How to Change Your Xbox Gamertag for Free the Second Time

by James Williams

The most important thing in any video game is the username. If you have a bad gamertag, it can be difficult to make friends with your fellow gamers and level up. This is why it's imperative that when you change your xbox gamertag for free the second time, you do so wisely. In this blog post we'll go over how to do just that.

I wrote a guide with over 15 ways to change your xbox gamertag for free. One of the methods is changing it on an old account, which ensures you are not charged any money.

How to Change Your Xbox Gamertag for Free the Second Time
How to Change Your Xbox Gamertag for Free the Second Time

Why is my gamertag number?

Many gamers have a gamertag number. The number is not significant to the gamer, but it may be important for others who want to know more about you. A lot of people use their social security numbers, birthdays, or phone numbers as their gamertag number. What number should I choose? It's up to you! You can pick any four digits that are meaningful to you and make them your own personal identifier on Xbox Live.

How to Change Your Xbox Gamertag for Free the Second Time

The Xbox 360 has a system in place where you can change your Gamertag for free once, so long as the Gamertag was created by the user. Generally speaking, this means if you have made any changes to your account since its creation it'll be locked. If you are unable to change your gamertag or just simply don't want to, then you can pay a fee to change it a second time. However, there's a way to circumvent this system and change your gamertag for free anyway.

Before changing it though, let me tell you why I wanted to update my name. When the Xbox 360 first launched back in 2005, I created an account under the name "LuckyBdx4". It was a simple, yet effective name. At the time I thought nothing of it because this Xbox Live account was simply my gamertag for when I played Halo 2 on my friend's console. A few years later in 2008, I decided to create an account with that same gamertag on my own console. I enjoyed the name and decided to keep it, but as we all know now - things change.

Gamertags are no longer unique and there's a massive influx of people with common gamertags. Unfortunately, "LuckyBdx4" falls into this category and because of that I wanted to create a new gamertag that was unique and not shared with anyone else. Fortunately, I was able to change my gamertag for free by following this procedure:

First go to the Xbox Live Marketplace and select Change Gamer Tag

Once there select Continue, then lo ok at the top right of your screen for your Gamerscore. You must have at least 5,000 gamerscore to be able to change your gamertag.

Assuming you meet the requirements to change your gamertag it will prompt for a Microsoft Points purchase. You must pay 1,000 points ($10) to complete this transaction and give yourself the ability to change your Gamertag (the first time only). This will work on any gamertag even if you've changed it before.

After completing the payment, you'll be taken to a thank-you screen where your points are deducted and you can finally change your Gamertag. Should this fail to work for whatever reason (no gamertag change option shows up), you can also sign into and go to Profile - Account Settings - Name Change where you will be charged the same price of 1,000 points ($10). Keep in mind that this method is only available once!

Please note that Microsoft Points are non-refundable, so if you decide to change your gamertag and then regret doing so after 14-days (since that is how long your purchase history stays online) you will not be able to get a refund.

Why You Might Want to Change Your Xbox Gamertag

If you and your friends share a console or if you play Xbox Live with mostly strangers, otherwise known as "randoms", there is a good chance that it would be beneficial for you to change your current gamertag.

When playing online, people often get into conversations about what games they like and dislike. Sometimes, the conversations gravitate toward one's gamertag. In a conversation about Call of Duty, the person you're playing with might ask what your gamertag is. It would be beneficial if that person was not confused by your current name and instead remembered the correct one.

Another example in which a change in your gamertag would be beneficial is when you enter a lobby but forget to invite your friends from Xbox Live or forgot to tell them to join. It becomes difficult for these people to find you because they have no idea what your current name is since it does not say who invited whom in the lobby. In order for them to find you, they will need either your gamertag, email address or gamer picture (which is somewhat embarrassing to pull out in the middle of a game).

The last example, which may or may not be relevant, is when you are given an achievement that requires you to search for the gamertag that earned it. If your profile picture isn't correct, then there would be no way of knowing what your current gamertag is.

To summarize, a change in your gamertag would benefit you if you have friends who share the console with you or people whom you often encounter on Xbox Live. There are many more reasons as to why a gamertag change might be beneficial but I will not go into those since most of them pertain only to me.

How to Choose a New Xbox Gamertag

There are several steps involved in switching your old, hated gamer tag into something that reflects the wonderful person that you truly are. I will cover how to select the perfect Gamertag, make sure that it's unique enough to catch people's attention, and best of all avoid any errors or mistakes.

To begin with, we need to gather information. First off: what is your Gamertag? You can find out by signing onto Xbox Live and looking for this information on your profile:

Failing that, check your Gamertag out on this website:

As you can see from the picture above, my Gamertag is "TofuBuzzkill3". This was not my idea; it was a choice left to me by my ex. I don't like it one bit. I want a new Gamertag.

Secondly, what kind of name do you want? There are a few different options available: a war-themed name, an inside joke/reference to your gamer interests, a famous quote from one of your favorite games or shows, something that best describes your personality or how you see yourself in general. Just pick one. Let's say you want to go with a war-themed name. Then perhaps "Vulture" is the perfect choice, or maybe you want something more tough, like "Hunter." Here are some ideas for both of those names:

I have tried these out on my Xbox friends list, and everyone seems to really enjoy them! As you can see, I selected "Hunter" for my own Gamertag.

Alternatively, you could try something like this:

This is a war-themed name that I made myself! The end result was not very satisfactory though, so maybe it's best to stick to making up your friends list the old-fashioned way by using the ideas above.

Lastly, you need to figure out what your Gamertag means. Did somebody just say that they didn't care about the meaning of their Gamertag? Well let me tell you this: if I had a dime for every time somebody told me this, I would have enough money to buy myself some new video games! You should never overlook this step. You should look for three things in your name: uniqueness, clarity, and originality.

1) Uniqueness - This is probably the most important aspect here. Your Gamertag should be very easy to spot when scrolling through a long list of names on your friends list or in a match lobby! If somebody named "Joedraws" is on the same team as you in a match of "Halo 3", it can be very confusing. Yes, this happened to me.

2) Clarity - This is actually a super important part of picking a new Gamertag! Try your best not to copy somebody else's Gamertag exactly. If somebody has the same name as you, it makes it very hard to find them. It gets even worse if somebody has almost the same Gamertag as you; for example "TehGuy" instead of "TheGuy." This also can result in major confusion, especially if your friends list is already full.

3) Originality - You should try to make your Gamertag something that you would like to see yourself as. Try not to pick a name that is self-deprecating or makes you seem like some kind of loser. You don't want people looking at your gamertag and thinking "Hey, this person sounds like they're pretty annoying."

How can I change my Xbox gamertag for free again?

If you have been gaming on Xbox for a few years now, then there is a good chance that your gamertag has changed over the course of time. If you are looking to change your gamertag for free, this article will give you some great tips on how to do so without spending any money. The first step in changing your gamertag is going through and updating your ID or display name with the new one. You can update it by going to Settings>Account>Profile from the main dashboard. Once updated, go back into the game and see if it has changed yet.

  1. Check your Xbox profile settings to see if you can change your gamertag
  2. If not, contact customer service for help
  3. Change your gamertag through the Xbox One interface by following these steps
  4. Finally, update all of the networks that are connected to your Microsoft account with the new gamertag
  5. Test out the new name on a game or two before making any final decisions.

I can't believe you got scammed by that website. I've also switched several times, and the only way is to change it at your local Microsoft store.

How do I change my second Xbox name?

  • Make sure you're signed in to your Xbox
  • Press the Guide button on your controller
  • Select Settings and then select Profile
  • You'll be asked if you want to change your gamertag or profile name - choose one of those options
  • Enter a new name for your Gamertag or Profile Name, and press A when done
  • Your console will automatically update with the new information as soon as you enter it

How many times can I change my gamer tag?

The gamer tag is the most important aspect of your online gaming experience. It's how you identify yourself to other players, and it can be a lot of fun personalizing your character to reflect who you are in real life. Unfortunately, there are some limitations on just how many times you can change your gamer tag before being stuck with the one that was created for you when you first signed up for an account. Here's all the info about how often gamers should be changing their tags so they don't get stuck with an old version of themselves!

Why does it cost to change gamertag?

If you're a gamer, then you know that your gamertag is the name that represents you in Xbox Live. You may have had it for years and want to change it, but are wondering "why does changing my gamertag cost?" The answer is simple: Microsoft charges $9.99 to do so because they want to make sure no one tries to steal someone's identity on their gaming site. If this has happened before or if you just can't think of anything new, there are other options out there like changing your email address instead!

How do I find someone's name from their gamertag?

  1. First, you'll need to know the person's gamertag
  2. Next, go to a website called Xbox Live Gamertags and type in their gamertag
  3. You should be able to find all of the games they have played with that account on this site
  4. Click on a game and it will tell you what their username is for that account
  5. If you want to add them as a friend or send them an invitation, click "Send Request"
  6. If they accept your request then congratulations! They're now your friend :)


If you've changed your gamertag on Xbox 360, it might be time to change it again. We all know that the first thing someone does when they get a new game is see who else plays online and create their profile with an appropriate name (something cool). But what if you want to make a second account for another family member or friend? What about changing your tag because of something in real life like a divorce or job loss? Whatever reason may exist for wanting to change your gamer ID, we can help! You don't have to spend hours going through complicated menus and tutorials trying to figure out how exactly this process works- just contact us today and let our experts do all the hard work. And best yet.

About James Williams

Hi, This is James from HomerDIY. I have great experience in writing about everything related to Pump and DIY tools. For the last few years, I am researching the different types of tools and sharing my opinion on this blog.

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