How to Play Xbox 360 and Xbox One Online

An example of this concept might be leaving powerful equipment, weapons, or vehicles for another team mate if you know you aren't well-equipped to handle them. You can enter the code on the card into your Xbox 's Settings to redeem your free play days. Press the "Guide" button once to do so. One of the more annoying aspects of playing online is having to hear inactive microphones picking up background noise. It's a tab in the blue ribbon at the top of the page.

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You can search on multiple browsers to earn points after you hit the limit on one browser. You can change your browser's search engine to have it use Bing if you'd like to search with Bing by default. Click the "Rewards" icon, then click Claim below any notification offering you points. This will add the points to your overall total.

You'll also see challenges that you can participate in here. Once you earn points through searches, challenges, and rewards, you can use them to purchase a month of Xbox LIVE. You may first have to enter your phone number and then enter a code that Microsoft will send to your number. This must be a Microsoft account. You also cannot use the same phone number that you've used for other Microsoft accounts before.

Click your profile picture. It's in the top-right corner of the page. This option is near the top of the drop-down menu. It's a tab in the blue ribbon at the top of the page. Click Try Xbox Live Gold for free. This link is below the "Xbox" heading. Doing so will take you to a membership selection page.

If you see Join Xbox Live Gold here, you can't use a free trial on your current account. It should be the top option on this page. This green button is in the bottom-right corner of the page.

Sign into your account if prompted. You may be asked to enter your email address and password again to confirm that you want to add this subscription to your account. You may also be asked to verify your account. If so, enter the phone number at which you want to receive the verification text, click Send code , open the text from Microsoft and note the code, and then enter the code into the field on this page.

This will usually consist of entering a card's number, security code, name, expiration date, and ZIP code. You can cancel your subscription at any time to prevent it from auto-renewing at the end of the free trial.

It's in the bottom-left corner of the page. Find your free trial code. Some games come with a two- or three-day free trial code card in the packaging. You can enter the code on the card into your Xbox One's Settings to redeem your free play days. Turn on your Xbox One with a connected controller. Press and hold the "Guide" button, which is the Xbox logo in the middle of the controller. This will turn on both the Xbox and the controller. Make sure that you're signed into the right account.

Press the "Guide" button, then scroll up to the top of the Guide menu. If you see the correct profile, you're good to go. If you see a different profile than the one to which you want to apply the free trial, select the account, scroll down and select Sign out , and then re-open the Guide menu and sign in with the correct account. Select All settings and press A. This will open the Settings menu.

Select the Account tab and press A. It's on the left side of the screen. Select Subscriptions and press A. You'll find this option in the bottom row of options here.

Select Learn about Gold and press A. It's in the middle of the screen. If you've used Gold on this account before, you'll just select the Xbox Live Gold option. Select Use a code and press A. Doing so will open a window for you to enter your code. If you've used Gold before, you'll select Change the way you pay and press A , then select Redeem a code and press A. Enter the card's code. Press A to select the text field, then use the on-screen keyboard to type in the code.

It's below and to the right of the "Guide" button. This will apply the code and the accompanying free play time to your Microsoft account. You can enter the code on the card into your Xbox 's Settings to redeem your free play days.

Turn on your Xbox using a connected controller. Press the "Guide" button, then look at the name on the left side of the Guide window. If it belongs to the account that you want to use, you're good to go. If you're signed into the wrong account, press X , select Yes , press X again, and select the correct account. Close the Guide window. Press the "Guide" button once to do so. Scroll over to the settings tab.

It's on the far-right side of the Xbox menu. Press the RB button seven times to navigate to this tab. Again, this process will vary, so be sure to read the various menu items to see what you'd like to do. For example, in a game of Call of Duty , you'll typically select a game category and type, at which point you'll have the option of customizing your character while the game loads. Wait for your game to start. This process can often take awhile, especially if you're playing a game with drop-in multiplayer.

Don't plug in your microphone if you're not using it. One of the more annoying aspects of playing online is having to hear inactive microphones picking up background noise. Doing the same with your microphone is a good way to get your account muted in-game as well as reported for harassment if the behavior continues in subsequent matches. Refrain from trash-talking other players. Even though a fair amount of players will insult or belittle you while you play online, ignoring them is a much better course of action than responding.

You can typically press the "Back" button in the middle-left side of your controller to bring up a list of in-game players, at which point you can select players' names and press A to mute them.

Learn the game's online community guidelines. Though some rules--such as refraining from harming team mates--are universal, most games have online-specific etiquette that you'll have to learn as you play. One way to get a jump-start on this information is by browsing the game's community forums or by observing other players' gameplay. Play with your team's well-being in mind. Online gaming can be an inherently lonely process, but if you're a part of a team, you should take actions that benefit the team as a whole, not just yourself.

If you're not prepared to "play the objective", consider playing a game type that doesn't emphasize teamwork. An example of this concept might be leaving powerful equipment, weapons, or vehicles for another team mate if you know you aren't well-equipped to handle them.

If you're playing a game without a team dynamic, ignore this step. Attend the game you're playing. If your character is simply standing around in an ongoing multiplayer game while you're doing something else, you become a liability for your team.

If you aren't completely committed to the notion of playing a round in your game, consider waiting to jump into a match until you're ready. Quitting early both lets your team down and marks your account as a poor sportsmanship profile, meaning that if you do it often enough, you won't get invited to matches. Complaining that a game was unfair or that the results of a match aren't right doesn't change anything, and it can hurt the experience for other players.

There will be times where the outcome actually isn't fair, of course, but try to remember that the same goes for instances in which you were on a team that unfairly won.

More than anything else, your best course of action while playing online is to respect the people with whom you're playing. Not Helpful 0 Helpful 0. To connect with someone else i. If your friend has the same game as you, open the game, press the XBOX logo, on your controller, and click on your friend's name to invite him to the game.

If he accepts, the both of you will be able to play. Answer this question Flag as We own the Grand Theft Auto V game, and just subscribed to xbox live gold for a year. Do we have to buy the game again to play it online with others? How do you get allowed to play on Xbox live?

1. Connect your Xbox to the Internet