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There are a lot of things in life I don’t like to share, but I do like to share my Amazon Prime. In fact, I’m a fan of bartering digital subscriptions. I’ll share my Amazon Prime if you give me your Netflix login. And so on.
Thankfully, it’s actually pretty easy to share an Amazon Prime account among multiple people for the same address, but it’s possible even if you have people on the account with different addresses. And at $139 a year, you could even call it a smart financial choice.
We see two different ways to share an Amazon Prime membership. Hopefully this helps you decide which way is right for you!
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1. How to share your Prime account with Amazon Household
The Amazon-endorsed way to share you membership is with Amazon Household — a feature that allows a few family members to share Prime benefits and only pay one $139 Prime subscription fee per year. Here’s how you can create up to two adult, four teen and four child profiles:
- Log into Amazon and visit Amazon Household.
- Enter the email address of the person you want to add to your account.
- Agree to share your Amazon wallet with the other person.
- Choose which digital content you want to share – and which you don’t.
- Send the invite. It will be valid for 14 days.
- Once the other person goes through the onboarding process laid out in the email, they’ll have immediate access to your Prime account.
Pros of Amazon Household
- You can share all your Prime benefits, not just the free two-day shipping. This includes Prime video, unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos, free Kindle books, unlimited audio with Audible Channels, and more. (You aren’t required to share these digital items, but you can.)
- You can’t see the other adult’s purchase history or order information, so you can still buy gifts for each other. Or, you know, just have a little privacy.
- Teens can get their own special login but parents can still approve Amazon purchases via text.
- Kids (under 13) can get access to educational material through Kindle FreeTime, but parents have control over what content they are able to see, plus shopping is disabled. Phew.
- Amazon Household allows you to create a Family Library that you can share with other users on your account.
Cons of Amazon Household
- You can only share with one other adult, which means you can’t share your Prime Video account with your mom and your brother and also your husband. It’s really meant to be just for the people living in your actual household.
- You have to agree to share “wallets” (aka credit/debit cards.)
- If someone from your Household leaves, they won’t be able to join your account again for 180 days.
2. How to share your Amazon Prime login
Amazon makes sharing with people who don’t live with you pretty easy to take advantage of: There are no limits to how many addresses you can have in your Amazon address book, and no limits to how many credit/debit cards you can store in your account.
So if you have an Amazon Prime account, your BFF can sign in using your login info, buy her stuff using her own credit card, and ship to herself by adding her address to your address book.
But trust is key here, folks.
Things can get awkward pretty quickly with this method if you aren’t careful. So should you choose to go this route, keep it limited to just a few super close family members and friends you trust.
Pros of sharing an Amazon Prime login
- More than two adults can share one Amazon Prime account. That means free two-day shipping and Prime Video for your sister, girlfriend, bestie, etc. with no extra fee. Using this method, there’s no limit to the number of people who can use Amazon Prime video at once.
- Save a ton of money on an annual basis. You either get karma points by sharing your account access with others for nothing, or you can split the bill with the other adults accessing your account to bring your own costs down.
- You can set up a swap with friends. Maybe you share your Amazon account password and they share their password for Paramount+ or some other streaming service. This isn’t necessarily a practice that’s endorsed by streaming companies, and in some cases it may be against a company’s user agreement. But there’s not really any enforcement of these rules. For example, I’m still sharing Netflix with my sibling even after they threw their fit this Spring over password sharing.
Cons of sharing an Amazon Prime login
- You have to trust the others not to make purchases using someone else’s saved payment method. (Even accidentally! Been on both ends of that one.)
- You have to be okay with seeing each other’s purchases and order history.
- The people who aren’t account owners receive no other Prime benefits besides the free, two-day shipping and, if they choose to use it, Prime Video on their device.
Do you share your Amazon Prime account? Let us know your experience in the comments!