Amazon Prime is the name Amazon gives to its £79/$119 per year service that includes free one-day delivery, the Amazon Prime Video streaming service, Amazon Music and more. You can share that membership with one other adult and up to four children thanks to its Amazon Household feature. It's a useful option, especially during Prime Day which runs for two days this year, from 15th to 16th July (see our full guide to this mega sales event).
Without further ado, here's how to share your Prime account and benefits using Amazon Households.
Sharing Prime using Amazon Households
We're assuming that you are the Amazon account-holder, that you have Amazon Prime and that you're here to find out how you can share that with one other adult and up to four children. It's pretty simple to do and will help you make the most out of your membership fee, so it's worth doing.
If you haven't yet signed up, you can start a 30-day free Amazon Prime trial. Once you've done so, continue reading to find out how to share it with others.
First, you'll need to sign in to your Amazon account. Next, hover over 'Accounts & List' and click on 'Your Account' at the top right of the drop down. Then, click 'Prime' to be taken to a new window that shows the benefits you're entitled to with your Prime Membership.
Scroll beyond the 'Your Benefits' section and you should see a tab 'Share your Prime benefits'. Clicking that will expand the section to give you more details.
Amazon Household is what you're looking for. Click 'Manage my household'.
You'll then see more information about the shareable benefits, which we talk more about below, before being prompted to sign in using a second adult's Amazon sign-in details.
The second adult will then need to confirm that they want to share payment methods, Amazon content and services, Amazon Prime membership benefits and the management of child profiles by logging in to their account.
You can then click Create Household and set your content sharing settings. Finally, click Create Your Family Library to complete the process.
What Prime benefits can you share?
The second adult using your Amazon Prime account will get access to many but not all benefits of Amazon Prime. They'll get delivery benefits (including Prime Now), Prime Video streaming (but not the option to download), unlimited access to books, magazines and other content through Prime Reading, early access to Lightning Deals, and Amazon Family benefits such as 20% off nappies and baby food subscriptions.
Through the Family Library, you can also choose to share digital content like apps, eBooks, games and other media. This can be shared with up to four child profiles. Adults sharing the Family Library would need to share their payment methods.
What you won't be able to share is Amazon Prime Music and Amazon Video Channels, which is the service that allows you to add premium channels to Prime Video at a separate monthly rate.
Read more about sharing Amazon Prime benefits with Amazon Household over at Amazon.