What is Xbox Live?
Xbox Live is an online service that allows you to connect with other gamers through Xbox gaming consoles and Windows PCs. The service provides chat, voice and video functionality. You can also purchase games and other media through the Microsoft Store. Users are identified via pseudonyms known as gamer tags and once a profile is established it can be accessed from any Xbox Live compatible device. If you are under 18, your access will need to be approved through Microsoft's parental permissions.
If you want access to multiplayer gaming — where you can play with other gamers over the internet — you need to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for a monthly or annual fee. This will also give you access to premium content including free games, additional game levels and exclusive previews of new release games. The Xbox Live app is focused on leaderboards and member interaction via messaging and image sharing. It also lets you purchase content from the store.
Apps: Android app, Apple iOS app
How do people use Xbox Live?
Learn more about the benefits and risks associated with how people use gaming services like Xbox Live.
Xbox Live is used for: content sharing, gaming, in-app purchasing, live streaming, messaging/online chat, online relationships, voice chat and video calling.
How can you report online abuse, ask for content to be removed or block someone?
- How to file a complaint on Xbox One
How to submit a report if you feel someone’s behaviour or content is inappropriate using Xbox One.
- How to file a complaint on Xbox 360
How to submit a report if you feel someone’s behaviour or content is inappropriate using Xbox 360.
- Mute, block, or avoid other players on Xbox One
How to stop someone from interacting with you using Xbox One.
- Mute, block, or avoid other players on Xbox 360
How to stop someone from interacting with you using Xbox 360.
How can you protect your personal information?
- Manage app privacy settings on Xbox One
Learn how to control what data of yours is collected when you use apps on your console.
- Setting child privacy on Xbox live
Set what your child can do and what information people are allowed to see about your child.
Key safety links
- Stay safe
Learn about Xbox Live’s policies and what behaviours will result in a suspension from the service.
- Community standards for Xbox
The guidelines you are expected to follow when using Xbox Live.
- Microsoft Services Agreement
These terms cover the use of Microsoft products and services such as Xbox Live and includes a code of conduct.
- Microsoft Privacy Statement
This explains how your information is collected, stored and used by Microsoft.