Removing your credit card information from Xbox LIVE has always been a pain in the rear for many subscribers. Quite a few people felt uncomfortable with their credit card information being “stuck” on their account especially when consoles are traded in, sold or otherwise passed on to new people. I posted an article about removing your credit card information back in April 2007 that worked for some but for many others, the process was still a headache. People are still commenting on that article as a matter of fact with weird ways to resolve this.
Well take a seat because I’m about to totally blow your mind. You can now easily remove your credit cards from your account with the simple click of a mouse button. Yes, that process has become extremely easy now. I want to update you on exactly how you can go about removing your credit cards from your account. This may have been known by most but I’m sure there was at least one person out there who wasn’t aware because to be honest, even I just found this information.
- Log on to Xbox.com and select Manage Profile (click for larger image)
- Select Manage Payment Options (click for larger image)
- Click “Remove” on the credit card you want to remove & it’s gone (click for larger image)
One thing to note is that the credit card needs to be free of Auto Renewal. If it’s tied to an active subscription set to Auto Renew, you’ll have to call Xbox Support and remove auto renewal before being able to remove your credit card on file. And there must be at least one card on file if you have an active subscription. If you’re a Silver member you can remove every card on file but active Gold members need at least one active card on file.
I hope this eases some concerns out there. It surely put a smile on my face to know that this process is pretty easy and mindless now as it should have always been. If you know of someone who may not know, be sure to pass the word around and point them to this article.
Remember, your account is accessible via the email address you used when creating your Gamertag and establishing it as a Windows Live ID. So be sure to remember the email address you signed up with.