Now that Microsoft has finally made free to play games actually free on Xbox Live, you may want to consider cancelling your Xbox Live membership. If you’re only playing games like Apex Legends, Warzone, Warframe, etc, there’s no need to keep an active Xbox Live sub, so follow along as we show you how and where to cancel your Xbox Live membership.

Related: How to move games and settings from Xbox One to Xbox Series X. Transfer from Xbox One to Xbox Series X.

Xbox Live and its paid membership levels have always been a sensitive topic in the gaming sphere. Although Xbox Live is decent value (now that the price hike has been axed) It has still always been required to play games that are entirely free to play on other platforms. Games like Apex Legends, Call of Duty: Warzone, Fortnight, Warframe, and of course the game that started the entire free to play battle royale genre, Fortnight.

Starting today the 21st or April 2021 Microsoft has finally made free to play games, free to play on Xbox consoles. That includes all Xbox consoles, not just the latest Xbox X/S. Which will probably have quite a few people asking themselves “Do I really need my Xbox Live subscription anymore”. If you do find yourself in this position and want to cancel your Xbox Live sub because you don’t play anything that isn’t free to play, you’ll find all the steps for cancelling your Xbox Live subscription below.

Quick steps to cancel your Xbox Live Subscription:

  1. Go to
  2. Sign in to your Microsoft account.
  3. Now scroll down and find the Xbox Live Gold section.
  4. Click Manage, and select Turn off auto-renew.
  5. Select Confirm cancellation and you’re done.

How do you cancel your Xbox Live subscription? Where do you cancel your Xbox Live membership?

To cancel your Xbox Live subscription, you’ll need to do the following. Although you can do this from any device with an Internet browser, you’ll find it easiest on a phone or computer.

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  • Next, scroll down the page until your find Xbox Live Gold, then click Manage. On the next page, click Turn off auto-renew. Finally, confirm the cancellation and your membership will end at the end of your paid month.

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After you have cancelled your Xbox Live Gold membership, you’ll still have full access to all the free to play games currently listed for download. This simple and long-overdue change should see a huge uptick in player numbers in most free to play games, however, it might also cause an uptick in smurf accounts and cheaters. Fingers crossed this doesn’t happen!

If you are also a PC gamer and haven’t yet installed the April 2021 update (KB5000842), you’ll probably want to check out the guide linked below. For some reason, the April 2021 update is killing game performance so you’ll want to avoid the update. If you’ve already installed it, we’ll show you how to remove it.

How to fix Windows update KB5000842 killing game performance