Using a pass code and controlling access to Xbox Live on your Xbox 360

Overview

You can control access to your Xbox Live account from the Xbox 360 console by setting a pass code, or by requiring your Microsoft account password to sign in to your profile. For information about requiring your Microsoft account password to sign in, see Password protect your Xbox Live profile.

NOTE This article applies to Xbox 360 only. For the Xbox One version of this article, see Require a passkey for purchases on your Xbox One console.

Set a pass code

You can use a pass code—a button sequence on your Xbox 360 controller—to control access to your Xbox Live account. Once the pass code is set, anyone who wants to use your profile must enter the pass code before signing in to Xbox Live.

To set a pass code on your Xbox 360, use the following steps:

  1. Go to Settings, and then select Account.
  1. Scroll to the right and select Account Security.
  2. Select Pass Code.
  3. On your controller, enter a four-button code by pressing X, Y, the triggers, the bumpers, and the directional pad.
  4. Enter your code again to confirm it.

Now, when you sign in with your Xbox Live gamertag, you’ll be prompted to enter your Xbox Live pass code.

To change or reset your pass code, repeat these steps. You’ll need to enter the original pass code before you can change it.

I forgot the pass code for my Xbox Live account

If you forgot your Xbox Live account pass code, download your profile from Xbox Live.

Parental controls and online safety

The Xbox 360 console and Xbox Live offer a wide array of family and online safety options for your console and Xbox Live accounts.

Reset your Microsoft account password

For information about how to change your Microsoft account password, or what to do if you can’t remember your Microsoft account password, see Manage your Microsoft account.

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