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How to Add Roommates and Family to Your Amazon Prime Account

A step-by-step guide to sharing your Prime benefits with family members, roommates, and other people in your household
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There are many wonderful benefits that come with an Amazon Prime membership — some of which you may not even know about. But did you know you can share these perks with someone you love? Actually, you don't even have to love them, merely live in the same household. So how do you add family members to Amazon Prime? Let us walk you through it.

Before you begin, make sure both you and your soon-to-be Prime buddy are present. At the very least, you'll need to be privy to some of their personal info, such as the login details of their Amazon account. (And yes, your recipient will need to have an Amazon account.)

How to Share Your Amazon Prime Account

1. Go to Amazon.com.

2. Hover on the "Prime" pull-down and click "Explore all your Prime benefits."


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3. Scroll to bottom of page and click "Share Your Prime."


how to add family to amazon prime

4. Sign in.

5. Enter the sign-in for the person with whom you wish to share your Prime benefits, and click "verify second adult's account."


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6. Confirm that you agree to share payment information. (You must agree to this to share Prime benefits.) Click "Create Household."


how to add family to amazon prime

7. Decide whether you want to share share apps and games, eBooks, and audiobooks. Click "Next."


how to add family to amazon prime

8. The next page will allow you to manage the content you share. You can also add children to your account from there.

And there you have it! Note that if your Prime buddy leaves the household, they won't be able to join another Prime household for a whopping 180 days. There is also a limit of four children, so if you have more than that you'll just have to pick your favorites.

Readers, what do you think of sharing Prime benefits? Do you feel like it's a waste of money not to form an Amazon Household, or do you prefer to keep your benefits to yourself? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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Stephen Slaybaugh is a Brooklyn-based writer with more than 20 years experience. In addition to his work for DealNews, he publishes The Agit Reader music webzine and has written for The Village Voice, Paste, The Big Takeover, and many other publications.
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12 comments
jcauthorn
I'm not seeing the same screen you are.
Does this need to be updated?
Ardbeg
It's best to keep your Subscribe & Save stuff under one account, though, because you often get a greater discount if you have 5 items in the same shipment (15% instead of 5%, on most items). You don't get that if the 5 items are split across 2+ accounts (even if they go to the same address).
dealnews-sslaybaugh (DealNews)
Khaino-
If I understand your question correctly, I believe so. Plus, Prime members get 20% off diaper subscriptions.
herbert68
Great hint, thank you! I'm a Prime member since many years, but did not know about the Prime sharing option.

I just added my wife, but on her account there seems to be no option to set up one-click ordering using our 'shared' payment info.
khaino
Can you still take advantage of 20 % off baby items via subscribe and save like amazon mom?
Lindsay Sakraida (DealNews)
@pmurray63

Yeah, I think Amazon added that to deter group sharing amongst friends. In theory you have to know the people you're sharing with pretty well in order to trust them to have access to your financial info.
pmurray63
"Confirm that you agree to share payment information." And there's the deal breaker.
Lindsay Sakraida (DealNews)
@ldevere Hey there, do you have a regular Prime account? Are you the account holder?
ldevere
Does not work!
Ardbeg
I've noticed the one random Prime benefit you can't seem to share is Amazon Music, at least through the Fire TV boxes (which doesn't seem to be quite as as good since they added Ultimate Music, but still has lots of worthwhile content). Which is kinda weird, since you can share the streaming video features. As such, if you want to listen to lots of free streaming music, it's still best to have your streaming devices logged into the main account.
ttv1566
i don't think this works with student prime, at least not for me
saavik
My husband and 2 sons has shared Prime shipping with me since we signed up for Prime which was years ago before Amazon started adding all the extra benefits. At that time you could add up to 3 household members to the plan. They've changed the sharing plan to only include 1 other adult but grandfathered us. We sure get our money's worth on the shipping alone. Others in my group can stream movies & tv but only one at a time can use that feature.
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