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. And at $119 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!
1. Share an 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.
2. Pros of sharing an Amazon Prime login:
- More than two adults can share one Amazon Prime account.
3. 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.
4. Here’s how to share your Amazon Prime the “traditional” way.
The way to share if you’re playing by Amazon’s rules is through using Amazon Household — a feature that allows a few family members to share Prime benefits and only pay one $119 Prime subscription fee per year. You can create up to two adult, four teen and four child profiles.
5. Here are the pros of Amazon Household:
- You can share all the 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 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.
6. Here are the cons of Amazon Household:
- You can only share with one other adult, up to four teens (ages 13 through 17), and four children under 13. I don’t know about you, but the thought of having eight kids on my account is just too. damn. many.
- You have to agree to share “wallets” (aka credit/debit cards)
To get started creating your Amazon Household, select “Add an adult” under “Create your household now.” Have the other adult verify the existing Amazon account or create a new account. Boom, done.