How to change the password for your Microsoft account (Xbox, Skype, Outlook, OneDrive)
Regularly changing the password that you use on your Microsoft account is a good way of keeping it safe. You may want to change it if your account has been compromised or simply because you have used the same password for too long. In this article we will you how to change the password for your Microsoft account in the easiest way possible, by using a web browser. Let’s get start:
NOTE: This guide applies to Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone, Office 365, Xbox and any other product or service where you need to use a Microsoft account. If you need a refresher on what a Microsoft account is and, read this guide: What is a a Microsoft account?.
How to change your Microsoft account password online
If you want to change your Microsoft account password online, you need to access login.live.com in your favourite web browser. Here, you’ll be asked to sign in with your Microsoftaccount. Start by typing the email address, or phone number or Skype name, corresponding to your Microsoft account and press Next.
Then, type the current password of your account. Press Sign inwhen you’re signed in.
You’ll now be logged into your Microsoft account. On the left side of the page, just below your picture, you’ll see some basic information about your account, like your email address and name. To change your password, click or tap Change password,located at the right side of your email address.
To protect your account, Microsoftwill ask for a security code, before letting you change the password. You can receive this security code via text, email or through a two-step verification app (if you configured one for your account). If you choose the text option, you have to introduce the last four digits of your number in the text case below. If you choose to receive the code by email, you need to type your email address in the case below.
Choose one of the options that suits you, fill in the additional info in the field below and press Send code.
Open your email or messaging app to get your code depending on which option you chose. Type the security code in the text field shown and press Submit.
NOTE: If you don’t want to do this every time you access important information in your Microsoft account, you can set the Authenticator appfor a quicker sign in. If you want to learn how to set it, check our article: How to set up Two-Step Verification for your Microsoft account. If you’re fine with the existing process, just press Set it up later.
Now, it’s time to change your password. Type the current password in the first text field, and your new password in the second and third text field. If you want a safer account, you can check the “Make me change my password every 72 days” option. Press Next,when everything is set.
That’s it! You’ll be notified about your change and its date will be displayed. Next time you sign in, make sure that you use this new password. Remember that the password has been changed for all Microsoft services and platforms that require a Microsoft account: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows Phone, Windows 10 Mobile, OneDrive, Outlook.com, Xbox, Skype, Office 365 and so on.
As you can see, changing your Microsoft account password is really easy and it can be done in no time. Just make sure you pick a strong password and try to change it frequently to keep important info secure. If you encounter problems performing any of the steps shown in the guide don’t hesitate to share them with us in the comments below.