, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    I have followed all of the steps but none of the games are showing up in my ready to install tab, any suggestions?

  7. That Guy
    December 28, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    When the person I share with or I buy a new game, do we have to change "home xbox" back to normal before we purchase the game? Or just keep things the way they are and everything is good? Just confused because of the note stating you can only change 5 tines a year.

  8. richard
    December 7, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    with game sharing does your friend have to go directly on your profile to download your games? asking cause I was on ps4 and you have to do that

  9. Rick
    August 2, 2018 at 5:45 am

    So what if I want games that my friend have on his Xbox?do I sign into his name on my Xbox and make it home Xbox

  10. Sheila
    July 14, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    So my husband has Xbox live but mine ran out. But we are gameshared with each other. Why is it that when I go to the store it is asking me to buy live?

    • Ben Stegner
      July 15, 2018 at 2:59 pm

      If the Xbox you're using is set as his home system, and he has Xbox Live, then anyone signing into that Xbox can use Live. When you go to the Store, it probably notices that you don't have a Live subscription so it asks you to renew. But you do have Live benefits if you're playing on his home console.

  11. Really?
    June 29, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Is this legal? It almost seems to good to be true. Can my account get suspended?

    • Ben Stegner
      June 29, 2018 at 8:25 pm

      Yes, this is legal and your account will not be suspended for doing this. Microsoft specifically mentions this on the Home Console support page: https://support.xbox.com/en-US/games/game-setup/my-home-xbox

      It's a normal part of how Microsoft set this up. It allows, say, children to play games on their own accounts that their parents bought on the same Xbox.

  12. Idk
    February 26, 2018 at 3:45 am

    If I change my home xbox to my friends xbox and download my games on it. Will I be able to change my home xbox back to my xbox and my friend will still be able to play my games?

    • Ben Stegner
      February 26, 2018 at 3:22 pm

      The only way that other users can play your games without being signed into your account is if they're playing on your home Xbox. Thus, if you change your home Xbox back to your Xbox, your friend will lose access to your games.

      If only you will be playing your games on your own system, there's really no downside to setting your home console to a friend's system for gamesharing. But if you have people in your home who want to play your games as well, this probably won't work out for you.