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Xbox Live social scene

You’ve got an Xbox 360 and want to connect with other gamers? Connecting is fun and easy on Xbox Live. You can attend and host parties, invite friends to play games, chat with friends, and much more. This page describes how.

Find friends and play games with friends

Xbox Live is a great place to connect with friends and make new friends. You can chat, attend gamer events, and share photos.

Let’s start by learning about how to find friends and connect with them by sending a friend request or starting a party.

Find friends and connect on Xbox Live

The social tab on the Xbox 360 Dashboard

Learn how to find and connect with your friends on Xbox Live. Find out how to send a friend request, start a party, remove a friend, and more.

Xbox Live Social

The 'Video Kinect' screen on Xbox Live.

Xbox Live messaging, chat, and parties let you communicate with your friends and other gamers. Learn how to enable chat and what accessories you need.

You can also use Xbox Live Beacons to connect with friends and other gamers. Beacons let friends and other gamers know when you’re gaming and what games you want to play.

Set and troubleshoot Xbox Live Beacons

Xbox Live Beacon symbol

Use Xbox Live Beacons to tell your friends what game you’re playing or which games you want to play on Xbox Live.

If you have a Kinect sensor, you can use it to take photos and videos and then share those good times with family and friends. It’s a great way to stay in touch. Here’s how to share photos and videos by using the Kinect sensor:

Share or delete Kinect photos and videos

Photo of an Xbox 360 Kinect Sensor

Learn how to take photos and videos with the Kinect sensor and share them with friends and family. Also, learn how to delete photos and videos from Kinect.

Social apps make it easy

Looking for an app where you can connect? We’ve got you covered. You can browse the Web, show off a customer-built Ford Mustang, or even order pizza for you and your pals!

Apps: All apps

Find Xbox Live apps that let you connect and interact with friends.

Help protect your family and privacy

The online safety of your family is a top priority. If you’re concerned about online privacy, we’ve got some suggestions for you.

Xbox 360 online safety and privacy settings

An Xbox Live avatar in front of the Xbox Live settings icon displayed on a TV
Learn how to protect your privacy and your family by managing online privacy and safety settings on Xbox.

Troubleshoot problems

If you experience problems, we’ve got solutions. Learn how to resolve problems with Xbox Live parties and Xbox Live chat.

Learn how to resolve problems with Xbox Live parties and Xbox Live chat

Two children playing Xbox 360, with a Facebook logo in the upper-left corner of the image
If you experience problems with parties or chat, we’ve got the solutions. Learn how to troubleshoot problems with Xbox Live parties and Xbox Live chat.

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