How To Quickly Set-up Your Xbox For Your Kid’s Christmas and Birthdays

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How to set-up a Xbox One for Christmas and Birthdays

xbox one christmas birthdaysSo you bought an Xbox One/S/X for the kids or yourself and you need to setup Xbox One for Christmas or a birthday but are not sure what to do? Well, you only have a few days to set it all up so you can play it on the day. Yes, that’s right it may take that long….

It’s best to look at the Xbox One (also known as an Xbone) as a mini-computer that needs regular updates and patches. This is done via either WiFi or an Ethernet. The Xbox One games also require regular updates so be ready to have a lot of Internet data chewed through fast in the initial setups

Quickly Setup Xbox One/S/X for Christmas or Birthdays Tutorial

The first step is to turn on your Xbox and go through the steps to register the Xbox. You will need to sign up for a Microsoft Live account, as each Xbox user needs to have a different email address to register.

The procedure is the same for the Xbox One S 2TB console white.

Next, go through the steps to set up the Wi-Fi and update the Xbox One. This may take a few hours depending on your internet speed

Set-Up Xbox One Gamer Tags

One all updates have been done and Xbox One is rebooted it’s time to set up your gamer tag name and add extra gamers to your family. One issue I had, was as I didn’t have an email address for my younger children. As a valid email address is needed for all new Gamer tag users I had to use one of my spare email addresses and as such make myself a few new gamer tags using my birth date rather than theirs.

Google won’t let you make an email address for kids as they are under-age.

XBox One Email Addresses and Date of Birth

I have also heard that 3rd party subscription services like EA Games look at the age of the Xbox user, and won’t let them play most of their games if under-age. Having my email address and birth date for my whole family gets around this issue but also still allows me to control what they can play and view the family settings of the Xbox One.

Setting their restrictions is important if you want to restrict the games they play. We started that but it was too inconvenient to ask for master passwords whenever we gave them permission to play a certain game for a short while under supervision.


xbox one update birthdays Whenever you load up a game for the first time you will have to install it and this will take time most probably lots of time. A lot of the more recent Xbox One games require a very large update sometimes in excess of 20GB. Depending on your Internet connection this may take a few days.

Don’t forget to set up each player’s gamer tag and pick a name carefully as Microsoft only gives you one free name change. Set permissions for each child and get an Xbox Live membership which will give you about 4 free games every month. Usually, two XBox One and two XBox 360 games can be played on the Xbone. Defiantly worth the subscription.

Live Gold Membership lets you play games online against other people, and you can buy a subscription per month or 12 months which works out cheaper. A new Xbox One usually comes with 14 days free trial subscription.

Some games also come with a free trial Live Gold subscription. So if you want to be able to play your Xbox for Christmas get updated NOW.

If you would like to follow along with the video thanks to Fast, Electronic and Loud have this great tutorial.

XBox One Top Games for 2015:

  • Forza Motorsport 6
  • FIFA 16
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Assassins Creed Syndicate
  • Fallout 4
  • Rise Of The Tomb Raider

XBox One Top Games for 2016:

Best Xbox One Games for 2018

This list is my most wanted games so far. I am so looking forward to playing all of these. I’m just so time-poor there are not enough hours in the day. Don’t forget to charge all of those controllers up. The play and charge battery packs are great as you can recharge from any micro USB charger. Even a solar panel USB charger if you happen to go out camping with your Xbox.

  • State of Decay
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Monster Hunter World
  • Far Cry 5
  • Call of Duty – Black Ops 4
  • Conan Exiles
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Congratulations you know have fully setup Xbox one for Christmas. Let me know in the comments what your Favourite games for the X-Box One are.

Best Xbox games for 2020

  • Fortnite
  • NBA 2k20
  • Rainbox 6
  • Doom Eternal
  • Apex Legends
  • Gears Tactics
  • Halo Infinite
  • FIFA 20

Best Xbox games for 2023

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