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Password protect your Xbox Live profile

Xbox Live password overview

If you have more than one Xbox One or Xbox 360 console, or if you want to play games at a friend’s house, you can download your Xbox Live profile or gamertag to multiple consoles. For security purposes, you might want to password protect your Xbox Live profile so no-one can sign in using your profile.

Watch the following video for tips about Xbox gamer security.

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Set the console to remember your password

After you download your Xbox Live profile to a console, you can choose whether you want the console to remember your password.

Remember password option
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Remember Password

This Remember Password option determines whether you need your Microsoft account password to sign in to your profile. The Remember Password option is off by default, which means you’ll be prompted for your Microsoft account password every time that you sign in to your Xbox Live profile.

If you don’t want to be prompted for your Microsoft account password every time that you sign in to Xbox Live, select the Remember Password option.

Change the password protection on your profile

You set the Remember Password option after you download your Xbox Live profile, but you can change the password protection on your profile at any time. Here's how:

Don’t require a password to sign in

If you’ve password-protected your Xbox Live profile, you can change this the next time that you sign in. When prompted for your Microsoft account password, select the Remember Password option.

If you select the Remember Password option, you won’t be prompted for your Microsoft account password the next time that you sign in to your Xbox Live profile.

Require a password to sign in

Xbox 360:

You can use your Microsoft account password to restrict access to your Xbox Live gamertag on an Xbox 360 console. Here's how:

  1. Sign in using your Xbox Live gamertag.
  2. Go to Settings, select Account and then select Account Security.
  3. Select Password at Sign In.
  4. Select Require Password Here.

The next time that you sign in with your Xbox Live gamertag, the console will prompt you for your Microsoft account password.

Xbox One:

You can use a passkey to restrict access to the Xbox One console and your Xbox Live gamertag. See Require a passkey to sign in to your Xbox One console for more information.

Password protect your Xbox Live profile remotely

If you download your Xbox Live profile to another console and it’s not password protected, or if your password becomes compromised, you can remotely remove the password so that no-one else can access your profile. Here's how:

Step 1: Change your Microsoft account

  1. Go to accounts.live.com and sign in with your Microsoft account.
  2. Under Account information, click Change next to Password.

Note If the Remember Password option is turned on, other people can sign in to your Xbox Live profile. If you want to prevent this from happening, complete the next step.

Step 2: Require a password to sign in

Remove your Microsoft account password so that no-one can access your Xbox Live profile from other consoles. You can do this:

Computer steps: Remotely require a profile password for the Xbox 360

Note You can’t remotely require a profile password for the Xbox One console using your computer. You must set this requirement on the console itself. See the Xbox One console steps below.

  1. Go to My Account.
  2. Under Settings & Preferences, click Xbox 360 Profile Protection.
  3. Sign in with the Microsoft account (email address and password) that’s associated with your Xbox Live account.
  4. Select Require Profile Download to require that your profile be redownloaded from Xbox Live, using your Microsoft account and password, before it can be used on a console. Any existing copies of your profile will no longer work, and profile changes or achievements that you haven’t saved to Xbox Live will be lost.

Console steps: Remotely require a profile password

Xbox 360:

  1. Sign in to Xbox Live with your account.
  2. Go to Settings, select Account and then select Account Security.
  3. Select Password at Sign In.
  4. Select On All Other Consoles.

If you choose this option, all other consoles will require your Microsoft account password for signing in to or redownloading of your Xbox Live profile.

Xbox One:

The Xbox One console lets you sign in directly to another console. You only need your account email and password. See Sign in to another Xbox One console for more information.

Note If you believe your Xbox Live account has been compromised, go to Xbox Live account security.

Important If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it here.

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