Gamesharing on Xbox: Everything You Need to Know

Gamesharing on Xbox and it's series are discussed in this article. Also mentioned are the things you need to be careful about before gamesharing with others.

by Preethi S

Updated Mar 28, 2024

Gamesharing on Xbox: Everything You Need to Know

Content That Can Be Shared With Xbox Gameshare

Sharing games with friends and family is made convenient with gamesharing, which gives users access to digital video games on Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One in addition to premium subscription services like EA Play and Xbox Game Pass.

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It can be beneficial to share your Game Pass subscription with someone else because it's necessary to play online games. If you designate another person's Xbox One console as your Home Console, you can still take advantage of the subscription on that console.

Gamesharing on Xbox One

  1. First, use your Xbox account username and password to log into your friend's Xbox One. 
  2. Ensure that it is configured as your home console.
  3. To access the Guide, turn on your friend's Xbox One and press the Xbox button on the controller.
  4. Choose "+ Add new" after navigating to the Guide's left panel. 
  5. Use your email address and password or your Xbox account username to log in.
  6. Open the Guide once more after logging in, then navigate to the right panel. Select Settings. 
  7. You can also use voice commands, such as "Xbox, go to Settings" or "Hey, Cortana," if you have a Kinect. Access the Settings."
  8. Choose Personalization from Settings, then select My home Xbox.
  9. Make this new console your home console by choosing to use it.
  10. This console will now be linked to your online purchases, even if you are not logged in. 
  11. Press the Xbox button, navigate to the Guide's left panel, and choose Sign out to fully log out.

Gamesharing on Xbox Series X

Gamesharing on Microsoft's Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S is similar to Xbox One, but with some key differences. 

  1. To access your Xbox Series console, find a trusted friend with the same console. 
  2. Share your login information with them, and use it to log into their console. 
  3. Set it as your "Home Console" and enjoy shared games on both consoles. 
  4. Remember to only share your login information with trusted friends and never give it to strangers to maintain your account security.

Things You Should Know Before Gamesharing

  • To gameshare, only share your Xbox with trusted friends or family members and avoid giving your login details to strangers. 
  • Keep your payment info safe as your friend can make purchases with your account. 
  • Set your Xbox as your "Home Xbox" to access games offline, and ensure your internet connection is available when your internet goes out. 
  • Set up gamesharing again five times a year when switching consoles. 
  • Choose wisely and regularly share with one friend to avoid account lockout.
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