Gaming Gaming Services How to Redeem an Xbox Gift Card Apply credited codes and cards easily By Brad Stephenson Freelance Contributor Brad Stephenson is a freelance tech and geek culture writer with 12+ years' experience. He writes about Windows 10, Xbox One, and cryptocurrency. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Brad Stephenson Updated December 11, 2019 SarinyaPinngam/EyeEm/GettyImages Gaming Services Consoles & PCs Cheats & Codes Gaming Services Game Play & Streaming Mobile Gaming Tweet Share Email Xbox gift card codes are a special series of numbers and letters that can be used to add store credit to an account for buying digital products. Here’s how to redeem an Xbox code to use for video games, apps, movies, and TV episodes on Xbox One and Xbox Live. How Xbox Redeem Codes Work Because the account system that’s used on Xbox One consoles is the same one used for the Microsoft Store on Windows 10 computers, money added to an Xbox account via an Xbox One redeem code will also be usable on a Windows 10 device using the same account. For example, if you redeem an Xbox One gift card code for $50 on your Xbox One console, you could use $30 to buy an Xbox One game, then use the remaining $20 to buy an app or movie on your Windows 10 computer. Microsoft and Xbox accounts are the same thing. They simply use different names depending on what device you’re using. Because Windows and Xbox both use Microsoft accounts, you can actually redeem Xbox One gift card codes on Windows 10 and redeem Microsoft gift cards on an Xbox One. How to Redeem Xbox Live Codes Xbox Live redeem codes are similar to Xbox and Microsoft gift card codes but instead of adding credit to a Microsoft account that can be spent on digital purchases, it either activates an Xbox Live Gold subscription or extends the duration of a current one. Xbox Live gift card codes can be redeemed in the exact same way as the Xbox and Microsoft codes. How to Redeem Xbox Gift Card Codes on Web One of the easiest ways to redeem an Xbox code is via the Microsoft website. All you need to do is go to redeem.microsoft.com, enter your code, and select Next to immediately add the credit to your account. Before entering the redeem code, make sure you’re logged into the correct Microsoft account by checking your account avatar in the top-right corner of the web page. How to Redeem Xbox Gift Card Codes on Xbox One Xbox One gift cards can also be redeemed on any Xbox One console via the following method: Turn on your Xbox One and log in if you haven’t already. Press RB on your Xbox controller four times to navigate to the Store tab. Highlight Use a code, then press the A button on the controller. Press A to activate the on-screen keyboard and enter your Xbox or Windows gift code. The email associated with your Xbox account will be displayed above the white field. If the email address is incorrect, you may be logged in as someone else. To switch accounts, press the Xbox button on your controller, then select your profile from the left menu pane. Press B to get rid of the keyboard. Use the arrow keys or joystick to highlight the Next button and press A to confirm the code. It will now be added to your account. How to Redeem Xbox Gift Card Codes With the Xbox Apps There are official Xbox apps for iOS, Android, and Windows 10 smartphones, tablets, and other devices. These can also be used to redeem Microsoft and Xbox gift card codes. Open the Xbox app on your device. Tap the Hamburger Menu in the top-left corner to open the menu. Tap Microsoft Store > Redeem a code. Enter your code in the field and tap Next. How to Redeem Xbox Gift Card Codes on Windows 10 To redeem an Xbox or Microsoft code on a Windows 10 tablet or computer, make sure you’re logged in with the same Microsoft account as on your Xbox One console and do the following: Open the Microsoft Store app on your Windows 10 computer or laptop. Select the ellipsis in the top-right corner. Select Redeem a code. Enter your Microsoft or Xbox redeem code in the field. Select Next. The card’s credit is immediately added to your account.