now lets you turn off auto-renewal

Microsoft has finally given users the option of turning off auto-renewal to the Xbox Live Gold service.


Microsoft's process to let you opt out of auto-renewal for its Xbox Live Gold service has always been more than a little inconvenient. Now with the launch of the newly-revamped, you can change the auto-renewal options all by yourself like a grown-up.

Simply log in and go to "My Account" at the top to find the option. Several Reddit users (via WinRumors) have opted out, though some have hit error snags. User Kbrot notes that while the process is easier than before, Microsoft is still quite adamant about luring you back into the service. "I feel like they're latched to my ankles getting dragged as I walk away."

This is one of many changes to hit, as the company prepares to launch the new Xbox 360 dashboard. The new "Beacons" feature lets you set up appointments for playtime with friends, and that feature is already available on No date has been given for the dashboard update, but it would seem to be coming soon.

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    November 11, 2011 8:45 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, now lets you turn off auto-renewal.

    Microsoft has finally given users the option of turning off auto-renewal to the Xbox Live Gold service.

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      November 11, 2011 9:09 AM

      The moment I read this I went to the Xbox website and immediately turned off auto-renewal. It's nice they added this, dealing with Live account stuff can be a PITA sometimes.

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        November 11, 2011 10:25 AM

        Would be better if people would not have to keep a CC associated with XBL

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          November 11, 2011 10:27 AM

          you don't have to if you buy the xbl cards instead

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            November 11, 2011 10:32 AM

            you can't pay for a family account with XBL cards

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              November 11, 2011 10:39 AM

              oh, that sucks. im not familiar with the family account stuff.

              one would expect microsoft would try to push those through retail purchases as well.

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              November 11, 2011 4:38 PM

              Can you pay for it with MS points? Buy MS point cards, enter in the code, then renew your family account with the MS funny money?

              What a hassle though.

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                November 11, 2011 4:51 PM

                i didnt see that as an option anywhere

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        November 11, 2011 1:12 PM


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        November 11, 2011 4:03 PM

        Hah! I did the exact same thing! :)

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      November 11, 2011 9:58 AM


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        November 11, 2011 12:21 PM

        Ya an expiring card wont stop them from trying to charge it at 9.99 a month. For me they did me a favor and tried to charge me for 6 months at 9.99 while I had a year card waiting for live to tell me I was silver. To fix it all it took waaay too many phone calls.

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      November 11, 2011 10:54 AM

      yay! finally got my card off of that shit. No more 360 for me :)

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      November 11, 2011 11:05 AM

      lol, just last week i did the 'change your address to Illinois' trick to turn it off.

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      November 11, 2011 11:59 AM

      If I don't renew gold will I still be able to play GTA IV for PC online? I know, I should have been paying attention during the shackbattles.

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      November 11, 2011 3:52 PM

      sayonara xbx live!

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      November 14, 2011 11:30 AM

      We have been able to do this for a month or so now, so why the big deal now? Before that you just had to call support to have your credit card removed. It was as easy as telling them the card was stolen and you would add a new card once you received one. Eveyone talks as it was so impossible. At least your info is safe, unlike the PS3 and now Steam being hacked.

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