How To Share Xbox One Games with Friends

Three different ways to share Xbox One games with friends and family exist. The Xbox One has these options because sharing games with other people is a great way to get them interested in the titles that you like.

Xbox Home and Xbox profile roaming make sharing digital games easy. Xbox Home shares games that you’ve purchased from the Xbox Store with people on your console. Both you and your friend can play the same game at the same time. Xbox profile roaming keeps you both from enjoying the same game but doesn’t require you to change any settings at all.

Disc games are even easier to share. Every Xbox One console has a Blu-ray drive. You don’t change any of your account information or settings with this method. Instead, you just hand over your disc.

Here’s how to use these three methods to share Xbox One games with your friends and family, whether you downloaded the game from the Xbox Store or purchased it at a GameStop.

Sharing Digital Xbox One Games

These two methods allow you to share Xbox One games without leaving your house. You can only use them if you downloaded the game from the Xbox Store.

Game Sharing with Xbox Home

Have your friend mark their Xbox One as your home console to share games with them. To do this, you must provide them with access to your Microsoft Account. All your digital games will surface on their console’s download page once they are done.

Know that sharing games this way can be dangerous. First, you must give your friend or family member access to your Microsoft Account to make the change. They could abuse your trust by logging in whenever they want. Microsoft Accounts have your credit card information attached if you’ve ever purchased a game directly from the store. Your friend could buy games with your account and bill them to your credit card.

Solve this problem by going to their house and making their console your home console in person. Lock automatic sign in when adding your account. Xbox Live will still share Xbox One games with them despite the lock.

Second, you can only assign a single Xbox One as your Home Console. Because of this, setting the Xbox One at your friend’s house as your home console means any other people that play games on your Xbox One lose access. Thankfully, you can change your home console back to your own three times a year.

How to Change Your Xbox Home Console

Turn on the friend’s Xbox One and connect to Xbox Live.

Reboot the Xbox One.

Press the glowing Xbox logo on the controller twice to open the Xbox Guide.

Fix a frozen Xbox One game.

Push up on your left joystick to the user menu. Now choose Add & Manage from the list of options available to you in the Guide.

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Choose Add New.

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Enter the Microsoft Account attached to your Xbox Live Gamertag. Do not choose the “Like Magic” option. You want to force the console to ask for your password every time that you log in. This will keep your account safe.

Now that you’ve added your account, go to Home by pressing once on the Xbox logo on your controller. Look for the tile on the right side of your screen that has the GOLD logo on it. Select it to be taken to the membership area.

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Once in the membership area, select the Share Gold on this Xbox button.

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Now select Make This My Home Xbox.

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Sharing Digital Xbox One Games with a Roaming Xbox Live Profile

You can skip marking a console as Home and still share Xbox One games with other people. Just provide them with your Microsoft Account username and password. Digital Xbox One games are available to you wherever you are signed in. If your friend signs in with your account, they can download games from your digital library and enjoy them on their Gamertag.

This way of sharing digital Xbox One games has two advantages. Signing in to your own console will take away their access to your games instantly, which is convenient. Other people on your Xbox One console at home can still play your games too. That’s the other advantage.

The disadvantages of sharing Xbox One games this way are serious. You must provide your friend with access to your account, risking your account’s security. Anytime they log in on their console, Xbox Live logs you out, regardless of whether you saved your game or not.

Sharing Xbox One Games on a Disc

Sharing Xbox One games on a disc is simple compared to sharing digital games. No restrictions for physical games exist. Because it’s your copy, you can do whatever you want to with it.

To share Xbox One games on disc, just hand your friend or family member the game. Make sure the game is in its case so that it is easy to identify and has protection from scratches. Your account and game saves are safe. Xbox One stores this information on your console’s internal storage, not the disc.

Your friend may miss out on some content that you experienced with your disc game because some games have missions that require a code to unlock. These codes are in included with the game disc, but you can’t use them twice. Ubisoft and Warner Brothers limit this kind of downloadable content to a single mission or items to customize your character, so don’t fret. Your friend will get almost the same experience you did.

That’s how to share disc or digital Xbox One games. Remember to keep a watch on any accounts that you share. Also, ask for any disc games that you loan back.

8 Best Free Xbox Games

Warframe

Warframe

Many free-to-play games revolve around strategy or civilization building. Warframe is one of the free Xbox games that you can download now that doesn’t. It’s a third-person shooter.

The Tenno have just awoken after centuries of sleeping in stasis. Warframe takes its name from the suits that the Tenno use to do battle with the game’s other races. There’s the Greiner, who are clones of humans. The Corpus belong to a technology company with lots of robotic innovation at their disposal. Sentients consist of an alien race that’s back to do battle.

Warframe features both player-vs-player combat and a single player experience.

Download Warframe from the Xbox Store 

98 Comments

  1. Coperyte

    08/30/2014 at 5:10 pm

    Glad to see somebody educating the masses. Hope this gets around. Been doing this for a while. Me and my friend split the cost of games and basically doubled my game expectation. Gonna be no problem filling up my 4TB HDD in some years.

    Reply

    • sj

      09/01/2014 at 12:37 pm

      Can this sharing also be done with more than two consoles/two users? Also, can you both be playing the same game at the same time with no issues?

      Reply

      • MMA

        11/10/2015 at 8:46 pm

        Absolutely, only thing is that you can only change the “home console” three times a year, but if you’re only going to share games then there would be no problems for you.

        Reply

        • Tyler

          11/14/2015 at 9:45 am

          So you can do this between 3 xbox ones and all xbox ones can play the same game at the same time? How?

          Reply

    • Rytic

      04/14/2016 at 10:08 am

      can you play with each other, for example can i play with my kids in destiny without having to buy the game twice?

      Reply

  2. Mark braidwood

    10/20/2014 at 11:32 pm

    Is this legal ?

    Reply

    • Sunblast

      12/29/2014 at 8:16 am

      Yup. It worked very similarly for the Xbox 360, too.

      Reply

  3. Mark braidwood

    10/20/2014 at 11:34 pm

    Trying to get bf4 premium but my friend worried he will get a ban.

    Reply

    • ion c y

      03/15/2016 at 2:45 pm

      Wanna gameshare

      Reply

      • Edwin

        01/11/2017 at 6:05 am

        Yes ,just starting out man i have battlefield one ,1 Month of gold

        Reply

      • Edwin

        01/11/2017 at 6:05 am

        Yes ,just starting out man i have battlefield one ,1 Month of gold send me you kik

        Reply

  4. Alex

    11/10/2014 at 11:31 pm

    My brother has his account on my xbox as well and he downloaded halo chief collection on his xbox digitally, can I also play it on mine if he puts his Xbox as home and I have mine as home? And do I need xbox live to do so

    Reply

  5. Jacob white

    11/11/2014 at 9:24 am

    Anybody wanting to home share with me?

    Reply

    • Cameron Duffin

      11/16/2014 at 2:44 pm

      i will

      Reply

    • ricardo

      07/27/2015 at 9:34 pm

      XBL GT:HEYxSH1ZN1T

      Reply

    • Paul

      02/10/2016 at 3:09 pm

      I will

      Reply

      • hugo elizalde

        03/14/2016 at 10:20 pm

        i will to !!

        Reply

        • Andrew

          03/25/2016 at 2:54 am

          What games you got?

          Reply

      • bobby

        03/15/2016 at 2:48 pm

        WWanna gameshare

        Reply

  6. chris

    11/14/2014 at 5:46 pm

    looking for dragon age preorder game share hit me up

    Reply

  7. Jaimie

    11/19/2014 at 3:45 pm

    Anyone want to share?

    Reply

    • Matt hill

      11/06/2015 at 3:15 pm

      I will I have ac unity and black flag

      Reply

  8. Jaimie

    11/19/2014 at 3:47 pm

    Anyone want to share?
    XBL GT: JAIMIE HMFC

    Reply

    • Parris

      01/08/2015 at 8:11 pm

      Sure ill gameshare if you have gta V or nba 2k15 or Madden 15 i have assassins creed blackflag and unity

      Reply

  9. Wilkin

    11/24/2014 at 2:51 pm

    The Xbox website says: You can use games on the first Xbox 360 console you downloaded it to. Access to the game will also be granted to all users on the first console.

    DOES THIS APPLY TO XBOX ONE ALSO?

    Reply

  10. hhanson

    12/05/2014 at 9:27 pm

    you can only change “home” consoles 3 times per year…..

    Reply

  11. Ebony

    12/31/2014 at 3:34 pm

    Does this only work with Xbox 1 gold online access or any Xbox one access.

    Reply

    • Travis Pope

      12/31/2014 at 3:54 pm

      My understanding is that this works without an Xbox Live Gold account — the game sharing portion anyway.

      Reply

  12. Ryleys_fanpage

    01/02/2015 at 12:43 pm

    So I can’t do this with discs?

    Reply

    • RealGreystone

      04/08/2015 at 9:07 pm

      DUUUUUUUUH…. that’d be a digital download otherwise… -_-

      Reply

  13. Viper_Warrior

    03/01/2015 at 12:06 am

    I had no idea about the 3 times a year limit is there anything I can do about that?

    Reply

    • Kealii

      07/18/2016 at 8:29 pm

      I contacted Xbox Support and asked them to reset it so yeah I guess you can

      Reply

  14. anthony

    03/01/2015 at 5:22 pm

    If I do this with one friend and my home Xbox is on his and if I make my home Xbox on another friend will the first friend still be able to use my content?

    Reply

  15. devin

    05/02/2015 at 6:05 pm

    Can you share with more than 5 people

    Reply

  16. kArEkA

    06/09/2015 at 7:50 am

    Can I link 5 Xbox One accounts into my console? Oo

    Reply

  17. Holowforce

    06/12/2015 at 9:33 pm

    I totally works whit more people

    Reply

    • Cameron colon

      06/16/2015 at 10:16 am

      Anyone gameshare I have ac unity and black flag blue estate

      Reply

  18. Chris

    08/09/2015 at 4:07 pm

    I don’t have any games but if some one wants to hook it up my gt is Cheesewocky

    Reply

  19. Anthony

    08/25/2015 at 9:53 am

    Can u share from the same friend more then once?

    Reply

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    08/29/2015 at 2:17 am

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  21. joe

    12/29/2015 at 5:24 pm

    just got a xbox one for xmas. i had my cousin digitally install tomb raider that came with the console. only problem is he installed it with his account signed in. so now when i want to play the game, it ask to sign in using his live account. what can i do to play the game without signing in as him?

    Reply

  22. nate parks

    01/13/2016 at 4:00 pm

    when I log in it logs him off his xbox and vice versa. how can I fix that?

    Reply

  23. Dejuan

    01/14/2016 at 4:25 pm

    Anyone wanna home share with me I want rainbow six siege

    Reply

    • Fabyan Yglecias

      02/03/2016 at 11:05 am

      Me . Gamertag is OmniFries

      Reply

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    01/29/2016 at 11:36 pm

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  25. Yajaira

    01/31/2016 at 11:41 pm

    Hi i gaved my account to one of my friend but i dont want to share gold anymore is there something i can do to stop sharing gold plisss help ????

    Reply

    • Noodles

      02/27/2016 at 1:20 pm

      Change ur password!!???!!!

      Reply

  26. Tom

    02/01/2016 at 10:52 pm

    My friend give me he’s account so I could download mortal kombat x but it doesn’t show any of he’s games are up for download.

    Reply

    • Franco

      02/02/2016 at 9:11 pm

      Hey somebody want share with me contack me from kik lokhoxsiempre

      Reply

      • Bryan

        06/24/2016 at 7:31 am

        What games do u have

        Reply

  27. Fabyan Yglecias

    02/03/2016 at 11:11 am

    If someone gameshares me black ops , and then he gameshares with someone else , will I lose what he gameshared me? Also I have NBA 2k16 , madden16 , halo 5 , and GTA . I’m searching for RB6 siege , or Balck ops 3 with or without season pass.

    Reply

    • Christian

      03/06/2016 at 4:19 pm

      I can hook you up with black ops 3 no season pass though but could I have GTA 5?

      Reply

      • Nikolaj both

        03/20/2016 at 8:41 am

        I don’t have GTA on download but could i get your Black OPS 3? Please

        Reply

      • Gregory Morgan

        07/03/2016 at 4:35 pm

        I have gta 5 …..if you have black ops 3

        Reply

  28. Ro

    02/04/2016 at 7:52 am

    Question. We game shared gtaV and its downloaded on both. My Xbox name is saved as his home account. I live in tx, he in CO. When he tries to play he gets an error saying he needs to be signed into my account to play. I can play just fine. What gives?

    Reply

  29. Pamanvir

    02/06/2016 at 1:30 am

    Hey guy I wanna get bo3,I have fallout,battlefront,ac unity and more .if interested msg me on GT:LOLPWND4

    Reply

  30. Alex

    02/06/2016 at 10:25 pm

    So I really wanna share, but I doubt anyone wants Rise of the Tomb Raider and/or Rise of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. But if you do happen to want them then let me know. But if you have Destiny, pleaseeee share. I have it for PS3 and you can’t play a saved character on different consoles like that and I’m a poor lil high schooler who can’t get a job yet to actually buy the game.

    Reply

    • Cecel Marroons

      06/05/2016 at 4:54 am

      I have nothing to offer but I would love rise of the tomb raider and if in the future I get any downloaded games I will share
      Thx GT datdurpypigerin

      Reply

    • Rav

      09/05/2016 at 11:57 pm

      Hi brother, yes! I am looking for rise of the tomb raider, I have black ops 3 and fall out 4? Text me 250-802-7242 or add my gt

      ravster 101
      I need someone to game share with

      Reply

  31. Brad

    02/10/2016 at 10:07 pm

    ok what has happened to me is i shared with 1 person. both accounts on both xboxs, my accont on his xbox is set to home xbox n on my xbox under his account set as home xbox, sharin went good. but then i added a another account so now i have 3 accounts on my xbox but now set to his account on my xbox as home. i can play both friends games, but now the first person i did this with cant see my downloads, should we have all 3 account on all 3 xboxs to work??

    Reply

    • capone

      02/11/2016 at 2:40 am

      Only works with 2users

      Reply

  32. CogInTheWheel

    02/14/2016 at 3:59 am

    This is confusing and it’s mostly due to the whole “Home console” business. Setting my friend’s home console as my home console to share games just sounds like it’ll screw me (and my actual console) over for something eventually. Was going to attempt to log in to a friend’s XBO, he has XBLG and so do I, but this process is too Microsoft-ish :p

    It should give me a clear option that simply says “Share with [specific friend] console”. Not “set friend’s console, which clearly isnt your home console, to home console. By the way you can only do this 3 times a year and it’s early 2016…good luck and here’s the customer service number.”

    Reply

  33. Rainey

    02/14/2016 at 4:53 pm

    So, after I change my home console to my friends, download all his games, he then sources his home console back? Is that right?

    Reply

    • Rainey

      02/14/2016 at 4:54 pm

      Changes, not sources, lol.

      Reply

  34. Ragonk Force (@kruegskruegs)

    02/25/2016 at 10:40 am

    So once I do this the first time, then return my name to the home xbox, will i need to change the home xbox every time he buys a game? Or should I be able to download a game without doing that?

    Reply

  35. Dan

    02/25/2016 at 8:58 pm

    How do people sell a digital game online then as soon as its bought manage to share and sell it again if you can only do it 3 times?

    Reply

  36. Erika

    02/28/2016 at 11:16 am

    Ok so let me get this straight….setting home Xbox to my friends Xbox so she can play destiny….have another friend wanting to do the same with my acct for the division…if I let him change it to his home Xbox for division will my friend still have everything for destiny? Basically like a license transfer for 360 right?

    Reply

  37. Jr

    03/04/2016 at 1:17 pm

    Can you share downloaded maps like from a season pass black ops 3?

    Reply

  38. se

    03/04/2016 at 3:14 pm

    I had a problem with this, I let my friend set his console as my home so we can share games and one day when my internet was down I could not play any of my games not even my disk based games would work and the message that would pop up said that it was because it was not my home console.

    Reply

  39. Mike

    03/04/2016 at 8:20 pm

    Can someone share with me GTA 5?

    Reply

  40. Devin

    03/08/2016 at 8:25 am

    Does anybody want to home with me ? i am trying to get the Division and i can list all the games i currently have. i have the Crew Destiny Full set The witch 3: wild hunt State of Decay Mad Max Middle earth shadow of mordor Forza 6 Motersport Dragon age inquisiton Diablo 3 reaper of souls Halo 5 guridans Call of duty advaced warfare and call of duty black ops 3 elite dangerous Fallout 4 Evolve Dying light and dying light the follwing Evolve and the toons REbel galaxy adn Ark survival evolved

    Reply

    • Wayne

      03/22/2016 at 11:10 pm

      my gt is Prekerator, i have a ton of games

      Reply

  41. Jay

    03/15/2016 at 12:41 pm

    So if I down load a game from someone else account then they set there Xbox back to home or I log them out will I still be able to play the game I loaded ?

    Reply

  42. zaytezi

    03/19/2016 at 1:22 pm

    Can somebody PLEASEEE gameshare nba 2k16 on Xbox one with me PLEASEEEE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply

  43. zaytezi

    03/19/2016 at 1:24 pm

    Or nba 2k15 PLEASEEEEEEEE !!!!! #Xbox One

    Reply

    • Nikolaj BIRG

      03/20/2016 at 8:45 am

      Do you have black OPS 3?

      Reply

      • zaytezi

        03/20/2016 at 7:13 pm

        No im getting soon … Do you have nba 2k15 or 16 & willing to help a bro out?

        Reply

  44. Nikolaj Borg

    03/20/2016 at 8:43 am

    Are there Anyone there have Black OPS 3?

    Reply

    • jay

      05/05/2016 at 12:53 pm

      I do you wanna share
      Gt: GhostBoi717
      Add me

      Reply

    • Backup

      06/28/2016 at 10:11 pm

      black Ops 3 is bad

      Reply

  45. Keegan M

    03/28/2016 at 12:09 am

    Who wants to game share dark souls 3 with me? The early Japan edition (but still in English)

    Reply

  46. Theo D

    04/04/2016 at 5:21 am

    I gameshared with a friend but when I go to play his game on my account it says that I do not have the rights to play the game? any ideas how to fix this?

    Reply

  47. [email protected]

    04/09/2016 at 6:39 am

    If you are from a European Country and you pay your games with EURO, can you share your games with someone from England who pay his games with POND? Or does this not matter?

    Reply

  48. Kingers

    04/11/2016 at 9:19 pm

    I want Dark souls 3 right now. I’ll gameshare, you go 1st or you have no deal. Xb: Retrac Xersius

    Reply

  49. jay

    05/05/2016 at 12:56 pm

    Anybody wanna game share? Xbox one

    Reply

  50. PlayBoyjuggalo

    05/19/2016 at 7:54 am

    add me on xbl for xbox1 GT:playboyjuggalo

    Reply

  51. mike

    05/26/2016 at 10:22 am

    gameshare gta v with me pls

    Reply

  52. Ruben

    06/08/2016 at 6:04 am

    i would like to gameshare. i’ve got quantum break.

    Reply

    • Rav

      09/05/2016 at 11:52 pm

      Hi brother, I’ll game share with you. I’ve got black ops 3 and fall out 4? You down?

      Reply

  53. Caden

    06/28/2016 at 2:36 am

    Want bo3 message me Vegas93Gator Xbox one

    Reply

  54. Gregory Morgan

    07/03/2016 at 4:40 pm

    Anyone have black ops 3

    Reply

  55. Vonte Blanco

    07/29/2016 at 3:53 am

    I have madden 16 looking for bo3 or rainbow six siege or really anything aslong as I get something out of it.

    Reply

  56. Rav

    09/05/2016 at 11:50 pm

    Hi everyone, if anyone would like to game share I have plethora of digital games. I have black ops 3, GTA 5, Fallout 4, farcry primal and a couple other random games. I need someone to game share with too, I’m looking for ark survival evolved, Tom Clancy’s siege, and forza 6. My gamer tag is mochakeyboard
    Or
    Text me at 250-802-7242

    Reply

  57. David Power

    10/02/2016 at 3:10 am

    we tried cross platofrm horizon 3 with me on pc and my son using a family account and when he is playing it still says signed in on another device, even though im fully logged out of the home console. i guess cross play sharing doesnt work that way. any other ideas? maybe he needs his own gold account and not a family one? so basically it just kicks his account out of the game when i launch my account on here

    Reply

    • Travis Pope

      11/18/2016 at 9:25 am

      Your comments worried me a little, so I went back to confirm my earlier findings. Gears of War 4, which is a play anywhere title, worked for me. I logged into my PC using my credentials and let my girlfriend access the game from an Xbox One that was set to my Home console. We were able to get a multiplayer match going on both devices just fine.

      Reply

  58. David Power

    10/02/2016 at 3:11 am

    or on pc it will say profile has changed. the signed in profile has changed, the game will now close. i dont think it can be done with xboxplayanywhere

    Reply

  59. Brandon Muller

    11/23/2016 at 4:22 am

    You know I like the idea, but there’s something different about my Xbox One S, I don’t need to set it as their home xbox in order to game share, I keep it as mine and if I log them in and keep them logged in long enough to see their games on my Ready To Install, then I can log them back out and all their games are still there for me to install and I can play then without having to switch my x1s as their home xbox…. although whether or not I get to keep their games… not sure about yet, but I am thinking so because I have my cousin’s games and I didn’t want them, but they’re in my Ready to install list even after I removed her account from my xbox… like I said, I’m not a 100% on this yet

    Reply

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