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How To Share Xbox One Games with Friends



If you’re an Xbox One owner that likes to share with others, you need to know how to share Xbox One games with friends and family. Use this guide to learn how.

There are different ways to share Xbox One games with friends and family. Xbox Home shares digital 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. Thanks to profile roaming, your friend can log you in on their Xbox and instantly get access to your digital games from their account.

Disc games are even easier to share than digital games. You just hand over your disc. There is nothing locking a physical game to a console, but if there were bonuses redeemed with a code you can’t share those with the disc.

Here’s how to use these methods to share Xbox One games with your friends and family.

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. Your friend could buy games with your account and bill them to your credit card with this information, for example.

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 your Xbox One games with them, but it will keep anyone from signing into your account without your PIN or password.

The second reason you should be careful with this way of sharing Xbox One games is Microsoft’s account restrictions. 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 at home lose access. Thankfully, you can change your home console 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.

Select the circular icon in the top-left corner of the Xbox Guide.

Now use your joystick to highlight Add New in the Xbox Guide.

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 Home by pressing the Xbox logo on your controller and selecting Home.

Look for the tile at the bottom 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 important to know. You must provide your friend with access to your account, risking your account’s security. Anytime they log in to 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 on 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 titles 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.

Also, any downloadable content that you’ve purchased for a disc game stays with you. That content is stored on your console’s hard drive and not your game disc. You must share your account details with your friend or family member to give them access to your DLC.

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  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.

    • 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?

      • 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.

        • 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?

    • 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?

    • DC

      12/11/2017 at 7:34 am


  2. Mark braidwood

    10/20/2014 at 11:32 pm

    Is this legal ?

    • Sunblast

      12/29/2014 at 8:16 am

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

  3. Mark braidwood

    10/20/2014 at 11:34 pm

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

    • ion c y

      03/15/2016 at 2:45 pm

      Wanna gameshare

      • Edwin

        01/11/2017 at 6:05 am

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

      • 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

  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

  5. Jacob white

    11/11/2014 at 9:24 am

    Anybody wanting to home share with me?

    • Cameron Duffin

      11/16/2014 at 2:44 pm

      i will

    • ricardo

      07/27/2015 at 9:34 pm


    • Paul

      02/10/2016 at 3:09 pm

      I will

      • hugo elizalde

        03/14/2016 at 10:20 pm

        i will to !!

        • Andrew

          03/25/2016 at 2:54 am

          What games you got?

      • bobby

        03/15/2016 at 2:48 pm

        WWanna gameshare

  6. chris

    11/14/2014 at 5:46 pm

    looking for dragon age preorder game share hit me up

  7. Jaimie

    11/19/2014 at 3:45 pm

    Anyone want to share?

    • Matt hill

      11/06/2015 at 3:15 pm

      I will I have ac unity and black flag

  8. Jaimie

    11/19/2014 at 3:47 pm

    Anyone want to share?

    • 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

  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.


  10. hhanson

    12/05/2014 at 9:27 pm

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

  11. Ebony

    12/31/2014 at 3:34 pm

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

    • 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.

  12. Ryleys_fanpage

    01/02/2015 at 12:43 pm

    So I can’t do this with discs?

    • RealGreystone

      04/08/2015 at 9:07 pm

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

  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?

    • Kealii

      07/18/2016 at 8:29 pm

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

  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?

  15. devin

    05/02/2015 at 6:05 pm

    Can you share with more than 5 people

  16. kArEkA

    06/09/2015 at 7:50 am

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

  17. Holowforce

    06/12/2015 at 9:33 pm

    I totally works whit more people

    • Cameron colon

      06/16/2015 at 10:16 am

      Anyone gameshare I have ac unity and black flag blue estate

  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

  19. Anthony

    08/25/2015 at 9:53 am

    Can u share from the same friend more then once?

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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?

  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?

  23. Dejuan

    01/14/2016 at 4:25 pm

    Anyone wanna home share with me I want rainbow six siege

    • Fabyan Yglecias

      02/03/2016 at 11:05 am

      Me . Gamertag is OmniFries

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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 ????

    • Noodles

      02/27/2016 at 1:20 pm

      Change ur password!!???!!!

  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.

    • Franco

      02/02/2016 at 9:11 pm

      Hey somebody want share with me contack me from kik lokhoxsiempre

      • Bryan

        06/24/2016 at 7:31 am

        What games do u have

  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.

    • 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?

      • 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

      • Gregory Morgan

        07/03/2016 at 4:35 pm

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

  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?

  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

  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.

    • 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

    • 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

  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??

    • capone

      02/11/2016 at 2:40 am

      Only works with 2users

  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.”

  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?

    • Rainey

      02/14/2016 at 4:54 pm

      Changes, not sources, lol.

  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?

  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?

  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?

  37. Jr

    03/04/2016 at 1:17 pm

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

  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.

  39. Mike

    03/04/2016 at 8:20 pm

    Can someone share with me GTA 5?

  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

    • Wayne

      03/22/2016 at 11:10 pm

      my gt is Prekerator, i have a ton of games

  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 ?

  42. zaytezi

    03/19/2016 at 1:22 pm

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

  43. zaytezi

    03/19/2016 at 1:24 pm

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

    • Nikolaj BIRG

      03/20/2016 at 8:45 am

      Do you have black OPS 3?

      • 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?

  44. Nikolaj Borg

    03/20/2016 at 8:43 am

    Are there Anyone there have Black OPS 3?

    • jay

      05/05/2016 at 12:53 pm

      I do you wanna share
      Gt: GhostBoi717
      Add me

    • Backup

      06/28/2016 at 10:11 pm

      black Ops 3 is bad

  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)

  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?

  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?

  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

  49. jay

    05/05/2016 at 12:56 pm

    Anybody wanna game share? Xbox one

  50. PlayBoyjuggalo

    05/19/2016 at 7:54 am

    add me on xbl for xbox1 GT:playboyjuggalo

  51. mike

    05/26/2016 at 10:22 am

    gameshare gta v with me pls

  52. Ruben

    06/08/2016 at 6:04 am

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

    • 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?

  53. Caden

    06/28/2016 at 2:36 am

    Want bo3 message me Vegas93Gator Xbox one

  54. Gregory Morgan

    07/03/2016 at 4:40 pm

    Anyone have black ops 3

  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.

  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
    Text me at 250-802-7242

  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

    • 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.

  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

  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


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