How to Give People Your Microsoft Points Via Xbox Live

by Ryan Spaulding ; Updated September 22, 2017

Items you will need

  • Microsoft Points (amount optional)

  • Xbox Live Silver or Gold subscription

  • Xbox 360 headset (optional)

Microsoft's Xbox 360 is more than just a home video game console, as owners are able to enjoy movies, music, online gameplay and even the Xbox Live Marketplace. Xbox Live allows players to go online with their Xbox 360 to not only enjoy online gameplay with other players, but also download music and videos, rent and watch movies and television shows, and even purchase video games all from the Xbox Live Marketplace. To enjoy all that the Xbox Live Marketplace has to offer, users must use Microsoft Points, which is Xbox Live's online currency, and users can give out points over Xbox Live.

Getting Started

Check that the Xbox 360 cables are properly connected to your television and that both are plugged into your wall power outlets. Make sure your Xbox 360 is properly connected to a wireless router, or cable modem to establish an online connection.

Turn on your Xbox 360 console by pushing the "On" button next to the USB ports, or by pushing the "Guide" button, found between the "Start" and "Select" buttons on your Xbox 360 controller.

Turn on your television, and change it to the proper channel your Xbox 360 cables are connected to.

Push the "Guide" button again to open the Guide window, and select a player profile from the "Sign In" option. Note you must be signed in to access Xbox Live.

Peel off the security backing from the Microsoft Points card to reveal the redeemable points code.

Sending Microsoft Points

Select the "Messages" option in the Guide window.

Select the "Create New" option.

Select the "Message" option.

Choose a Friend from the list of your online friends, or choose "Enter Gamertag" if you're giving the code to someone you don't have as a Friend. Note you must know the correct spelling of the Gamertag to properly send them the message.

Select the "Add Text" option. Note you can also select the "Add Voice" option if you have a Xbox 360 headset, but you only have 15 seconds to record your message, which may not be enough time to recite the 25 letter/number code, or the message may not be understandable.

Type in the Microsoft Points code, and click "Done" when you are finished with the message.

Select the "Send Message" option.

Private Chat

Plug your Xbox 360 headset into your Xbox 360 controller, and make sure it is turned on.

Select the "Messages" option in the Guide window.

Select the "Create New" option.

Select the "Private Chat Invite" option.

Choose a Friend from the list of your online friends, or choose "Enter Gamertag" if you're giving the code to someone you don't have as a Friend. Note you must know the correct spelling of the Gamertag to properly send them the message.

Select the "Send Invite" option.

Wait while the message recipient responds.

Tell them the redeemable code, and make sure they write it down. Have them read it back to you to double-check that they have the code written correctly.

Tip

  • Redeemable Microsoft Points cards come in 1600, for $19.99, and 4000, for $49.99, amounts.

Tip

  • You cannot give Microsoft Points that have been previously redeemed.

About the Author

Ryan Spaulding is a college graduate with a bachelor's degree in film and video production and an associate's in journalism. He was a writer and editor for Alpena Community College's monthly newspaper, The Lumberjack. He has also been published in The Alpena News, a daily newspaper.

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