How to use One XBOX Live Account / Gamertag on Multiple XBOX Consoles and Saved Games *Update 11/11/11

I am not your average XBOX 360 fan, but recently I had a bit of a predicament. I got a second XBOX 360, one for upstairs and one for down stairs. The new one is a Console S and the old one is an Elite. I find myself wanting to play games upstairs, XBOX Live, and Single Player games and I was moving my entire XBOX up and down the stairs. Quite annoying. Of course the immediate thought is why not just bring your Hard Drive. Well that previously was a good solution, but now that that 360 S is out, it’s not longer an option as they use different types of hard drives. After doing some research I couldn’t find anyone with a good solution but I figured one out. I now have Three XBOX 360s and this method works great.

All you need is a 4GB or greater USB / Thumb Drive, you can pick them up anywhere (Amazon, Office Depot, Best Buy) or you can get an Official XBOX One. They are cheap, usually less then $10.

Step 1: Plug the USB Drive into your console then go to system settings, memory, and select your drive which will be labeled unformatted. After selecting it you will be given the option to format it. After the format it will only be compatible with XBOX (Keep in mind all your data will be deleted on that USB Drive so back it up first)
Step 2: Go to System Settings and Memory management.
Step 3: Find your Gamer Profile, press A and then there should also be an option to Move/Copy it. Press it and select your new USB Drive.
Step 4: While still in Memory Management, find the games you are currently playing and do the same, copy/move the saved games  it to the USB Drive.
Step 5: Now when you plug it into any XBOX 360 your gamer profile will immediately show up and allow you to login to XBOX Live and it will also allow you to choose the drive for saved games.

If you are having issues using that method, you can delete your profile from your HD and Flash Drive, then do Recover your Gamertag to the Flash Drive.

*Update 2*
The new XBOX Fall Dashboard update coming out in a few weeks has the cloud save ability built in. To use properly, you need to delete your profile from any devices, and re-cover it to each console. After you have completed that you need to go into System / Storage and enable the cloud drive on both consoles. Enjoy!

Important Notes:

  • Keep in mind not all games support this, and some games require you to MOVE rather then copy. Some games are also buggy, Fable 3 (now fixed) would corrupt your saved game, not cool. So test it with an earlier save first.
  • If you lose your jump drive, or it get’s corrupted you lose those saved games, but you can always recover your gamertag so don’t worry about losing that.
  • You have to be logged into XBOX Live on the other consoles to play any downloaded content, but this does work.

Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments and I will try to help you out.

59 Responses

  1. Bowmanave Says:

    Using your gamertag on multiple xboxs is simply a pain at the moment even though having a USB stick does make it easier then it used to be. Steam allows you to simply sign in from anywhere which is similar to what you do with recovering your gamertag so perhaps simply renaming the recovery step as login would work but something should be done so i can easily play and save games in the cloud. All your windows marketing agrees as well.

  2. exchangerates Says:

    Your gamepoints are associated with your gamertag, not the console. So if you log-in to another xbox, when you redownload your gametag, the points stay the same. But obviously, like you said, your saved games/etc won't be on there.

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  11. Mark E Says:

    That did not work for me at all. I got all the way through the USB transfer but the gamertag is not showing up in my list of profiles on the second xbox. Any tips? Advice?

  12. seany187 Says:

    Try deleting your profile from all consoles and recovering it directly to your USB drive. That is a more full proof solution.

  13. Andy M. Says:

    I have been using the USB thumb drive method for a while now, but with the cloud storage….will the method you mention above actually let you have the profile on each without having to recover each time as long as you don't try logging in on both systems at once?

  14. seany187 Says:

    Yes, the cloud feature allows you to have your profiles on both Xboxs without recovering each time. You can even store your profile on friends consoles and access your cloud saves without having to recover each time. I no longer use a thumb drive for my saves and profile.

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