Learn how to change your gamertag on an Xbox One in just a few simple steps

how to change xbox gamertag my great capture screenshot 2018 03 16 15 18

If you’ve been on Xbox One for a long enough time, you’ve probably seen your fair share of terrible gamertags. For some of you, though, you are that person with the terrible username, but you don’t have to be. It might seem tricky to change your username at first, but learning how to change your gamertag on an Xbox One is easier than it looks.

What’s especially nice about changing your gamertag on Xbox Live is that you can make the change on a variety of platforms. Below, we’ll show you how to change your gamertag on Xbox One, and through Xbox’s website.

Keep in mind that Xbox only allows you to change your gamertag for free if your original gamertag was created for you when you signed up for Xbox Live. Anytime you want to change your gamertag afterwards, you’ll have to pay a fee (which varies by region.)

Changing your gamertag through Xbox One

how to change xbox gamertag my great capture screenshot 2018 03 16 14 54 52

Step 1: Press the Xbox button on your controller to bring up the Xbox guide and select your gamerpic, which appears at the top of the guide.

how to change xbox gamertag my great capture screenshot 2018 03 16 14 55

Step 2: Select “My profile,” then “Customize profile.”

how to change xbox gamertag my great capture screenshot 2018 03 16 14 59 46

Step 3: In the “Customize Profile” menu, select your gamertag to edit.

how to change xbox gamertag my great capture screenshot 2018 03 16 15 22 04

Step 4: In the editing screen, type in your new gamertag and hit “Enter.” If you’ve picked a name that is already active, or that Microsoft deems offensive, you may see an error message that reads, “Sorry, this gamertag is now reserved. Try another one.” If you do, try a slight variant to your preferred gamertag. You might also want to read up on Xbox’s rules of conduct to make sure you’re working with the rules.

If you don’t have a handle in mind, Xbox suggests some available options. If you don’t like any of the suggested handles, select “More” to generate a new set of potential gamertags.

how to change xbox gamertag my great capture screenshot 2018 03 16 15 21 39

Step 5: After you’ve chosen your new gamertag, select “Claim it” and then, “Sounds good.”

Changing your gamertag through a web browser

Step 1: Go to account.xbox.com, and sign in with the email address and password associated with your gamertag.

Step 2: From the home page, click on your gamerpic in top-right corner of the window. Using the drop-down menu, select “Profile” to go to your Xbox profile and activity feed.

how to change xbox gamertag profile 2

Step 3: Press the Customize button in the title card at the top of the profile page.

how to change xbox gamertag profile step 3

Step 4: On the customize profile screen, select “Change Gamertag.”

how to change your gamertag on an xbox one

Step 5: Enter in your new preferred gamertag, and then click “Check availability” If you receive a message saying that gamertag is taken, then try a slight variant on your preferred gamertag.

Step 6: After you find a gamertag that works for you, select “Claim it.”


Apex Legends adds its first new gun, the Havoc energy rifle

Respawn added the first piece of new content to Apex Legends, the Havoc energy rifle. It's available now for PS4, Xbox One, and PC players. The fully automatic rifle can be modded to shoot single-shot energy beams.

Lost your router? Here's how to find its IP address to help track it down

Changing the login information for your router isn't always easy, that's why so many have that little card on the back. But in order to use it, you need to know where to go. Here's how to find the IP address of your router.

Here’s how to set up a virtual private network (VPN) on your Xbox One

Online privacy is more important now than it's ever been, and gaming is happening online more than ever before. Here's a quick guide on how to set up a VPN for your Xbox One so you game in safe anonymity.

Xbox's app lets you access your console while away from home. Here's how

Microsoft's Xbox allows you to access your profile information and launch media content directly from your mobile device. Check out our quick guide on how to connect your smartphone to an Xbox One.

Speed up your system by tweaking the startup application in Windows and MacOS

Bothered by programs that automatically start when you boot your computer, or want to add a new one to the list? Here's how to change your startup programs in Windows 7, 8, and 10, along with Apple's MacOS.

Samsung Galaxy S10 optimizations make it great for Fortnite

Samsung's new line of Galaxy S10 devices have been optimized for gaming. All three offer improved support for the Unity engine and the S10 Plus also offers vapor chamber cooling, similar to the Xbox One X.

Having problems with your Xbox One console? We have the solutions

The Xbox One has evolved over the years, but so have its problems. Thankfully, we have solutions for some of the console's most enduring problems, whether you're experiencing issues with connectivity or your discs.

Did Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown fall victim to the Madden Curse?

Join us as we take a tour through the long-running history of the Madden Curse -- and Tom Brady's recent accolades. We all know John Madden is a longtime NFL talent, but is he also an agent of dark forces?

These are the coolest games you can play on your Google Chrome browser right now

Not only is Google Chrome a fantastic web browser, it's also a versatile gaming platform that you can access from just about anywhere. Here are a few of our favorite titles for the platform.

Need help getting the Sleeper Simulant in Destiny 2? We’ve got you covered

The Sleeper Simulant is one of the coolest new Exotic weapons you can unlock in the Warmind expansion of Destiny 2, but it's an involved process that will take awhile. Here's everything you need to know.

Want to trick out your PlayStation 4? These themes will get you started

Personalize your gaming experience with some of our favorite themes for the PlayStation 4, including free, paid, static, and dynamic options. Fan-favorite third-party and exclusive games are also included.

Fortnite squads up with Ninja, Chan, and Samsung for exclusive K-pop skin

The Galaxy S10 Plus has features that make it great for mobile gaming and just like last year, Fortnite and Samsung have joined forces to bring an exclusive K-pop skin to the phone. Here's how you can get it.

Between Intel and AMD, these are the best gaming CPUs at every price

What are the best processors for gaming you can buy? You don't need to spend a fortune to get an amazing gaming CPU and now that AMD is competitive again, there are more choices than ever.
Virtual Reality

HTC Vive Focus Plus makes it easier for developers to port PC content

HTC Vive has announced the Vive Focus Plus headset. The upgraded stand-alone headset makes use of "six degrees of freedom" support in controllers for a PC-like virtual reality experience.