How to Create an Xbox Account

Plus the difference between an Xbox Live account and an Xbox One account

Xbox accounts are a necessity for playing video games on Xbox consoles such as the Xbox One or Xbox Series X. These free online accounts are used to track progress on Xbox titles played, connect with gamer friends, and back up all data to the cloud for use on other devices or when upgrading to a new Xbox console.

Xbox accounts are identical to a Microsoft account. If you use Hotmail, Outlook, Office, Skype, Microsoft Store, or any other Microsoft service, you can use that account to log into your Xbox console. You can also use the account you use to play Minecraft or any other Xbox Live games on the Nintendo Switch and other gaming platforms such as Windows 10 PCs.

If you’ve just bought your very first Xbox console, you will be automatically guided through the account creation process during setup. You will also be offered the chance to log in with an existing Xbox account if you have one. If you’re about to use an Xbox console that’s already been set up, however, or you’re in a situation where you need to log into a friend’s console, you can still create an Xbox account on the console or via the web.

You don’t need to create Xbox One accounts for each console. The one Xbox account can be used on multiple Xbox consoles and even in Xbox games on the Nintendo Switch and on the Xbox apps on Windows 10, iOS, and Android devices.

You may also want to create a new Xbox account for a child so that you can monitor their gaming and add content restrictions. Here’s everything you need to know about making a new Xbox account if you need one.

How to Make an Xbox Account on an Xbox One Console

One of the easiest ways to create an Xbox account is on the Xbox One console. You can do it in a few easy steps.

  1. Press the Xbox logo button on your Xbox controller to open the Guide.

    Creating an Xbox account on an Xbox One console.
  2. Scroll left to the Sign in pane.

    Creating an Xbox account on an Xbox One console.
  3. Highlight Add new and press A on your controller.

    Creating an Xbox account on an Xbox One console.
  4. A keyboard will automatically appear on screen. Press B on your controller to remove it.

    Creating an Xbox account on an Xbox One console.
  5. Highlight Get a new email and press A to begin the account creation process.

When creating an Xbox account for a child, make sure that you enter their real age, not your own, so that you can manage their settings and content restrictions within the Xbox Family settings. You will be unable to change an adult account to a child account once created.

How to Make Xbox Accounts on the Web

In addition to creating Xbox accounts on an Xbox console, you can also create and manage an account on the official Xbox website. This method can be easier as you’ll be able to enter information with a keyboard and mouse on your computer as opposed to an Xbox controller. You can also do this before setting up your new Xbox console so that, once you do, you can quickly sign right into it with your new account.

You can also access the Xbox website to make a new Xbox account on a mobile device.

Here’s how to create Xbox accounts on the Xbox website.

  1. Open your preferred web browser and go to the official Xbox website.

    Screenshot of the Xbox website.
  2. Click the empty profile icon in the top-right corner.

  3. Click Create one!

  4. Enter your email address.

    Screenshot of the Xbox website.

    If you don’t have an email address, click Create a new email address to sign up for a free Outlook email. You can also click Use a phone number instead to connect your phone number to your new Xbox account in place of an email.

  5. Click Next.

    Screenshot of the Xbox website.
  6. Enter a password for your Xbox account.

    Screenshot of the Xbox website.

    For safety and security reasons, make a strong password that's unique to this account and be sure to use a combination of upper and lowercase characters and numbers.

  7. Enter your first and last name.

    Screenshot of the Xbox website.

    Once your account is created, you’ll be able to hide your name within the account settings on the Xbox console.

  8. Click Next.

    Screenshot of the Xbox website.
  9. Select your country or region from the drop-down menu and enter your birth date.

    Screenshot of the Xbox website.
  10. Click Next.

  11. You will now be sent a confirmation email to the email address you provided. Enter the code in the email and click Next.

    Screenshot of the Xbox website.
  12. Complete the security question and click Next.

    Screenshot of the Xbox website.
  13. Click I Accept. Your Xbox account will now be created and you’ll automatically be logged in on the website.

    Screenshot of the Xbox website.

You can now use your Xbox account’s login information to log in on your Xbox console and any of the Xbox apps.

An Xbox account is also a Microsoft account so you can also use it to log into other Microsoft service such as Skype and Office, etc.

How to Make a New Xbox Account

You can make as many new Xbox accounts as you want at any time by following the above instructions but it’s important to remember that game progress cannot be transferred between Xbox accounts.

Making a new Xbox account will create a completely new account with none of your gaming history or Xbox friends associated with it.

You also may not need to make a new account for the following reasons:

  • You can edit almost all information associated with your Xbox account including your name and Gamertag. You don’t need to make a new account to change either.
  • Xbox accounts can be used on multiple consoles and devices. The same Xbox account you used on the Xbox 360 can still be used on the Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, and Xbox Series X consoles. There’s no need to make a new account every time you buy a new console.

Do I Need to Create Xbox Live Accounts to Play Games?

If you’re logged into your Xbox console and you’re wondering how to make an Xbox Live account after seeing references to it, you don’t need to worry. A Microsoft Xbox Live account is simply another name for an Xbox account so you already have one.

You may, however, need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play some online games on an Xbox console. Xbox Live Gold is an online subscription service that gives subscribers access to online game modes in Xbox video games and several free titles to own every month.