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How to Add 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 — you only have to 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 and sign in.

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


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5. 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

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


how to add family to amazon prime

7. 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; 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!


Former Senior Staff Writer

Stephen has been writing for such national and regional publications as The Village Voice, Paste, The Agit Reader, and The Big Takeover for 20 years. He covered consumer electronics and technology for DealNews from 2013 to 2018.
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5 comments
HoardingGene

I should be grandfathered in, but my wife and two kids vanished from my account when the changeover took place.

I'm not sure I understand what possible reason other than perhaps people adding those who are not family members, or that Amazon wants to cause family strife when someone uses the other's card without a "green light," but I find it terribly inconvenient.

waynehom

I'm still grandfathered in for the old Prime sharing of 4 adults. I'm afraid to make any changes, otherwise I lose the other 2. So, until they force me to do it, the 4 stay.

B1GDEAL

Unless you want to keep your browsing history and purchases private.

GiaHuy

Would it be better by using the same login, but using diff credit card for each person instead ? Or, does the Sharing Prime Account have option to use diff credit card for each person ? I am currently using the "using the same login, but with my own credit card".