If you’re wondering how to get verified on Xbox, you’re not alone. Plenty of people want to know how to add a bit of prestige to their profiles. While there are plenty of reasons to get Xbox verified, none of them have to do with showing off.
Here are the steps for getting verified on Xbox:
- Log into your Microsoft account.
- Click on “Security.”
- Click on “Update Info.”
- Click on “Verify.”
- Watch for a security code via email or text message. When you see it, click “Verify.”
Important: Know that this isn’t the same process as adding the word “verified” and a little checkmark next to your name. We’ll explain why hijacking the system to add that bit of detail is a terrible idea.
How to Get Xbox One Verified
As we mentioned, getting verified means logging into your Microsoft account. It’s incredibly easy to get started, but there are a few important things to keep in mind as you work.
Microsoft performs something called “two-factor authentication” to ensure that changes are made to the right account. That means you can’t use just your Microsoft account or your console to prove ownership. You must have some other device.
Before you attempt to get Xbox One verified, make sure you’ve given Microsoft access to an email address that still works. If you signed up ages ago with an AOL account that you closed, you’re in trouble. Microsoft will send an email into the void, and you’ll never get the notification.
If you don’t get the verification request from Microsoft, you’re out of luck. Check your associated email address to confirm it’s an account you regularly use.
To check the email address associated with your Microsoft account, the company says you must:
- Sign in to your Microsoft account.
- Click on “Your Info.”
- Click on “Manage how you sign in to Microsoft.”
Examine the email address you entered. If you need to update it, click “Add Email” and follow the instructions. You might need to tap in a security code that Microsoft sends to your phone, so ensure you have your phone handy.
If your phone number and email address are correct and up-to-date, you’re ready to get verified. The whole process should take you less than 5 minutes.
What Does Verified Mean on Xbox One?
Follow the steps we’ve outlined above, and you’ve added an extra layer of security to your Xbox account. That’s not a minor perk. It could be incredibly important to you later.
Microsoft points out that getting verified can help you prove your identity. If someone hacks or steals your account, you can prove in minutes that you’re the rightful owner.
The company also points out that it might ask for verification. If Microsoft thinks something suspicious is happening with your account, it could lock you out until you communicate with a verified email address. If you don’t have that verified email, you could be locked out indefinitely.
So taking this step is pretty crucial. But it’s a form of private communication between you and Microsoft.
If you were hoping to learn how to get verified on Xbox to change the way you look on the system, we have bad news for you. The verification process doesn’t change anything about how your account looks to others.
Tricking Microsoft Isn’t Smart
Some people hope to get verified on Xbox one to get the word “verified” and a green checkmark near their names. They explain that this makes them look cool, and it gives them something to tease friends about. Like Twitter’s blue checkmark, some people feel Xbox’s green check mark just adds a layer of legitimacy and VIP status.
In 2016, the internet was flooded with how-to articles that explained how to change your username to pretend that you had some sort of official designation. You had to copy and paste an official-looking checkbox, and you sometimes had to replace the “r” in the word “verified” with a Russian character.
No one really knows why some people have the word “verified” and a checkbox next to their names. The rumor is that this designation was made for Microsoft officials, but that’s never been confirmed. So the fakers took matters into their own hands and impersonated the truly verified.
It’s clever, for sure. But there’s just one problem with this.
Microsoft can fight back by making fake profiles impossible to upload. The green check box was banned as a character, for example. So those tutorials you’ve seen may not even work.
And even if they do, it’s just a bad idea. No one wants to get banned, as it’s unclear if you can ever get access back when that happens.
Plus, if everyone is faking verified access, it really comes with no prestige, does it? So don’t take the risk. Be yourself.
How to Become Verified/Developer on Xbox One. (August 2016). YouTube.