- Microsoft link codes are six-digit codes that make it easier to sign in to devices using your Microsoft account.
- To get a Microsoft link code on your Xbox, power it on, highlight the profile icon, and select ‘Use Another Device’.
- To use a Microsoft link code, sign in to your Microsoft account on a web browser, go to microsoft.com/link, and input the six-digit code displayed on your TV.
- Using Microsoft link codes for sign-in offers security, ease-of-use, and the ability to sign in remotely to your Xbox account.
One of the greatest gifts developers have given us in the past decade is the ability to sign in to our devices remotely and on a computer. Thankfully, Microsoft gave us that ability with the link code for Xbox.
Rather than spending several minutes highlighting and clicking numbers and letters, you can now sign in to your Xbox using the microsoft.com/link code!
Perhaps you just got a new Xbox, or you got a new Microsoft account; no matter your reasons, it’s really easy to sign in to your Microsoft account on your Xbox these days, and we’ll walk you through the entire process in the following sections.
What Is a Microsoft Link Code?
Microsoft link codes are just that, codes. When you attempt to sign in to a device using your Microsoft account, the device will give you a six-digit code that you can input into the Microsoft login website.
You can use these codes to sign in to Teams, your Microsoft account on Xbox, and many other Microsoft services. Ultimately, they just make it easier to sign in to your devices because you won’t have to input your login credentials.
This holds true for Xbox users, especially. You won’t have to hover over each letter and number on your console to input your username and password. As an added bonus, you won’t ever have to delete and start over because you mistyped the wrong letter, number, or character.
If the idea of signing in to your Xbox using Microsoft link codes sounds appealing to you, keep reading the following sections to use them!
How to Get a Microsoft Link Code on Your Xbox
First, let’s get a Microsoft link code for your Xbox. The process is simple enough; you’ll just need to power on your Xbox, have your controller charged and ready, then follow these steps:
Step 1: Click “Add New”
Power your Xbox on and use the left toggle switch to highlight the + Add New profile icon to the far right of the menu.
Note: If you’re already signed in to an account, hit the Xbox button on your controller and right bumper over to your profile icon. Then, select Add or switch. Here, you’ll see the option to Add new.
Step 2: Select “Use Another Device”
To get a link code, select the Use Another Device option in the middle of the page. The code will appear on your screen. But be sure to move quickly because this code will expire. If it does, you can request a new one by following these steps again.
Note: If you can’t highlight the Use Another Device option, click B on your controller, then move the left toggle switch to highlight it.
How to Use a Microsoft.com/Link Code on Xbox
Now that you know how to get the code, it’s time to learn how to use it. Again, we’re using this as a way to sign in to a new Microsoft account on your Xbox. As regular users of this feature, we’ve actually developed the simplest steps to follow.
So, if you want the easiest and fastest way to add a new account, follow these steps:
Step 1: Sign in to Your Microsoft Account on a Web Browser
First, open a web browser and sign in to your Microsoft account (the one that’s associated with your Xbox account).
Note: If you can’t remember the email or password, click the Forgot password option and follow the steps.
Step 2: Go to Microsoft.com/link
Now, open a new tab and go to microsoft.com/link.
Step 3: Input the Code
As soon as you visit this page, you’ll see the option to input the six-digit code displayed on your TV. Input the code exactly as it is on your Xbox.
Note: If you don’t know how to get the code, see the section above.
Why Use Microsoft Link Codes to Sign in to Your Xbox Account
If going through the link code process seems a little more tedious than you’d like, there are some solid reasons to use this method over the traditional sign-in options. Let’s review a few of the reasons this is one of the better options.
To start, security is a big part of using links to sign in to your devices. Typing your password on a computer is much more secure than typing it where everyone can see it. As an added bonus, you can save your password to your Google account and sign in with the click of a mouse.
Next, if you have two-factor authentication enabled, a web browser will require an authentication code. You can retrieve the code from your text messages or as an email and sign in to your account, making the security features easier to navigate.
Some of our readers may find the ease of use debatable. However, if you’re already logged in to your Microsoft account, it really only takes a few clicks to sign in, rather than the time it takes to input your login credentials using an Xbox controller.
Of course, once you get used to using the link codes, it gets way easier to log in to all of your Microsoft accounts. You can use them to sign in to your Xbox, Teams account, and more. So, overall, it’s a handy skill to have.
Sign in Remotely
Lastly, signing in to your account using this method makes it really easy to log in remotely. This is useful when you have a friend or family member who wants to play on your Xbox account or help you get past a challenging level (yes, we’re speaking from experience here).
Have the other Xbox user get the code (by following the steps in the first section). Then, you can complete the steps on your computer. Their screen will refresh, and they’ll be logged in to your Xbox account.
Microsoft link codes make our lives way easier. You can log in to your Microsoft account on your Xbox remotely, more securely, and easier than ever before.
Fortunately, you don’t even need a computer; you can input the code on a mobile browser, too. Following the simple steps above will help you get all signed in and ready to play.
|What Is a Microsoft Link Code?||A six-digit code that you can input into the Microsoft login website to sign in to a device using your Microsoft account.|
|How to Get a Microsoft Link Code on Your Xbox||Power on your Xbox, highlight the profile icon, select “Add New”, and then select “Use Another Device” to get the link code.|
|How to Use a Microsoft.com/Link Code on Xbox||Sign in to your Microsoft account on a web browser, go to Microsoft.com/link, and input the six-digit code displayed on your TV.|
|Why Use Microsoft Link Codes to Sign in to Your Xbox Account||It provides better security, ease-of-use, and the ability to sign in remotely.|
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