How to Redeem a Code on the Xbox One and Xbox 360
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How to Redeem a Code on the Xbox One and Xbox 360



The Xbox One and Xbox 360 are two of the best gaming consoles available. Together they both represent how different technologies, that is hardware and software, can come together to create something bigger than just a video gaming machine.

To satisfy these users Microsoft makes content available for purchase in its Xbox Store. Users can purchase television shows, movies, game-add-ons and more thanks to prepaid cards and small QR codes that are available at local stores and inside games they already own.

Here’s how to redeem a code on the Xbox One and Xbox 360 for store credit, game add-ons, television shows and more.

Redeeming a code on the Xbox One

The Xbox One makes it very easy for users to redeem a code for a game or add-on. Once you’ve scratched away the covering to reveal a code on a prepaid card or have a square-shaped QR code from a game. Simply stand in front of your Xbox One with Kinect enabled and say, “Xbox, use a code.” The Xbox will immediately try to direct any QR codes it sees.

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You can also enter the numbers and letters that make up standard codes here as well.  Xbox users who don’t have their Kinect plugged in can also open the Store app and select Use a Code from the menu on the right.

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Redeeming a code on the Xbox 360

Redeeming codes on the Xbox 360 isn’t as effortless, but it is still straightforward.

Xbox 360 Controller

Pick up your Xbox 360 controller and press the circular Guide button in its center.

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Once the pop-up menu has surfaced move the top joystick on your controller to the left twice to open the My Games & Apps tab.

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Move the top joystick down once to hover over the Redeem Code menu option. Press A.

Now use the joystick and the A button to type in the letters and numbers on your prepaid code for game content or Xbox Live subscription. You do this by moving the joystick so that the on-screen cursor hovers over that letter and pressing A.  Once you’ve entered the code correctly, press the Start button on your controller.

That’s how to redeem a code on the Xbox One or Xbox 360. It’s important to remember that Xbox users can only redeem a code once. As such, if a code has already been used by a family member or someone else, it won’t work twice.

Users can redeem Xbox codes after logging in at here too.



  1. Randy

    02/21/2014 at 12:26 am

    Days ago I got a brand new Xbox One from a giveaway here: honestly I don’t think that everyone will win the giveaway, but it’s definitely worth a try.

  2. everette mills

    05/07/2014 at 10:23 pm

    i bought a box live card and it dont work

  3. Sandro

    11/24/2015 at 9:26 am

    I don’t have Xbox Live, nor the means to get it. is there no other way outside Xbox live to redeem a code?

    • Travis Pope

      11/24/2015 at 10:02 am

      No. Xbox Live powers all of the systems and store of the Xbox One. You need Xbox Live to redeem codes. I should note that Xbox Live accounts are free. Xbox Live Gold is an add-on for Xbox Live.

  4. Karina

    03/11/2016 at 10:12 am

    I have a live card for 360 but i reedem on my Xbox one its still works or no?

  5. Rebekah Musson

    05/21/2016 at 10:57 am

    I Have code already used been trying redeem on micrscoft account isnt working bc my wifi is off so try redeem online get any idea make code work again?

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