How to Create an Xbox Live Account Online

by Johnny Kampis ; Updated September 22, 2017

Xbox 360 owners who create Xbox Live accounts can access free features such as game demos and movie trailers. They can also download movies and games for a fee. These Silver users who upgrade to the Gold service can play games online against their peers and access more features with their subscription. If you want to start an Xbox Live account, you can do so online on your PC.

Go to Xbox.com and click on the "Join Xbox Live" tab at the top of the homepage.

View the list of services on the next page. Silver memberships also offer avatar creation and voice and text chat, while Gold members can stream Netflix to their consoles and use Facebook and Twitter on their Xbox 360 systems.

Choose the free or paid service and click the appropriate tab. Enter your email address on the next page.

Fill out the user information in the boxes on the following page. Here you can create your gamertag and pick a picture to represent you. (Once you access your gamertag on your Xbox 360 console, you can create an avatar.) Accept the terms of agreement to complete your application.

Enter your credit card information on the next page if you choose a Gold membership to begin your paid service.

Tip

  • Go to support.Xbox.com if you have any difficulty connecting your Xbox 360 to the Internet. Here you will find step-by-step instructions to complete the process.

About the Author

A veteran of the newspaper industry, Johnny Kampis has worked as a freelance writer since 2005. His articles have appeared in various publications including "The New York Times," "Atlanta-Journal Constitution" and the "San Francisco Chronicle." He currently serves as an editor of poker-based "Rounder" magazine and writer for the Alabama football publication "Crimson" magazine.

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