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.
Press the glowing Xbox logo on the controller twice to open the Xbox Guide.
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.
Choose Add New.
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.
Once in the membership area, select the Share Gold on this Xbox button.
Now select Make This My Home Xbox.
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.