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How to use your Xbox profile on another Xbox

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The latest version of the Xbox console software makes it easy for you to use your Xbox Live profile (gamertag) on multiple consoles (for example, at your friend’s house or on a second console at your house).

Use your profile on multiple consoles

There are two ways you can use your profile on multiple consoles:

  1. Download your profile from Xbox Live (recommended)
  2. Move your profile to another console using a portable storage device (flash drive or memory unit)

For information on how to download or move your profile, see Download, move or delete your Xbox Live profile.

Profile improvements and changes

Latest console software
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The latest console software includes the following profile improvements and changes:

  • You can download your Xbox Live profile to multiple consoles. However, you can only sign in to one profile at a time.
  • Your profile is automatically updated on your console and Xbox Live, whenever you sign in or out of your profile.
  • To help keep your account safe, you can choose to require or not require your Microsoft account password on any console. For more information, see Password-protect your Xbox Live profile.
  • If the last time you signed in to your profile you were using a different console, you’ll see a notification of this when you sign in. For more information, see Your gamertag was last signed in on another console.
  • It takes significantly less time to download your profile (called "recover" in previous versions of the console software).

Password-protect your profile

Because profiles can now be easily used on multiple consoles, we've added password protection to help keep your Xbox Live account as secure as possible. When a profile is password-protected, someone must know your Microsoft account password in order to sign in to your profile.

Note If you forgot your Microsoft account or password, see Find your Microsoft account or password. If you want to change your account info, see Manage your Microsoft account.

Profile downloaded from Xbox Live

After you download your Xbox Live profile to a console, you are asked if you want the console to remember your password. For information about how to require or not require a password, see Password-protect your Xbox Live profile.

Profile moved using a portable storage device

If you move your Xbox Live profile to a USB flash drive or memory unit, you will always be prompted for your Microsoft account password when you sign in to your profile (on the portable storage device). Previous versions of the console software did not require your Microsoft account. This password requirement can’t be changed and is meant to protect the security of your account, in case the storage device is lost or stolen.

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