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#272487 26-Jun-2020 20:07
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I have Excel on a couple of Android devices. I installed it a couple of years ago. It is the free version that doesn't have all the functions enabled but you can do the basics including creating new documents and editing, which is all I need.

When I went to install Excel on a Galaxy Tab S6 I am asked to buy a MS 365 subscription before I can use any functions other than being in read only mode. You cannot create or edit.

I thought perhaps Microsoft brought in the pay for all features in an update, but it appears to be linked to the tablet as I side loaded the version from one of the other devices and I was still asked to buy a subscription.

Does anyone have any idea why this might be happening?

It is borderline for the amount of use I have for Excel on the tablet to pay $120 per year for a 365 subscription. I know there are other options but I suspect they don't integrate nicely with One Drive.

One option if needed is to piggy back on my wifes 365 subscription and upgrade to make it a family subscription. If I did this, can I still access my own One Drive account or is everything linked to the One Drive acoount of the main 365 subscription?

Thanks for any help.




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  #2513262 26-Jun-2020 20:54
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It's only free for devices up to a certain display size, 9 inches or something like that.


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  #2513265 26-Jun-2020 21:09
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Technofreak: One option if needed is to piggy back on my wifes 365 subscription and upgrade to make it a family subscription. If I did this, can I still access my own One Drive account or is everything linked to the One Drive acoount of the main 365 subscription?

 

 

 

The Microsoft 365 Family subscription includes licensing for up to 6 people, and each person has their own One Drive allocation (of 1TB each).





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  #2513291 26-Jun-2020 23:04
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lxsw20:

 

It's only free for devices up to a certain display size, 9 inches or something like that. 

 

Up to 10.1" I believe is free. The Galaxy Tab S6 is 10.5"

 

You could try something like Planmaker Basic by Softmaker which is free.




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  #2513301 27-Jun-2020 00:53
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Thanks for all the replies and explanations.

The S6 is only marginally bigger than one of the other tablets but with the thinner screen borders and the different aspect ratio it blows through the screen size limit. Bugger!!!!!

Looks like the family subscription is the way to go.

I presume you can utilise/link an existing One Drive account to the family option.




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  #2513507 27-Jun-2020 06:39
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Try logging in with the existing Office365 subscription before upgrading to the family plan. From memory you can have more that one device on a personal plan.

OneDrive is fine, you can have multiple one drive accounts on a phone or tablet and switch between them.

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  #2513517 27-Jun-2020 07:47
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Try this, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.officehubrow
For some reason beyond reason I believe this combined app allows file creation editing etc on above 10.1" devices.



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  #2513673 27-Jun-2020 14:32
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1eStar: Try this, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.officehubrow
For some reason beyond reason I believe this combined app allows file creation editing etc on above 10.1" devices.

 

Thanks for the tip. I gave it a try but it didn't work.

 

Further investigation discovered my wife already was paying for family MS 365, so it was a simple process of getting added to that subscription. 

 

Thanks again everyone for all of the tips.





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