How to share games on Xbox

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If you’re looking for a way to expand your game collection, you might consider purchasing more. However, this option might not be for everyone because of how expensive it might end up being. Luckily, you can circumvent this through the Xbox game sharing system, which is why this guide is all about how to share games on xbox.

Game sharing is one of the best features of Xbox consoles. It has helped many people find a whole new set of games without breaking the bank. This process allows users to share libraries of two Xbox devices. As a result, you can obtain more gaming choices without spending as much as individual purchases. In fact, this feature can also be expanded to Xbox Live Gold memberships such as Game Pass. Once the process is complete, you can access these subscriptions on multiple consoles, including Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

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Below, you'll find everything you need to know about how to share games on xbox consoles.

What you will need:

To begin, all you will need is your console’s and a friend’s console's login credentials. Since you will be sharing your password, make sure you only perform this with people that you trust. Other than this, you will require a valid Xbox Live subscription, an Xbox console, and a controller, and you’re good to go.

How to enable game sharing on your Xbox

This is a pretty short process if you want to share games on Xbox One or Xbox X/S. Here is a simple step-by-step procedure to enable game sharing:

  1. Boot up your console to begin.
  1. Sign in to your Xbox Live account if it is not already logged in.
  2. Press your Xbox Button. When the menu pops up, move to the left side of it.
  3. You will then see an option labeled “Add New.” Press “A” on your controller to select it.
  4. Now, you can add your friend’s account. Add the login details of the other account and press the “A” button to confirm the entries.
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen to continue. This lets you set your preferences.
  6. Once this is complete, press the Xbox button.
  7. Select “Sign in” and press the “A” button on your controller again.
  8. In this step, be sure to select an account that is not yours. Select your friend’s account that you just added in the previous steps.
  9. Press the Xbox button once again.
  10. Go to the settings option on the screen.
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  1. Select “Personalization” and then go to “My home Xbox.”
  2. Go towards the “Make this my Xbox home” option and press “A” on your controller.
  3. Repeat the same steps for the other console. The difference, however, is that this time you will have to log in with your credentials where you used your friend’s. So, in step 5, on your friend’s console, add your account details. Along with this, in step 9, you will have to select your own account to make it the default Xbox home on your console.

With these simple steps, you can share Xbox games with your friends and expand your mutual libraries.

Sharing Xbox Game Pass

The main reason people invest in a Game Pass is so that they can access a huge library of games on various devices. You can share your Xbox Game Pass with the same steps mentioned above to share games.

So, in order to share your Xbox Game Pass, change your Home Xbox by setting up your friend’s Xbox as the home Xbox. Once this is complete, both of you can access games using one Game Pass on either account.

Xbox game sharing limitations

Although game sharing is a great way to expand your set of games, there are a few limitations to this.

At one time, only two people will be able to share their libraries. This means that you are limited to sharing on two consoles. If you wish to share it with a third console, you will have to log out of one of them and stop sharing the library with that console. After this, the third person will have to go through the aforementioned steps from scratch.

Moreover, game sharing only allows you to share digital copies of your games. If you have a physical copy, you won’t be able to share it with this method.

Your console will only allow you to change your Xbox Home 5 times in one year. On your sixth attempt, you won't be able to change it, and it will remain the same as it was when you changed it for the fifth time. Therefore, it is best to keep track of the number of times you’ve changed it to avoid any issues.

That was everything that you need to know about game sharing on Xbox One and Series X/S. Check out these other guides that you might like the Xbox Series X pre-order guide, and Marvel’s Avengers pre-order guide. If you’re looking for something new, take a look at Xbox Series X vs. PC: How to build an Xbox Series X using PC components.

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