How To Redeem an Xbox Gift Card—A Simplified Guide
All Current Ways To Redeem an Xbox Gift Card Broken Down
An Xbox gift card is an evergreen present for gaming enthusiasts, but there’s plenty of confusion around using it on various platforms. Since the layout of the Xbox console is regularly updated, figuring out how to redeem an Xbox gift card can be mildly stressful.
If you’re clueless about how to redeem a plastic or digital Xbox gift card, you’re in the right place! We have created this manual to explain:
- How to put a gift card on Xbox (all models)
- How to use an Xbox gift card on a PC
- How to redeem an Xbox gift card on a mobile phone
What You Should Know Before You Redeem a Microsoft or Xbox Gift Card
Xbox gift cards are issued by the Microsoft Corporation, and their use is not restricted to console gaming. According to Microsoft, you can use their two general gift cards—i.e., Microsoft and Xbox gift cards—interchangeably for purchasing the company’s various products and services, including:
- Xbox games, game passes, and add-ons (Fortnite, The Witcher, FIFA, etc.)
- Videos available through Microsoft Movies & TV (stream, rent, or buy)
- Accessories and hardware from the Microsoft Store
- Desktop apps available for Microsoft Windows 10 (except for Microsoft 365 products)
Unless specified otherwise, you can split the stored value of a Microsoft-issued gift card between two or more platforms. Say you have a $50 Xbox gift card—you can spend $30 to download a game and exhaust the rest of the balance on Microsoft Movies & TV. The one requirement for redeeming the gift card on multiple platforms is that it must be loaded to a single Microsoft account.
Currently, you can activate and redeem an Xbox gift card online only (through your Xbox device, PC, or smartphone). Microsoft brick-and-mortar stores have shut down permanently after the company shifted its customer-support services to online portals over the pandemic.
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How To Redeem an Xbox Gift Card on Xbox
You can redeem both an Xbox and a Microsoft gift card via your Xbox console. All you have to do is navigate to the Microsoft Store option and enter your gift card code. Follow the instructions below to do so:
- Log in to your device—Xbox 360, One, Series X, or Series S
- Hit the Guide button right in the middle of your console to open the quick-start menu
- Navigate down the menu to launch Microsoft Store (if you’re on Xbox One, hit the Right Bumper, or RB, on your console four times to open the Store tab)
- Highlight the Redeem or Use a Code option, depending on the device you use
- Enter the 25-digit gift card code (with hyphens) on the redemption screen
- Bump the Start button on your console and wait for the servers to confirm the code
Once the code is verified, you’ll see the gift card balance added to your account. Sometimes, the servers may reject the code due to a currency mismatch, meaning the currency in which the gift card was purchased doesn't match the currency used by your Microsoft account. In case you received a gift card in a different currency, you can redeem it by temporarily switching to a compatible location via the System Settings menu on your dashboard. If it sounds too complicated, you can always sell or exchange your gift card at a discounted value via dedicated local or online marketplaces.
How To Redeem an Xbox Gift Card on PC
You can redeem a gift card or code to your Microsoft account via your PC by:
- Using a web browser
- Accessing the Microsoft Store (on a device running on Windows 10 and up)
Refer to the table below to understand how both options work:
Microsoft offers a one-stop online redemption portal for all gift card codes. Here are the necessary steps you need to follow:
Accessing the Microsoft Store
Go through these steps to redeem your Xbox gift card through the Microsoft Store desktop app:
If you use multiple Microsoft email IDs, make sure you log in with the email connected to the Xbox account where you want to use the money. Microsoft doesn't let you transfer funds from one Xbox account to another.
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How To Redeem an Xbox Gift Card on Its Phone App
You can redeem your gift card code on an Xbox app (available for Android and Apple devices), but the process can be complicated. The redemption option is not directly accessible, and when you do find it, you’re technically redeeming a code via your mobile’s web browser.
Check out the steps to redeem an Xbox gift card on your phone:
- Log in to the Xbox app on your device
- Click on your profile logo in the bottom-right corner
- Hit the settings icon on the top right
- Scroll down to Help topics
- Press on Play your games from options
- Select Redeem a code from the drop-down menu
- Click on Redeem a code from a web browser—you’ll be directed to the redemption portal where you can enter the gift card code
Many users have pointed out that the gift card redemption feature is no longer available after certain app updates.
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Struggling To Redeem Special-Purpose Xbox Gift Cards?
Redeeming a special-purpose Xbox gift card isn’t too difficult as long as you know what card you’re dealing with. Microsoft’s special-purpose Xbox gift cards can be:
- Specific game-based cards (like an Xbox One APEX Legends coins card)
- Xbox Live gift cards (meant to be used for an Xbox Live subscription)
Game-based Xbox gift cards can be redeemed like general Xbox cards, but the procedure is slightly different for Xbox Live gift cards.
How To Use an Xbox Live Gift Card
An Xbox Live gift card can be used to access paid features, get discounts, and engage in competitive events in multiplayer games like Roblox and Call of Duty exclusively. It’s not a general gift card and can only be applied to an Xbox Live account. Here’s how you redeem an Xbox Live gift card:
- Log in to your Xbox Live account
- Navigate to Payment & Billing
- Click on Redeem code
- Enter your code on the redemption screen
- Hit Confirm
Remember that redeeming an Xbox Live gift card won’t load money to your account but only give you a subscription to its services.
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Where To Locate Various Redeemed Microsoft Gift Cards
Many users struggle to locate the gift cards added to their Microsoft or Xbox accounts. The table below will help you figure it out:
Type of Microsoft Gift Card
Where To Find It
General gift card
View your gift card or its balance by clicking on Payment & billing under your Accounts tab
Game- or app-specific gift card
Such cards can be accessed by visiting My Library in the Microsoft Store
Subscription-based gift card
Redeemed subscription-based gift cards can be viewed under the Services & subscriptions tab
While general or game-specific gift cards don’t expire, subscription-based gift cards are only valid until the subscription period specified on the card ends.
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