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 it with their friends, making it easier to discover people you already know on Xbox Live.

Turn on the “Share my real name” option

Turn on the Share my real name option to select which friends you want to see your real name:

  1. Press the Xbox button to open the guide.
  2. Select System > Settings > Account > Privacy & online safety.
  3. Select Xbox Live privacy > View details & customize.
  4. Select Profile, and then scroll right to You can share your real name.
  5. Select the setting you want from the drop-down menu.

Note Your current display name can be seen under How you look.

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 5.

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 are on Xbox Live. It also lets friends discover you through a mutual friend.

To find friends through your friends:

  1. Press the Xbox button  to open the guide.
  2. Select People > Friends.
  3. Select a friend’s gamertag, and then select See full profile.
  4. Scroll right to Social, and then select Following to see the people 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?

  1. Press the Xbox button to open the guide.
  2. Select People > Friends.
  3. Select that person’s gamertag.
  4. Select Can they see my name? from the Report or block drop-down menu.

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 How to mute or block other players on Xbox Live.

Can people see the real name of my child?

No. Real name sharing is not available for young children. Teens can 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/profile. Select Your info, select Edit name, and then update the name you want others to see.

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