Prepaid codes are an alternative to making digital Xbox One purchases with a credit card or PayPal account, and also a way to redeem giveaways and other promotions. These codes are available from a variety of retailers and can be redeemed for digital content in Xbox One’s Games, Movies & TV, Music, and Apps stores; these codes can also be used to start or extend an Xbox Live Gold membership. On the Xbox 360, prepaid codes were limited to manually entering a 25-character code. Now, on the Xbox One, you can choose to manually enter the 25-character code, or you can instead choose to use Kinect to quickly scan a QR code containing the same information.
If your console is on and Kinect is enabled, simply say, “Xbox, use a code.” Kinect will view your room and wait for you to hold up a QR code from a redemption card, printout, or mobile device to its camera. As long as you’re holding the QR code within 6 feet of the camera, Kinect should recognize and automatically redeem the code within a few seconds.
As an alternative to the Kinect voice command, you can select the Use a Code tile in the Games store.
Enter a Code Manually
Besides redeeming a code from the Use a Code tile in the Xbox One Games store, you can also use a web browser. This is particularly handy for older redemption cards that lack a QR code or when you’re away from your Xbox One.
From your computer, smartphone, or tablet web browser, go to https://account.xbox.com/en-US/PaymentAndBilling/RedeemCode and follow these steps:
Click the Redeem button.
Enter your Xbox Live credentials, then click the Sign In button.
Enter your 25-character code, then click the Confirm button.
Click the Confirm button.
Although somewhat superfluous, these steps also work from the Xbox One’s Internet Explorer app.