How To Game Share Xbox One To Share Your Library

how to game share xbox

Game sharing is one of the best features implemented on Xbox One. It is a simple process that allows you to give a person you trust access to your library of downloadable games and vice versa. This is a complete guide to know how to game share Xbox One to share your library.

At first, it might feel like a con or a scam, but it is possible to share your digital library with a friend or a family member. Not only that, they will be able to play the same game at the same time you are playing. Game sharing on Xbox is a great way to cut costs and get access to loads of titles that you or your friends technically don’t own. It works on both Xbox One S and Xbox One X so that everyone gets on the boat.

Game sharing is easy, but it also comes with few restrictions. To share on Xbox, you and your friend need to own Xbox One systems and Xbox Live accounts. Once you have both of these things, it is easy to get the feature working. 


How To Game Share On Xbox One: Steps

To share your Xbox One game library with friends, please follow the simple process below:

how to game share xbox
How to game share xbox

Step 1

Turn on your Xbox One system and press the “Xbox” button on your controller to open the guide.

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Turn on your Xbox One system

Step 2

Scroll to the far-left side of the menu and select “Sign In” by pressing the “A” button.

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Select sign in

Step 3

Pick “Add New” and then press the “A” button on the controller.

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Press the A button

Step 4

Using the controller, type in your friend’s Xbox Live account details such as email, then the password. After filling in the details, press the “A” button on the controller.

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Enter login details

Step 5

Then the privacy statement. After giving it a thorough read, select “Next” and press the “A” button.

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Select next

Step 6

On the next screen, follow the instructions to set the preference of your friend’s account.

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Follow the instructions


Now your friend’s Xbox Live profile is on your system, but there is a small process you need to follow to acquire the digital titles successfully.

Step 1

Press the “Xbox” on the controller and scroll to the far-left side of the menu again.

press the xbox button
Press the Xbox button

Step 2

Select the account you added and press the “A” button, select “Sign In,” and press the “A” button again.

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Select the account

Step 3

Press the “Xbox” and scroll to the far-right side of the menu. Select “Settings” and press the “A” button on the controller.

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Select Settings

Step  4

Then Select “Personalization” on the next screen, then select “My home Xbox” and press “A” on the controller.

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Select My home Xbox

Step  5

Select “Make this my home Xbox” and press “A” on the controller again.

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Select Make this my home Xbox

Step 6

Repeat these steps on your friend’s Xbox One system, only this time, add your account information and set their Xbox One as your home Xbox system.

Once you have added each other’s accounts to your respective Xbox One systems, you will be able to access each other’s digital content.

Xbox Live Gold Membership

Not only games, but you can also share an Xbox Live Gold membership with your friends and family members. It is a great way to split the cost between two friends per membership. 

The above process will let you share a single Xbox Live Gold membership with a friend or a family member. It is important to remember that as you can share one person’s Xbox Live Gold membership, any Xbox One games obtained via “Games with Gold” will no longer be playable if the account that acquired them is no longer on Gold level. To play those games, that person has to renew membership.

Any hidden conditions with this game share technique?

If you are looking for any special conditions attached to this process, there aren’t any. If you game share with a friend, you will have access to all their games, even titles from Xbox Game Pass, including free demos of your favorite titles. Games included in “EA Access Vault” (as part of game pass) and “Games with Gold” should be playable by game sharing.

Things to consider when game sharing on Xbox One

While game sharing with your chummy buddy is a brilliant idea, there are some downsides and possible risks. 

Remember these:

  • Only share with a trusted friend or a family member. This one seems obvious, but you are practically handing your account to another person. Your payment card is attached to your Xbox Live account, so they can quickly go on a shopping spree on the Microsoft Store. 

Also, your Xbox Live account is connected to various other Microsoft services. Someone with your information can easily access your Skype, OneDrive, and Windows account. So, game share with someone whom you completely trust.

    • Game sharing only works for digital games. If you are a fan of owning digital copies, then this idea will not work well. If you want to play the physical copy of the game, you will need the disk. It implies that you can not play the game on both Xbox One systems at the same time.
    • Game sharing is limited to two people only; you and your friend or one of your family members. You can share your account with only one person. Also, you can change the “My home Xbox” settings five times a year. So, later if you want to change who you are sharing your account with, you could easily do it with a click.
    • Microsoft has allowed game sharing on Xbox One for a long time, but it could be blocked in the future. Try to split purchasing digital games, so if game sharing is ever stopped, both of them can enjoy an equal share of fun on their profile.

That’s all you need to know about game share on Xbox One. Follow these steps correctly, and as long as you do this with someone your trust, it’s a great way to cut down gaming costs.

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