How to Get Xbox Live Free: 4 Legal Ways to Play

You need Xbox Live Gold to play Fortnite and other online games

What to Know

  • Join Microsoft Rewards to earn Microsoft Points, which you can redeem for Xbox Live Gold free subscriptions.
  • If you're planning to upgrade, all Xbox consoles and controllers come with an Xbox Live Gold gift card.
  • Take advantage of free trials or promotions like Xbox Live Gold Weekends, which are sometimes open to all Xbox console owners.

This article covers four ways you can get an Xbox Live Gold membership for free.

Get Free Xbox Live Codes via Microsoft Rewards

Microsoft Rewards, as its name suggests, is a rewards program run by Microsoft that allows you to earn Microsoft Points and redeem them for a range of prizes such as Xbox Live Gold free subscriptions. You can also earn Xbox Gift Cards with Microsoft Rewards which can be redeemed for free Xbox Live Gold subscriptions as well.

Microsoft Points can be earned by completing daily quizzes and polls, performing web searches via the Bing search engine, clicking on selected links, and buying movies, TV series, apps, and video games through the Microsoft Store on Windows 10 PCs and Xbox consoles.

Make sure to install the free Microsoft Rewards app on your Xbox One or Xbox Series X console to gain access to extra point-earning tasks.

It’s very easy to earn points with Microsoft Rewards and simply completing the daily tasks can often be enough to unlock Xbox Live Gold free subscriptions on a very regular basis.

Get Free Xbox Live Gold Codes With Controllers and Consoles

All Xbox consoles and first-party Xbox controllers typically come with a free Xbox Live Gold gift card. The Xbox gift card can be redeemed whenever you like and it can also be given to a friend or family member for them to apply to their own accounts.

Only one user on an Xbox One or Xbox Series X console needs Xbox Live Gold for everyone to enjoy online multiplayer. You don’t need Xbox Live Gold for every player.

The length of the free subscription can vary from a few days to two weeks and you can add as many gift cards as you like to stack the rewards. For example, if you get a free 14-day Xbox Live Gold card with an Xbox Series X console and another with a new Xbox controller, you can apply them both to get 30 days of Xbox Live Gold for free.

Play Multiplayer for Free in Xbox Live Gold Weekends

Xbox Free Play weekends are special events that occur every Saturday and Sunday and allow for active Xbox Live Gold subscribers to play two-to-three video games for free. Occasionally, Xbox Free Play periods are accompanied by a special free Xbox Live Gold multiplayer promotion which allows all Xbox console owners, regardless of Xbox Live membership status, to play online matches as if they had upgraded to the Gold tier.

Such promotions are usually announced several days beforehand on the official Xbox Twitter account and Xbox blog.

Use Xbox Live Gold Free Trials

All new Xbox accounts are given a free Xbox Live Gold trial when they first log into an Xbox Series X or Xbox One console. While you likely won’t want to create an entirely new account to use for your gaming, you can create a new one to activate its free Xbox Live Gold trial, and then continue using your existing account to play online on the same console. Remember, only one account needs to have Xbox Live Gold for everyone to enjoy its benefits.

Your billing method will be charged when the trial period is over so make sure to cancel your trial before then.

What About Free Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Trials?

Xbox Game Pass is a Netflix-style subscriptions service that gives subscribers full access to around 100 Xbox-branded video games every month on Xbox One and Xbox Series X consoles. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is a higher tier of Xbox Game Pass that includes access to both the Xbox console and Windows 10 versions of the service plus an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

Much like free Xbox Live Gold trials, free Xbox Game Pass Ultimate trials can also be offered to new accounts or given away in the form of gift cards. Given that they contain a bonus Xbox Live Gold subscription, they are also a great way to gain access to Xbox Live Gold benefits for free.

What Does Xbox Live Include?

Xbox Live is the name of Microsoft’s online account system for users that play Xbox-branded video games on their Xbox consoles, Windows PCs, and via the cloud with Xbox cloud gaming. Basic Xbox Live accounts are completely free and provide gamers with the ability to back up their game saves to the cloud, connect with friends, and unlock Xbox Achievements.

An Xbox or Xbox Live account is the basically just a Microsoft account that’s used to access Xbox-related media and services. The same account used for Skype, Outlook, Office, etc can be used as an Xbox account by logging in with the same username and password.

However, to play online multiplayer titles such as Fortnite and Destiny 2, a paid upgrade to the Xbox Live Gold tier is needed. Fortunately there are a variety of easy ways to get free Xbox Live Gold codes that can let you enjoy some online connectivity without the need to pay for a monthly or annual subscription.