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Sharer plans

Data for the whole family

Share your data allowance across multiple O2 devices

Get all your family online with one of our sharer plans. Take a sharer-capable tariff, and you can share the data with up to nine other devices.  

Data allowances of 1GB upwards on phones (excluding our Unlimited Data tariff), and 3GB upwards on mobile broadband devices, come with the ability to share data.

How can I get it?

To get a sharer plan, you’ll need a phone or tablet on an O2 Refresh tariff with 1GB or more of data. This will be your lead device. It doesn’t have to be on a new contract – go to My O2 or come and see us in store to share your current data allowance.

Once you’ve got your lead device, you can then add up to nine other phones, tablets or sims to share its data allowance. If you already have additional devices that you want to add to a sharer plan, you can add them as soon as they’re out of contract.

Follow these steps to start sharing your data:

  1. To activate sharing, you’ll need to log in to My O2.
  2. Once you’re logged in, you’ll see a list of your Pay Monthly accounts, with a link to set up your shared data.
  3. Click the link and your lead device will be shown with its data allowance. You’ll also see a list of phones and tablets you can share your allowance with.
  4. Tick the boxes of the devices you’d like to share your allowance with.
  5. Select ‘Start sharing data’.

You'll see a message confirming that we're processing the request – it normally takes around 10-15 minutes to activate, but sometimes could take up to 24 hours.

With My O2 you’ll be able to keep tabs on how much data you’ve got left – download the app for iPhone, Android or Windows Phone 8 devices. We’ll also text you if you’re close to running out of data and you can always add a Bolt On or increase your allowance if you need to.

To find out more, speak to an advisor in your local O2 store or call us on 0344 809 0202.

Sharer plans are now compatible with our flexible tariffs. Meaning you can flex the amount of data you share, as long as you only move to another sharer-compatible tariff. For phones you can move between any of our tariffs with 1GB or more data (excluding our Unlimited Data tariff), and still share your data. For mobile broadband you’d need to move between tariffs with 3GB or more data, to continue sharing. Any changes will be made the day after your next bill date

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About sharer plans

Eligible tariffs

All O2 Refresh tariffs with 1GB upwards data on phones (excluding our Unlimited Data tariff), and 3GB upwards on mobile broadband devices, are eligible for sharer plan. Some older tariffs with 20GB or more are also eligible, but only if bought before 22 March 2017. Certain tariffs may only be eligible for a limited amount of time or be withdrawn altogether. Check this page regularly to keep up to date with eligible tariffs.

How sharer plans work

Sharer plans are Pay Monthly tariffs that allow the data allowance from one device to be shared with another. For example, if you have two O2 Pay Monthly mobiles in your family, and one is on an O2 Refresh tariff the data can be shared with the second phone. You just need to switch it to a sharer plan tariff once it's out of contract.

Your lead device can share its data allowance with up to nine others devices, either mobiles, tablets or sims. Extra devices can be added to your sharer plan at any time. And you can have more than one lead device too.

All mobiles or tablets using a shared data allowance need to be on one of our Pay Monthly contracts – sharer plans are not available for Pay As You Go or Business devices.

To track how much of your data allowance each device is using in My O2.

Sharer plan devices can only be bought in an O2 store or by calling 0330 8800 908. If you already have two or more devices on O2, log into My O2 to see if you can switch to a sharer plan.

Switching tariffs

To set up sharer plans, you'll need a mobile or tablet on an eligible O2 Refresh tariff. If your device has less than 1GB of data allowance, you'll need to increase it – you can do this in My O2 or by speaking to us in store or on the phone.

To buy a phone or tablets on sharer plans, visit your nearest O2 store or call us on 0330 8800 908.

Want to switch out a sharer plan and get your own data allowance? Log into My O2, choose the device you want to change and then select to change the tariff. You'll then be able to see all the tariffs you can switch to.

Sim only tariffs on sharer plans

If you'd like a sharer plan, you will need a phone or a tablet with an O2 Refresh tariff to be your lead device. However, if you buy a new device on O2 Refresh, you may be able to make this your lead device and switch your existing sim to a sharer plan. Speak to us in store or over the phone to find out more.

Managing your data

Use My O2 to see how much data you've got – you can also see how much data each device has used.

If you're running low on data, you can add a Bolt On, which gives you a temporary increase in data for the month. Or you might want to upgrade your tariff. Go to My O2 to check out your options.

We'll send you a text when you've used 80% of your allowance for that month and another if there's none left. There will also be a notification in My O2, where you'll be able to top up more data.

Setting up your sharer plans

Before you are able to share a data allowance across your devices, we'll need to activate sharing. If this wasn't done in store when you bought your device or sim, you can activate it in My O2.

Once logged in you'll see a list of your Pay Monthly account(s), with a link to set up your shared data. Click this and the lead device will be shown its data allowance followed by a list of phones and tablets that you can share the allowance with.

Tick the boxes for devices you wish to share with and – if you want – change the names so you can easily spot which device is which. Then click the 'Start sharing data' button and you're done.

You'll see a message confirming that we're processing the request – it normally takes around 10-15 minutes to activate, but sometimes could take up to 24 hours.