How to change your Xbox Live Gamertag

Note: This information is now outdated with the introduction of the new Xbox 360 dashboard UI also known as NXE. Please follow the official guide on the Xbox support site [Link].


According to my incoming search results there are many people getting to this blog unclear on how to change their Gamertag and even more unsure on what name to choose. I can definitely relate to the latter, ‘Fear the CAT‘ was not my original choice, but sadly ‘carocat’ and other forms of ‘Cat’ were taken. And I never quite fancied the ‘xxxCatxxx’ approach. After all it’s about originality and names like ‘XIo SnIPer oIX’ are hardly original!

Which reminds me, if the [apparently] South Korean person with the Gamertag ‘carocat‘ comes across this post and wants to change it to something else, feel free to contact me. :)

Before you change your name you obviously need to know what you want to change it to and this is a feature I miss from the original Xbox which had a Gamertag generator during the account creation in case all the names you wanted to choose were already taken. To this date I know of several people who created their account with that generator and most of them have pretty good names. Alas, it’s no longer there, so in case you’re unsure, there’s always online name generators for all sorts of things you can have a look at for some inspiration.

Just make sure you remember that Xbox Live accounts can only have a maximum of 15 characters including spaces, have to to start with a letter and cannot contain any special characters or symbols.

And, to make sure the name you want isn’t taken already, search the Leaderboards.

Now I’ve never thought changing the Gamertag is such a difficult thing to do, but with each new update I’m finding it more and more difficult navigating the Dashboard and I’ve spent a lot of time looking for things in the wrong places and I’ve been using a 360 since release. It’s not actually difficult, but may this will help you:

  • Switch on your Xbox360 and sign into the profile of the account that you want to change the name to.
  • Select your Gamercard –> Edit Profile –> Gamertag.
  • Select Continue.
  • Type in the Gamertag you want to change it to. Remember, check for any mistakes as you would have to spend another 800 points if you notice them after you’ve changed it.
  • Accept it.
  • Pay the 800 points [at this point you can also press X to add more points if you don’t have enough].

Voila, you have a new Gamertag.

Hope this works for you, any questions, you’re more than welcome to contact me.

And yes, you will keep all your friends and your Gamerscore. And you won’t need to update any other settings.



  1. Will Rhodes
    Posted January 11, 2008 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    I still find it hard to work out the controls on a Saga Megadrive! LOL.

  2. Posted January 11, 2008 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    Well, I’ve never played on one, so I guess I can understand it! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Posted January 11, 2008 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Saw this on the frontpage of All of my friends are on the front page…such famous people. :P

  4. Posted January 11, 2008 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    Really? I made it on the frontpage? This post hasn’t even got many hits…

  5. Posted January 11, 2008 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    yeah! none of my front page posts receive many hits either. Anyway, it’s good to see it on the frontpage. ;)

  6. Posted January 11, 2008 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, always! Just had a look, couldn’t see it though. Which section was it in?

  7. Posted January 11, 2008 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    Cat: it was in the HOWTO section.

  8. Posted January 11, 2008 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    I just saw it. Yey. May it bring many new readers to my blog. :)

  9. believeddog
    Posted January 14, 2008 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    I got my name from the random generator, it looked so stupid it had to be chosen!

  10. Posted January 14, 2008 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    Believeddog? Which generator did you get that from. It;s quite awesome. :)

  11. brad
    Posted January 20, 2008 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    im certainly sure that if people complain about your name you have to change it

    a.k.a free name

  12. believeddog
    Posted January 26, 2008 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    It was the Xbox Live generator.

  13. Andrew Rose
    Posted July 22, 2008 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    why do you have to pay so much to change your gamertag? its like having to pay to change game or paying to look at hows online on Msn messenger!? surely to have a name is your personal identity and as such you should be able to change it at will.

  14. Jeff
    Posted August 4, 2008 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    Just get people to file a complaint against your name lol
    Get enough people and you have to change it anyway..

  15. R
    Posted November 7, 2008 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    I’m sure the reason that they charge so much (in MS points) to change your gamer name is to prevent people from changing them every 5 minutes. Also to prevent people from breaking the rules and then quickly changing their name to avoid punishment.

  16. bob the builder
    Posted November 20, 2008 at 2:37 am | Permalink

    hi my name is bob and my middle name is the and my last name is builder. So I need help swithing my gamertag I just started playing halo3 and I am already beaten the game on legendary. Is that good i got it like 3 days ago my friend told me it was hard but it seemed preaty easy! And it is had to get him through the game because he keeps dieing!

  17. bob the builder
    Posted November 20, 2008 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    it is hard to get him through it not had

  18. dodo head
    Posted November 20, 2008 at 2:40 am | Permalink

    helo is anyone here?
    hey this bob the builder guy seemes preaty tough wat is you halo3 game name?

  19. bob the builder
    Posted November 20, 2008 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    myhalo3 game name is bobthebuilderthe2

  20. hi
    Posted November 20, 2008 at 2:43 am | Permalink

    hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi

  21. Sven
    Posted February 11, 2009 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    $10? Lol, not worth it

  22. berserkrampage7
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    I changed my gamertag but it didn,t work althogh it said it did and now i can,t go on at all any help would be great

  23. Posted February 27, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Did you sign out and sign back in?

    How did it not work?

  24. berserkrampage7
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    sighned me out than wont let me sighn back in im stuck with a non xbox live profile

  25. Posted February 27, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    What does it say when you want to sign in?

  26. berserkrampage7
    Posted February 28, 2010 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    it dosnt exist

  27. Posted February 28, 2010 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    I think the best way for you is to contact Xbox support:

  28. berserkrampage7
    Posted February 28, 2010 at 1:50 am | Permalink

    no help at all

  29. Posted February 28, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, I don’t know how I can help you. I’d try contacting them again and see what they say.

    Good luck. :)

  30. berserkrampage7
    Posted March 3, 2010 at 3:22 am | Permalink

    i figerd it out. it changed on the internet but not on my console. now any help to do that anyone

  31. Posted March 3, 2010 at 3:43 am | Permalink

    Hey there, you’ll need to recover your gamertag. Follow these steps:


  32. berserkrampage7
    Posted March 3, 2010 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    that can be a problem my windows live ID dosent work with my gamer tag.

  33. Posted March 3, 2010 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    Can you sign in on

  34. berserkrampage7
    Posted March 3, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    no it keeps wanting me to creat a new profile

  35. berserkrampage7
    Posted March 3, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    oh and said it is not asosiated with my profile

  36. Posted March 3, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    I think you should give Xbox support another call. Make sure you have all your details, like address on hand.

    I can’t really think of anything else, seems really odd.

  37. berserkrampage7
    Posted March 3, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    yeah it is very odd but if it wasnt odd id wouldnt have posted any thing in the first place thanks for the help.

  38. Posted November 3, 2010 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    What u need 2 do is go to recover gamertag on ur xbox console, pretty cleap instructionS there, if u have 4gotten ur windows live ID, go onto, simples

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