How to change your Xbox gamertag

You can easily change your Xbox gamertag. If you want to change the gamertag that we created for you when you first signed up for Xbox (meaning you didn’t choose it yourself), you can change it one time for free. After that, all Xbox gamertag changes cost extra.

If you created your own gamertag at signup and want to change it, you’ll be charged (fee varies by region and currency).

Note Microsoft can at any time deem a gamertag harmful or inappropriate (even if the Change gamertag tool allows it to be created), and we can change that gamertag without warning. For more info on why we remove gamertags, see Gamertag and Real Name on the Xbox Safety website.

Solutions

Change your gamertag online

Here’s how:

  1. Sign in to account.xbox.com with the Microsoft account email address and password associated with your gamertag.
  2. Enter your own gamertag or select one of the suggested ones:
    • If you’re making your own, type in the new gamertag, and then select Check Availability. If you receive a message that the gamertag is already taken, you’ll need to create another one.
    • If you want to use one of the gamertags that Xbox provides, but you don’t like any of the suggestions, select Refresh to see additional gamertag suggestions.
  3. Once you find an available gamertag, select Claim it.
    Note If you're changing the gamertag we created for you at sign up (meaning you didn’t choose it yourself), you won’t be charged. For all other gamertag changes, you’ll be charged (fee varies by region and currency).

Change your gamertag on Xbox One

Note Xbox One may not be available in all locales.

  1. Press the Xbox button  to open the guide.
  2. Select your gamerpic in the upper-left corner, and then press the A button  on your controller.
  3. Select My profile > Customize profile, and then select your current gamertag.
  4. Under Choose your new gamertag, create your own gamertag or select one of the suggested ones:
    • If you’re making your own, type in the new gamertag, and then press the A button  on your controller. If you receive a “That name isn’t available. Try a different one.” message, that means the gamertag isn’t available and you’ll need to create another one.
    • If you want to use one of the gamertags that Xbox provides, but you don’t like any of the suggestions, select More suggestions to see additional gamertag suggestions.
  5. Confirm that you want to change your gamertag.

After you confirm your new gamertag, the change is reflected across Xbox, and if there is an additional cost, the payment option associated with your Microsoft account is charged. You don't need to tell your friends that you've changed your gamertag—their Friends lists will be updated automatically.

Change your gamertag on Xbox 360

Here’s how:

  1. On your Xbox 360 console, go to social, and then select Sign In or Out.
  2. Select your profile to sign in.
  3. Scroll right to settings and then select Profile.
  4. Select Edit Profile.
  5. Select Gamertag.
  6. Select Enter New Gamertag.
  7. Type a new gamertag (up to 15 characters), and then select Done.
    If the gamertag you entered is already taken, you'll be prompted to try another gamertag.
  8. After you enter or select a new gamertag, select Yes, use this gamertag.

After you confirm your new gamertag, the change is reflected across Xbox, and if there is an additional cost, the payment option associated with your Microsoft account is charged. You don't need to tell your friends that you've changed your gamertag—their Friends lists will be updated automatically.

Change your gamertag in the Xbox Console Companion app on Windows 10

If you want to change the gamertag that we created for you at sign up (meaning you didn’t choose it yourself), you can change it one time for free in the Xbox Console Companion app on Windows 10. Here’s how.

Note If you’ve changed your gamertag before, go to account.xbox.com to change it again. For the steps to this, go to the Change your gamertag online section of this page.

  1. Sign in to the Xbox Console Companion app on Windows 10 with the Microsoft account email address and password associated with your gamertag.
  2. In the upper-left corner of the app's home screen, select your gamerpic.
  3. Under your profile name, select Customize > Change gamertag.
  4. Type your preferred gamertag, and then select Check availability.
  5. Once you find an available gamertag, select Claim it.

After you confirm your new gamertag, the change is reflected across Xbox. You don't need to tell your friends that you've changed your gamertag—their Friends lists will be updated automatically.

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