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How do I share Amazon Prime membership?

Share Amazon Prime membership
In a generous mood? Read on...

£79 per year may sound steep, but you get a lot in your Amazon Prime membership – not only next-day delivery for thousands of products, but also access to the Netflix-like Amazon Prime Video. Even better, you can share Amazon Prime membership with a lucky family member for no extra cost. Here’s how.

Before you begin, bear in mind that the person you’re adding must live with you and have an existing, non-Prime Amazon account. Moreover, they won’t get all of the benefits of Prime for free (Prime Music and Prime Video Channels, for example, are excluded), but it’s still well worth doing.

How to share Amazon Prime membership

Rather sweetly, Amazon calls this process creating a “Household”. To start, sign into your Amazon account and navigate to the Manage Your Household page.

Share Amazon Prime membership

Click on the yellow Add Adult button. You’ll then be asked for their name and email address to complete the process. Alternatively, you can simplify the sign-up further by clicking “Sign up together on this device”.

If you opt for the former option, the other person needs to follow the instructions sent to them via email. If it’s the latter, they need to tap their Amazon details into the following form (or create an account).

Once that’s done, you have to authorise the debit/credit card(s) – after all, the other person will be able to see your payment details so make sure you can trust them. Then get stuck in and share the video-watching and, perhaps more importantly, shopping benefits of Prime.

However, if the worst should happen, the paying Prime member can boot the freeloader out of the Household. Go back to the Manage Your Household page, click the profile information on the left-hand side and select “Remove [their name] from Household”. And stay out!

Alternatively, if you’re the Prime sharer and are feeling guilty, go to Manage Your Household page and select “Leave Household”.

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About the author

Max Figgett

Max has written for numerous websites and magazines over the years. Whether it’s about ancient hardware or software secrets, no Big Tech Question is too obscure for him to tackle.

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