Xbox Live Gold is the paid subscription for Xbox One gamers, providing full access to Microsoft's gaming network with a range of exclusive benefits. Access to online multiplayer, discounts, and free games all add value, serving up an essential deal that squeezes the most out of your console. Despite its value to some gamers, Xbox Live Gold isn't for everyone.

How to disable auto-renew for Xbox Live Gold

By canceling your Xbox Live Gold subscription, understand that you'll be losing access to all your previous benefits of the service. Going forward, multiplayer, Party Chat and other Xbox Live Gold services will be inaccessible, including previously free titles obtained via Games with Gold.

Over the years Microsoft has changed how to cancel a subscription for Xbox Live Gold, and most recently, subscription management was limited to the Microsoft website. As a result, you'll need to use a web browser to cancel, whether through the Xbox One's inbuilt Microsoft Edge browser or on another device.

  1. Navigate to account.microsoft.com/services.
  2. Sign into your Microsoft account.
  3. Navigate to the Xbox Live Gold subsection of the page.

  4. Click Manage.
  5. Choose Turn off auto-renew.
  6. Select Confirm cancellation.

Upon completing the steps, your Xbox Live Gold subscription will no longer renew going forward. Your existing Xbox Live Gold membership will continue until the current paid period passes, meaning all benefits are still usable in the meantime.

How to save on Xbox Live Gold

For those undecided about whether canceling Xbox Live Gold is best, consider saving through third-party retailers. Many storefronts serve up regular discounts and cuts on redeemable codes for monthly and annual memberships. We've rounded up our favorite stops to buy Xbox Live Gold below.

Best savings

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CDKeys continues to post killer deals on Xbox One codes, extending to cheap Xbox Live Gold. The store currently offers eight percent off 12-month codes, cut down to just $55.

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Xbox Live Gold via Amazon is just as convenient, with fast streamlined transactions and instant code delivery. Amazon also regularly hosts better deals on subscriptions than Microsoft, paired with other benefits of Amazon purchases.

Xbox accessories you'll love

Every one of these quality accessories is guaranteed to enhance your Xbox experience.

PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller for Xbox One ($20 at Amazon)

PowerA's take on the Xbox One controller is an attractive pickup for budget-conscious gamers that nails all the basics.

Talon PDP Xbox media remote ($20 at Amazon)

The Talon PDP Xbox media remote is great for watching shows on your console.

Xbox One S vertical stand ($10 at Amazon)

Stand your console upright with this accessory.

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