How to upgrade Office 365 Personal to Home edition so you can use it on more devices

Office 365 is a great way to access Microsoft's suite of office tools on a subscription basis. It ensures you won't be left in the dust when a new version of the product comes out, because your Office is going to be kept up to date as long as you're a subscriber. Did you start with Office 365 Personal but now need Office on multiple computers, tablets, and phones? No problem. Upgrading from Personal to Home edition won't take long.

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Comparing Office 365 subscriptions

There are a couple of options to choose from when purchasing a subscription. Both get you access to classic Office tools like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Where the subscriptions differ, however, is in how many individual devices can use Office 365 simultaneously, as well as how many users get an Office 365 license.

Edition PCs Tablets Phones Licensed users
Personal 1 1 1 1
Home 5 5 5 6

On top of the number of devices that can be used, included OneDrive storage also differs between Personal and Home subscriptions. With a Personal plan, you'll get 1 TB of OneDrive storage for one user. If there are more people vying for space, a Home subscription gets 1 TB of OneDrive storage for six people. That's 6 TB total storage spread out over the six licensed users.

Note that in the past you were only able to install Office 365 on a certain number of devices; this has now changed to an unlimited number of devices, though you can only be signed in on up to five devices at once.

If you initially purchased Office 365 Personal but now need Office for multiple people, fret not. Upgrading to Office 365 Home from Personal is a snap.

How to upgrade to Office 365 Home using a product key

If you bought a physical copy of Office 365 Home from a brick and mortar store — usually either a box, a card, or a receipt — the product key will be located on the packaging. Follow these steps to upgrade. Remember that only one subscription can be linked per account, so your Personal subscription will be gone following your upgrade to Home. Any time remaining in your existing Personal subscription will be added to your new Home subscription.

  1. Navigate to www.office.com/setup using your favorite web browser.
  2. Click Sign in.
  3. Type your Microsoft account name or number and hit Tab on your keyboard.

    Click Sign in. Type your Microsoft account name or number.

  4. Type your Microsoft account password.
  5. Click Sign in.

    Type your Microsoft account password. Click Sign in.

  6. Type in the product key found on the physical copy of Office 365 Home.
  7. Click the dropdown arrow beneath Country or region and click your country of residence.

    Type the product key found on your physical copy. Click the dropdown arrow beneath Country or region and click your country of residence.

  8. Click the dropdown arrow beneath Your language and click your language.
  9. Click Next.

    Click the dropdown arrow beneath Your language and click your language. Click Next.

Microsoft will verify your information and your subscription will change to Office 365 Home. Your subscription time will be extended one year past however much time you had remaining on your Personal subscription.

How to upgrade to Office 365 Home without a product key

If you want to upgrade to Office 365 Home straight from your PC, follow these steps. Remember that only one subscription can be linked per account, so your Personal subscription will be gone following your upgrade to Home. The time remaining in your existing subscription will be added to your new subscription.

  1. Navigate to the Office 365 product page at the Microsoft Store.
  2. Click Sign in. If the account name associated with your Office 365 Personal account is displayed here, skip ahead to step 5.
  3. Type your username and hit Enter on your keyboard.

    Click Sign in. Type your username and hit Enter.

  4. Type your password and hit Enter on your keyboard..
  5. Click a renewal option. Here you can choose from monthly or yearly.

    Type your password and hit Enter. Click a renewal option.

  6. Click Buy and download now.
  7. Click Checkout.

    Click Buy and download now. Click Checkout.

Your new one-year subscription to Office 365 Home will be added to however much time is remaining on your current Personal subscription.

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Whether you need a license for yourself or for up to six people, there's an Office 365 subscription ready to be used.

For one user

Office 365 Personal

Go with yearly or monthly plans depending on your budget.

Featuring essential apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access, Office 365 Personal is the real deal. Included 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage makes the deal even better.

If it's just you who needs Office 365, the Personal plan will save you money. It's available yearly for $70, but you can also go with a monthly payment of $7. Start here, and if you need Office 365 for more users, you can always upgrade using the steps above.

For six users

Office 365 Home

Get everyone to chip in for a great deal.

It has all the same apps and services as the Office 365 Personal plan, but it includes a license for six separate users. OneDrive storage is included, with 1 TB for each user.

Need Office 365 for the whole family? Want to chip in and share it with a few people? Office 365 Home provides licenses for six people, and it's just $100 for a yearly plan. You can also opt for a monthly deal that costs $10.

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