Xbox 360 has an option to set and reset passcode to have control over the activities on the console. The main reason to set a passcode on Xbox 360 is to gain parental control. On Xbox 360, one can play video games, stream movies/shows, chat with friends, and use the browser. As there are too many activities involved in the console, Parents can take control over the activities of their children.

How to reset Xbox 360 passcode

Why should You Set Passcode on Xbox 360

[1] The first and foremost reason to set a passcode is to have control over the activities of your children or family on Xbox 360.

[2] You can set a time limit for console usage. Xbox 360 provides an option to set daily and weekly timers to limit your family’s console usage.

[3] There are options to restrict games and content (movies, TV shows, Series) on Xbox 360. Parents can decide what their children can play or watch on the console using this feature. One can also set restrictions based on rating.

[4] Parents can allow or deny access to Xbox Live. Also, they can restrict the creation of new Xbox Live memberships without their approval.

[5] Setting the passcode to Xbox 360 will allow the parents to determine the changes in its settings. The existing passcode is the key to resetting a new passcode on Xbox 360. It is also necessary to reset the Xbox 360 to Factory Settings.

How to Reset Xbox 360 Family Passcode

Quick Guide: Settings -> Family -> Change passcode -> Done -> Save

[1] Power on the Xbox 360 and go to Settings on your Xbox 360.

Click on Family settings on Xbox 360

[2] Scroll down and select the Family option.

[3] Enter the Existing passcode.

[4] Click on Change Passcode.

[5] Now, enter the New passcode twice.

[6] Tap Done and then click the Save option.

How to Reset Passcode on Xbox 360

In case you wish to reset a passcode and can’t remember the existing passcode, you can reset the Passcode by answering the preset questions.

[1] Go to Settings on your console.

[2] Select the Family option.

[3] Now, the page where you have to enter the Existing passcode opens.

[4] If it shows Incorrect Passcode, choose the Reset Pass Code option at the bottom.

Select Reset Pass Code

[5] Microsoft has an option to reset passwords on Xbox 360 using the Security question set during device registration.

Answer security question to reset Xbox 360 passcode

[6] Answer the Security Question and then tap Done.

[7] Now, you can reset the password of your Xbox 360.

Reset Passcode from your Microsoft Account

Note: People with Microsoft adult accounts can only get control over the console and reset the passcode of the Xbox 360.

Alternatively, one can also reset the family passcode on Xbox 360 using the Microsoft account. This method will reset your console to its original settings without affecting the games, game data, and profiles.

[1] Go to your Microsoft account to manage devices using a web browser.

[2] Now, you will get the list of devices registered under your Microsoft account.

[3] Select your Xbox 360 from the devices list.

[4] Click the More actions drop-down option.

[5] Choose Reset Passcode to change the family passcode of your console.

[6] A new window opens with the passcode to reset your existing passcode on Xbox 360.

[7] Now, go to Settings on your Xbox 360.

Choose console settings

[8] Select System settings followed by Console settings.

[9] Choose System Info and then enter the Passcode noted down from Microsoft webpage.

In System Info reset Xbox 360 passcode

[10] Confirm by tapping Yes to restore your Xbox 360 to the factory setting. As mentioned, this will not affect any other gaming data or profile on your console.

[11] As a result, your system will reboot, and you can start setting the content control now. Similarly, you can also set a new family passcode to your Xbox 360 after the reboot.

It is not mandatory to set a family passcode for your Xbox 360 console. However, it has its own advantages to taking control of the console and its activities. Especially it is useful when you have kids using the console. This is the reason why Microsoft allows users with an adult account to handle the content control as well as set or reset the family passcode.

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Frequently asked questions

How to reset the passcode on Xbox 360?

On your Xbox 360, go to Settings and then choose the Family option. Enter the existing passcode and click on Change passcode to reset the passcode on Xbox 360.

Can you reset Xbox 360 family passcode if you can’t remember it?

Yes. One can reset the Xbox 360 family passcode without the existing passcode. However, you need to know the answer to the security question. If not, you have an option to reset the passcode from the Microsoft account if you have registered the Xbox 360 to it.