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Share files and photos with family or Outlook groups

Note: Family and group sharing is included in all free and paid OneDrive for home (personal and family) plans on OneDrive for the web. This feature is not available for OneDrive for work or school accounts. 

OneDrive makes it easier to stay connected with your family members, or groups that you've created in Outlook. Simply sign in to with your Microsoft account to predefine your family group, or create groups of people, such as friends, neighbors, or sports teams in Outlook. Then keep in touch easily by sharing photos, videos, and files with one click.  

  1. Predefine your family group by visiting Or create a group of people, like a sports team, in Outlook.

    Note: You'll need to create a Microsoft family group to use this feature with your family members. Use a free Microsoft account, or the account associated with your  Microsoft 365 Family, or Microsoft 365 Personal subscription to create your family group, then proceed to step 2.

  2. Go to OneDrive and sign in with your personal Microsoft account, such as,, Hotmail or MSN.  

  3. Select My files or Photos on the left pane.

  4. Pick the file or folder you want to share by selecting the circle in the upper corner of the item, then select Share at the top of the page.

  5. Select Anyone with the link can edit if you want to customize access and edit permissions.

  6. In the Enter a name or email address field, type Family or the name of your Outlook group, like Soccer team. When you type Family, OneDrive will give you the option to share with specific members by surfacing their names, or you can select Your family to share with your entire family.                            OneDrive Sharing window

  7. Add a message and then send the invite.

    To learn more about sharing files and photos in OneDrive and permission levels, see this article: Share OneDrive files and folders.

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