How to Change Xbox Live Gamertag on Xbox Console

Introduction

Your Xbox Live gamertag is the name other users see when they interact with you online. Whether you outgrow your gamertag or you just want to change things up, Microsoft makes it possible to change your Xbox Live gamertag quickly directly on your Xbox console. The only caveat is that you can change your gamertag the first time for free, but there may be an additional cost if you want to change it again going forward.

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Steps to Change Xbox Live Gamertag on Xbox Console

  1. Navigate to the home screen on your Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S or Xbox One. Press the “Xbox” button to open a menu.
  2. Press the right bumper button to navigate over to your profile icon to view the Profile and System menu, and then click your profile at the top of that menu. The Profile menu is displayed.
Press the Xbox button on your Xbox home screen, and then highlight your profile icon.
  1. Click “My Profile” in this menu. A screen with options for your Xbox Live profile is shown.
Click My Profile.
  1. Click “Customize Profile.” The next screen lets you add or edit information associated with your Xbox Live profile.
Click Customize Profile.
  1. Click to select your current Xbox Live gamertag. The Choose Your New Gamertag screen is displayed.
Click to select your current Xbox Live gamertag.
  1. Enter what you want to be your new Xbox Live gamertag in the Your New Gamertag field, and then click “Check Availability.”
Enter what you want to be your new Xbox Live gamertag in the Your New Gamertag field, and then click Check Availability.

If your new gamertag is available you’ll be shown how it will look on your Xbox devices if you change it. There’s also a note letting you know that your previous gamertag will be released and available for others to claim. The final section lets you know that the cost of changing your Xbox Live gamertag the first time is free, but there may be a cost to change it going forward.

If your new gamertag is available you'll be shown how it will look on your Xbox devices if you change it.
  1. Click “Change Gamertag.” The Change Your Gamertag screen is shown asking if you’re sure you want to change your gamertag.
Click Change Gamertag.
  1. Choose “Change Gamertag” again to move forward with changing it. You’ll be routed back to your profile screen, where you’ll now see your gamertag has been successfully changed.
Choose Change Gamertag again to move forward with changing it.
You'll be routed back to your profile screen, where you'll now see your gamertag has been successfully changed.

Reasons to Change Xbox Live Gamertag

1. Name Conflict

Choosing a gamertag that’s already taken can be frustrating. To avoid this, consider changing your gamertag to something unique and personal. Experiment with different combinations of words and numbers until you find one that’s available.

2. Personal Preference

Reflect your current interests and personality in your Xbox Live gamertag. Don’t be afraid to change it as you grow and evolve. Consider your favorite games, hobbies, and pop culture references when selecting a new gamertag.

3. Outdated Information

Update your gamertag if it contains outdated information. Your gamertag should reflect who you are now, not who you were in the past. Consider a gamertag that showcases your current personality and interests.

4. Embarrassment

Feeling embarrassed by your gamertag can dampen your Xbox gaming experience. Choose a gamertag that you’re proud of and that accurately represents you. Don’t settle for a gamertag that makes you feel self-conscious.

5. Improper Content

Ensure your gamertag complies with Xbox Live policies. Avoid using profanity, hate speech, or other inappropriate content. A gamertag that violates these policies can result in a ban or suspension.

6. Easier to Remember

Make your Xbox Live gamertag easy for others to remember and spell. A gamertag that’s hard to spell or remember can make it difficult for friends to find you. Consider using a gamertag that’s short, simple, and memorable.

7. Branding

Establish your personal brand with a unique and memorable gamertag. If you’re a content creator or streamer, consider an Xbox Live gamertag that’s related to your niche. A gamertag that aligns with your brand can help you stand out and build your online presence.

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