Xbox One Gameshare: How to share games on the Xbox One

Game sharing used to be as simple as handing your friends a game cartridge or disc, and while the advent of digital titles made this much harder, there is still a way to share your Xbox One games with others, with ease.

Setting an Xbox One as your home Xbox allows anyone that uses that console to play your games while being logged into their own account.

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This also applies to subscriptions for Xbox Live Gold, meaning friends can play online, as well as games downloaded as part of Games with Gold, EA Access and Xbox Game Pass. Additionally, your home Xbox can play your digital games when the console is offline.

It should be noted that you can only have one console set as your home Xbox at any one time, but you can still log into your Xbox Live account on other consoles and play your games while connected to the internet.

All of your game saves are automatically stored in the cloud when you’re connected online, so you can always pick up right where you left off.

How to set an Xbox One as your home Xbox

  1. Press the Xbox button on your controller to bring up the Guide menu, scroll right to the System tab and open Settings
  2. Head to Personalisation | My home Xbox. Depending on your sign-in and security preferences, you might need to input your Xbox passkey or Microsoft Account password
  3. Select Make this my home Xbox to designate it as your home console, or “This is not my home Xbox” to deactivate this feature

Switch your home Xbox to a different Xbox One

You can switch your home Xbox at any time from any console you’re currently logged into. There’s no need to first deactivate your current home Xbox, just follow the above instructions on the new console and it will take over as your home Xbox.

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Note: You can only change your home Xbox five times within a 12-month period, so you can’t keep switching back and forth. When activating a console, you will be informed of how many switches you have remaining, or you will be shown when your next activation will become available if you’ve reached your yearly limit.

Remotely deactivate your home Xbox

Even if you don’t have access to the Xbox One, you can also remove your home Xbox activation via a web browser.

  1. Visit account.microsoft.com/devices and log into your Microsoft account
  2. Sign into your account
  3. Find the console labelled as your home console and from the More actions menu select This is not my home console

This will only remove your home Xbox activation from the console. If you wish to remove your account from the Xbox as well, you will need to do so with access to the console.

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