How to get 5 TB of OneDrive storage from your Office 365 Home subscription

How to get 5 TB of OneDrive storage from your Office 365 Home subscription

Summary: Every Office 365 subscription includes 1 TB of storage in OneDrive or OneDrive for Business. With an Office 365 Home subscription, you can share your account with up to four other people, giving your household a total of up to 5 TB of cloud file storage. Here's how.


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  • You get a terabyte and you get a terabyte and you...

    Office 365 Home (formerly known as Home Premium) is unique among the Office 365 subscriptions in that it allows you to share your subscription with up to four household members. Each person you add to your subscription gets a full 1 TB of storage in their personal OneDrive account and has the option to install Office desktop programs or tablet apps as well.

    As the account owner, you manage your subscription by signing in at You can completely remove an added user anytime. You can also deactivate another user's Office installation directly from your management portal. Your shared users get to manage their own accounts by signing in at with their Microsoft account, but they can't see any details associated with the account owner or other shared users.

    For more details about how OneDrive and Office 365 work together, see "Office 365 subscribers now have access to 1 TB of OneDrive storage."

  • Look in the lower left to check your available storage

    If your Microsoft account is part of an Office 365 Home subscription, you'll have at least 1 TB of storage over and above the default 15 GB every OneDrive user gets. Sign in at and look in the lower left corner of your OneDrive home page to see how much storage is currently available. Click Get More Storage to open the Storage Dashboard, shown on the next page.

    For more details about how OneDrive and Office 365 work together, see "Office 365 subscribers now have access to 1 TB of OneDrive storage."

Topics: Cloud, Microsoft, Mobility, Storage

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  • Quick Question Ed.

    Whats the maximum size of a file that can be stored. For example is it possible to store movies up to 7GB in size ?
    • The file size limit is 2 GB

      The limit is 2 GB, regardless of how it's synced. My previous comment that mentioned a 5 GB size was in error.
      Ed Bott
      • Thanks for clearing that up for me

        Mind you 2GB is reasonably generous. I shall need compress my mkv. format movies to mp4 prior to cloud storing leaving the original full sized files on the physical SSD Drive.
      • I'd suggest

        if you don't need the file to be available to you all the time, use winrar to split it and archive it that way. I have a huge 5GB video from our wedding which I split in 1.5GB winrar files. I don't care to watch it all the time so it is fine with me if I just have to locally unrar it to a single file when/if I care to show it.
    • MS Onedrive policy

      Be careful what you use Onedrive for as Microsoft actively deletes material:
      Alan Smithie
      • Wait just a minute

        So you found one vague, unsubstantiated example from 2011, and you use that as a blanket warning? Last I checked, OneDrive had something like 250 million+ users. Don't you think some of them would have complained publicly if this had happened to them? And yet no examples since that one.

        Odd, isn't it.
        Ed Bott
        • Microsoft's Response

          "As a general practice, we do not comment on internal processes; however, we have strict internal policies in place to limit access to a user’s data, and we have advanced mechanisms to ensure users abide by our Code of Conduct. For example, we pioneered automated scanning for child pornography through the PhotoDNA project – now used by other industry leaders. "

          Which means they are being bot (excuse the pun) scanned and no it isn't odd because it caused such bad publicity they probably had a swift internal change of policy on how they deal with it.

          Would you be happy if the bank opened yours and everyone else's safe deposit box under the auspices of have nothing illegal in there ?

          I would only ever entrust files to the cloud that are heavily encrypted which EVER hoster they are with.
          Alan Smithie
      • uh

      • Read the Link, I just need to understand what you are warning against

        I read the link and the link from that to the original story. The guy uploaded partially nude pictures, that Microsoft said violated the Terms of Service. Microsoft gave the guy the opportunity to remove the photos and his choice ???? Go to social media? Nice.
        The other article some guy uploaded a bunch of data and found out some of it violated Terms of Service, and apparently (again no reference to what he did or didn't do personally to remedy this for "two months") and his choice???? Go to social media? Nice.
        Both had the ability to resolve the issue on their own without creating a tempest in a teapot. Remove the offending files.

        It's not a privacy issue, its an issue of not abiding by the agreement as set forth. If you don't like the agreement don't take a company up on their offer.

        Microsoft established a "Code of Conduct" for OneDrive (SkyDrive). The code prohibits stuff. Where is the rub for you?

        For example, if you used a public storage facility (physical), most likely you would have to adhere to a "code" that said "don't store explosives". Not because the facility wants to know what is in an individuals locker but because the explosives are a threat to the public, "may" violate the law or ordinances of your area, and insurance on a facility that allows the storage of explosives is prohibitive to do regular business. If it was found out you had stored explosives, at a minimum they would require you to remove the explosives. At the maximum they would call the police and create all sorts of problems.

        Microsoft has a way of figuring out what you stored in their facility. They can "see" when you put it in and take it out, much like a physical storage unit. If they "see" you have stuff they didn't agree to you storing in their facility they have a right to ask you to remove it and live up to your end of the bargain.

        The point is, Microsoft offers a service, you don't like or can't abide by the TOS, don't use it. Find one that meets your particular take on the universe, get one of those WD drives you can access from the cloud. But if you do use their storage and don't abide by TOS, expect Microsoft to exercise their rights under an agreement.
        • Explosives

          Hmm, there's a good reason for that due to the fact they create one almighty bang and are unstable.

          I suppose the naturist society better look elsewhere for cloud storage then ?
          Alan Smithie
  • I'm thinking this might be the way to go...

    I've currently got 98 GB on OneDrive (50 GB paid plan + 48 in various free forms), and I'd like to also back up my full photo/video library (~200 GB and growing) to OneDrive, but the most I can buy is 200 GB (150 more than I have now). The 1 TB that comes with Office365 Home might just be the way to go, since I buy Office anyway (though usually with a school/work discount). Couple questions though:

    1) Can I install desktop Office on as many of my own computers as I want, or would each of my own installations count toward the quota of 5 "household members"?

    2) Is this 1 TB OneDrive offer limited time? The ad for it that appeared on my OneDrive account page kind of implied that it was (called it a "special offer", or something like that).
  • Aliases

    The 1 TB is very generous I know I need another option like Crashplan but I've been slow starting that process.
    Is it possible to use aliases to get a single 5GB pool?
    1. I wish the 2GB cap would be lifted
    2. I wish the sync engine host was more reliable. I've had problems since the beta
    3. I wish they'd return the Remote Desktop control from win 7
    That is all
    John Cary
  • Local cache settings

    I like the fact that I have all this space available in OneDrive. I did have to tweak the settings for offline/online access of the OneDrive folder, because now I have more files on onedrive than fit on my pc ;)