How to Gameshare on Xbox One
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Gamesharing 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. In this article we’ll show you how to gameshare on Xbox One, explaining the process and noting a few important points.

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. Scroll over to the tab with your player icon and select Add new.
  3. Enter the email address and password for your friend’s Xbox account. Scroll back over to this tab and sign in as your friend if it doesn’t sign them in automatically.
  4. Press the Xbox button to open the Guide again. Scroll to the gear tab and select Settings.
  5. Go to Personalization > My home Xbox. Select Make this my home Xbox.
  6. Now, you can visit My Games & apps from the home screen (even from your own account) and you’ll find all the games Best Games to Play on Your New Xbox One Best Games to Play on Your New Xbox One Got a new Xbox One and need some games? You're in luck. Here are the games to get you started, no matter what genres you like. Read More your friend owns on the Ready to install tab. Select one to download it.

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

Things to Consider When Gamesharing on Xbox One

There are a few important points about gamesharing that it’s important to note:

  • This only works for digital games, so physical copies aren’t affected.
  • Gamesharing also shares Xbox Live Gold benefits Xbox Live vs. PlayStation Plus: What Do You Get With Each? Xbox Live vs. PlayStation Plus: What Do You Get With Each? If you're got a PS4 or Xbox One, you've probably thought about subscribing to PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold. Let's see what they offer gamers for the price. Read More , so you can take turns subscribing with your friend. Also consider an Xbox Game Pass What Is Xbox Game Pass? Everything You Need to Know What Is Xbox Game Pass? Everything You Need to Know Here's everything you need to know about Xbox Game Pass, including what games you get and how much it costs. Read More for exclusive deals on games.
  • Both of you can play a shared game at the same time.
  • You can only change the My home Xbox setting five times per year. This starts when you make the first change, so take care not to change it too often.
  • Do not gameshare with people you don’t know. Providing someone with your account information lets them access the payment information attached to your account, so they could go on a spending rampage on the Microsoft Store. Only do this with someone you trust.
  • You can change your passwords and gamesharing will still work fine (preventing the above spending scenario). Just don’t change the Home Xbox setting and you’ll be fine.

Now that you know how to gameshare on Xbox One, perhaps you or a friend are in the market to buy a new Xbox console. If so, here are the differences between the different models of Xbox One.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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:

      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.

  11. 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.