Claiming an inactive gamertag

Discus and support Claiming an inactive gamertag in XBoX on Consoles to solve the problem; Recently, I have had the urge to change my gamertag. My current gamertag is I Yibo I and although this name has served me well, I wanted to see if I... Discussion in 'XBoX on Consoles' started by Spenceretro, Sep 16, 2020.

  1. Spenceretro
    Spenceretro Guest

    Claiming an inactive gamertag


    Recently, I have had the urge to change my gamertag. My current gamertag is I Yibo I and although this name has served me well, I wanted to see if I could get rid of the brackets. Unfortunately, someone already claims the gamertag "Yibo", however, it seems
    as though this person has not been active for quite a while, in fact years. A while back Microsoft came out with a statement that all Xbox accounts that were inactive for a certain amount of time would be taken down. This would allow others to then have access
    to the username. The account that I wish to take the gt from does not have that high of a gamerscore, and like I said, has not been active. Is there any way I can claim this tag or am I being inconsiderate? I have no way of justifying this inactivity except
    for the low gamerscore, original Xbox 360 gamer pic, and no activity under following or feed.

    :)
     
    Spenceretro, Sep 16, 2020
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  2. Smwutches Win User

    Claiming an inactive gamertag

    With the gamertag update last year, you can use a gamertag even if it's already in use, however, it will give you a suffix to differentiate you between the original. https://support.xbox.com/help/account-profile/profile/gamertag-update-faq

    Otherwise, as long as it's still on the servers, there's no way for you to take it. 2021 would be the first time tags are freed up since that policy went in place, but even then, even if the game isn't in use on an Xbox, it may be in use elsewhere. So there's
    no guarantee it will be freed up.
  3. Smwutches Win User

    Inactive Gamertag Claiming

    Per the terms of service, if a person does not sign into their account for 5 years, the account will be released.
  4. Spenceretro Win User

    Claiming an inactive gamertag

    Thanks for the quick reply, really helped. I have just seen rumors or heard about people being able to claim other gamertags that are somehow inactive, that is why I thought I would put my question out there. Thanks again.
  5. XBF Eladio M Win User

    Claiming an inactive gamertag

    Hey Spenceretro

    Thank you for taking the time to let us know what info worked for you.

    As there is no further info that we can provide to you on this matter, we will now be locking this thread.

    If you have any other questions or concerns that differ from this matter, please, feel free to create a new thread and we will cater to you there.

    Thank you for being a part of the Xbox Family and we wish you a wonderful day.
  6. Nburns25 Win User

    Gamertag is taken even though everywhere says its not

    Hello,

    Microsoft has stated previously that an account must be inactive for a minimum of 2 years before being designated as inactive. After that period, the gamertag can be reclaimed by a new account. Before then, there is no way to claim the gamertag if it is
    linked to an account that has not been inactive for two years.

    I hope this helps and sorry for the inconvenience.
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