How to Use Money in Microsoft Account?

Last Updated: Feb 5, 2024 by

Microsoft account is a single sign-on service that allows users to access various Microsoft products and services, such as Windows, Office, and Xbox, with one account. It also offers the option to add money to your account, which can be used to purchase apps, games, and other digital content from the Microsoft Store. In this article, we will discuss how to use money in your Microsoft account.

Setting Up a Microsoft Account

Before you can use money in your Microsoft account, you need to have a Microsoft account. If you already have a Microsoft account, you can skip this step. If not, follow these steps to set up a Microsoft account:

  1. Go to the Microsoft account sign-up page.
  2. Enter your email address and create a password.
  3. Fill in your personal information, such as name, birthdate, and country/region.
  4. Verify your email address by entering the code sent to your email.
  5. Your Microsoft account is now set up and ready to use.

Adding Money to Your Microsoft Account

To add money to your Microsoft account, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Microsoft account website and sign in.
  2. Click on the “Payment & billing” tab.
  3. Under the “Payment options” section, click on “Add a payment option.”
  4. Select “Microsoft account” as the payment method.
  5. Enter your credit/debit card information or select “Redeem a code” if you have a gift card or promotional code.
  6. Click on “Next” and follow the prompts to complete the transaction.
  7. Your Microsoft account will now have the added money, which can be used to make purchases from the Microsoft Store.

Using Money in Your Microsoft Account

Now that you have money in your Microsoft account, you can use it to purchase apps, games, and other digital content from the Microsoft Store. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Microsoft Store app on your Windows device.
  2. Browse or search for the item you want to purchase.
  3. Click on the item and select “Buy.”
  4. If you have enough money in your Microsoft account, the purchase will be completed automatically. If not, you will be prompted to add more money to your account.
  5. Once the purchase is complete, the item will be downloaded and ready to use.

Setting Up Windows 11 Without a Microsoft Account

Some users may prefer not to use a Microsoft account to set up their Windows 11 device. In this case, you can still use money in your Microsoft account to make purchases from the Microsoft Store. To set up Windows 11 without a Microsoft account, follow these steps:

  1. During the initial setup process, click on “Offline account” when prompted to sign in with a Microsoft account.
  2. Follow the prompts to set up a local account.
  3. Once your device is set up, open the Microsoft Store app.
  4. Click on the three dots in the top right corner and select “Settings.”
  5. Under the “Account” tab, click on “Sign in with a Microsoft account instead.”
  6. Follow the prompts to sign in with your Microsoft account.
  7. You can now use the money in your Microsoft account to make purchases from the Microsoft Store.

By following these steps, you can easily add and use money in your Microsoft account to make purchases from the Microsoft Store. Whether you prefer to use a Microsoft account or not, you can still take advantage of the convenience and benefits of having money in your account. Have you used money in your Microsoft account before? Let us know in the comments.

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