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Real name sharing on Xbox One

With the Share my real name option, you can let people on your friends list know your real name, and let them share your real name with their friends, making it easier to discover people you already know on Xbox Live.

How to turn on the “Share my real name” option

It’s easy to turn on the Share my real name option and select which friends you want to see your real name. Here’s how:

  1. Scroll left from Home on the Xbox One Dashboard to open the Guide.
The Xbox Guide is displayed on the Xbox One Home page.
  1. Select Settings.
The Settings icon is selected on the Guide, and the Settings panel is displayed, offering access to All Settings, as well as options to turn the Kinect mic on or off and to turn off or restart the console.
  1. Select All Settings.
The Settings panel is displayed over the Xbox Home screen, and the 'All Settings' icon is highlighted.
  1. Select Privacy & online safety.
The 'Privacy & online safety' category is highlighted on the main Settings screen.
  1. Select View details & customize.
The 'View details & customize' button is highlighted on the main 'Privacy & online safety screen'.
  1. Scroll right until you see Share my real name.
The 'Customize privacy & online safety screen' is displayed, and the 'Share my real name,' area is visible, along with several others.
  1. Select the current setting to expand all of the options, and then select whom you want to share your real name with. By default, all accounts are set to Block.
The 'Block' option is highlighted under 'Share my real name' on the 'Customize privacy & online safety' screen.
  1. You can also choose to share your real name with friends of friends. This would allow someone to find you even if they don’t know your gamertag.

How to turn off the “Share my real name” option

You can turn off the Share my real name option at any time by following the steps in the previous section and selecting Block in Step 7.

The “Share my real name with friends of friends” option

The Share my real name with friends of friends option lets you find friends you may not have realized were on Xbox Live. It also lets friends discover you through a mutual friend.

To find friends through your friends:

  1. Return to the Home screen by pressing the Xbox button  on your controller or saying “Xbox, go home.”
  2. Scroll left to open the Guide, and then select Friends.
  3. Select a friend’s gamertag, and then select View profile.
  4. Scroll to the right to view whom your friend is following.

Frequently asked questions

If I don’t share my real name with someone on my friends list but my friend does, can that person see my real name through friends of friends?

No. Your real name will remain hidden from that person regardless of whether your friend is sharing real names with that person. Your preference is honored first.

How do I tell if someone can see my real name?

Here’s how:

  1. Scroll left to open the guide, and then select Friends.
  2. Select that person’s gamertag.
  3. Select Relationship. Look for the Can they see my name? button under Report or block.

This shows whether that person can see your real name and which friend is sharing your name. If you want to change the real name sharing permission for this person, you can do it here.

Can I block someone from seeing my real name if they aren’t on my friends list?

Yes. To block a specific person from seeing your real name, add that person to your block list by selecting block under Report or block on that person’s gamercard. See Mute or block other players on Xbox Live.

Can other people see the real name of my child?

No. Real name sharing is not available for young children. Teens are able to share real names, but only if an adult in the family enables this setting for their account.

How do I edit how my real name appears?

You can edit how your name appears at account.microsoft.com. Select Your info, select Edit name, and then update the name you want others to see.

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