How to Set Up an XBox Live Silver Membership

by Chappy Sinclair ; Updated September 22, 2017

The Xbox Live Silver membership is available for free to all Xbox 360 owners. This basic membership grants access to the Xbox Live Marketplace, home to all game demos and Xbox Live Arcade titles. Netflix, content previews and chat sessions are all accessible by Silver members. One of the primary benefits of Xbox Live--multiplayer gaming--is not available to Silver members.

Turn the Xbox on. Remove any game or DVD from the disc tray. Scroll to the "My Xbox" tab.

Select "Join Xbox Live." Read the Terms of Use. Press the "A" button to agree to the Terms of Use.

Use the virtual keyboard to enter a "Gamertag," which will be your identity associated with Xbox Live.

Create a Windows Live ID. If you already have one, you can associate it with your Xbox. Otherwise, you will be required to create a new one. Enter a language, date of birth, name, address and valid email address. Accept the Terms of Use by pressing the "A" button.

Select the "Silver Membership" option. Select a gamer picture. Select a gaming level (for a Silver account, it does not matter which one you choose). Press "A" to complete the registration.

About the Author

Chappy Sinclair has been writing professionally since 2006. He has been able to share his gaming and computer-related impressions and opinions on a national scale with published submissions in "PC Gamer Magazine" and "Maximum PC." Sinclair is currently studying for an aeronautical degree in navigation and avionics at the American Academy of Aeronautics.