How To: Unban Your Xbox LIVE Account That is Banned Until 12/31/9999 by Tricking Microsoft's Banning System

Unban Your Xbox LIVE Account That is Banned Until 12/31/9999 by Tricking Microsoft's Banning System

There was a huge ban wave recently on Xbox Live. In the unfortunate event that you decided to do something against Microsoft policy, and have consequently gotten yourself banned from Xbox Live, you may have come to the realization that doing whatever got you banned from Xbox Live in the first place was not worth the risk.

The image below is an actual image of my account being banned.

How to Unban Your Xbox LIVE Account That is Banned Until 12/31/9999 by Tricking Microsoft's Banning System

If you pay for any of the extra services to use with Live, you will be in an even worse predicament. Who wants to waste the 8 bucks a month on Netflix and Hulu if you can't even use the service to its fullest extent? Some of the services are only available to stream in HD over XBL, so if you want to use them on your computer, you will be missing out on the full experience.

In this Null Byte, I'm going to show you how we can exploit the Microsoft ban system and get our accounts unbanned. This won't work for everyone, but it will work for most people. You just need a few things.


  • A non-privated XBL account


  • An XBL account with a plethora of friends
  • Friends that will do you a kind favor

Step 1 Change Your XBL Account

First, we need to log into our XBL account from the website and get everything ready.

  1. Sign into the banned account via the Xbox website.
  2. Edit your motto, bio or whatever you choose.
  3. Replace the motto with any swear word, or combo of swear words. You can get creative if you want.

Step 2 Form Your Army

Now we need to get our group of buddies to help us out in a last-ditch effort to restore our account. In order for this to work, we must have our friends all gang up and report our account for foul language.

After enough people reporting you, the bot that controls short-term bans on Xbox Live will ban your account for just a few short weeks. When this happens, it causes a glitch on the XBL servers and it will unban your account after the ban-period for having foul language. Pretty clever, eh?

Here is my account back in working order:

How to Unban Your Xbox LIVE Account That is Banned Until 12/31/9999 by Tricking Microsoft's Banning System

I can vouch that it has worked for more than just myself, but I've also heard that it doesn't work for some users. The issue is likely from Microsoft's end, so if you don't get your account back, I feel terrible for you and wish you the best of luck in resolving this.

As a last resort, you can always try to social engineer someone over the phone, and play dumb. You can also call and ask "Is the reason I am banned beause my DVD drive is broken?" because MS falsely bans quite often for uses with a malfunctioning DVD tray.

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Thats why I will always be a pc gamer. (foreveralone.jpg)

Ahh, I've only revenlty become invovled with the PC gaming life. With an Xbox 360 controller, it's really hard to miss the console xD. Xbox has turned into the Netflix, Hulu and Vudu machine, haha.

Personally i do not like consoles all that much...Too restrictive in terms of OS, customization, content and so on... That and kid's these days are too damn cruel... When I see my little bro play tekken on ps3, everytime he wins, he gets bombarded with hatemail.. And not the nice kind..

But didn't you know? Everyone's a tough-guy online. xD

I did this and got a "temporary suspended" email and still banned to this day :/

HELP! Whenever I go to edit my profile it just takes me to the "account banned" page. What am I doing wrong??

I'm not sure, it lets other people ;d.

Didn't work for me :( I really want my account unbanned too. I did get the email about account being suspended tho.

I got perma banned for a profile/account vioolation when i didnt do anything on xbox live nothing in my motto was bad or my bio my gamerscore was all legit and you cant get perma banned for a profile violation and i got no warning on this violation to tell me to stop in my email...

Same thing. The only things that I did wrong were setting my zone to "None" and my watermark to a 10 through Modio. They should've given me a proper warning, because who reads the Code of Conduct & Policy Terms in the first place? I just got banned last night & I'm using a temporary Silver account (separate, my primary account was perma-banned) until I get this all sorted out. Any tips?

does anyone know how to get unbanned even with the newest xbox live update cause this one doesn't work for my account

Alright, this is my first post here so be gentle, also I would not have posted except people recently posted and others might not be posted but still be interested. As someone who is very good at social engineering, and essentially manipulation I have a suggestion. Since people seem to be having issues with the original exploit and as the original poster said XBL has a lot of false positives for bad dvd trays, here is a suggestion:

When you call, do not suggest that you have a bad dvd drive. No one (except a complete idiot) is going to fall for that. They've heard it a million and 3 times. So instead, you bait them into assuming the dvd drive is bad.

First you complain (complain nicely), then you act super frustrated, as the call goes on and they continue to try and help you resolve the issue (this is why you complain nicely) you try things, you try and come up with ideas. Eventually, you're going to say something to the extent of, "Ugh, this is why I should have purchased a Wii or a PS3, first my dvd tray starts sticking and causing problems, THEN I get banned from XBL for NO REASON!" At this point you should sound slightly angry, but not like "OH MAN THIS IS SO YOUR FAULT I HOPE YOU DIE!" angry.

The employee will more than likely hear the queue, they KNOW the system bans for DVD drive issues, and they will come to the conclusion on their own.

Through coached deductive reasoning:

  1. Hmmm this customer seems reasonably upset, but isn't a jerk.
  2. This customer is trying REALLY hard to figure out and resolve the issue.
  3. This customer's issue REALLY started when the dvd tray had some issues, but the customer didn't BLAME the dvd tray?
  4. This customer's DVD tray probably flagged them, I should unban them and make the company look good.
  5. Unbanned!

Good luck and sorry for the long rant.

Hey guys whats up.Hows the server going!

to alot of u who dont no how u were banned, are sure u didnt buy ur 360 with a modchip? they often ban you for that, or is ur disc tray faulty? they ban for that cuz if u have a special type in u can play backed up games like that

could you help me? like i got banned because i signed into CoD's webpage and got banned for... COMMERCIAL REASONS!?!?!? lol i wanted to sue treyarch for getting me banned. i had all you could have a paid membership for: netflix, crackle, zune etc. so anyway... could you or somebody help me? btw money is being drained out of bank account at a rate of about $50/week.

Microsoft are just becoming complete assholes >.< ! (Excuse the language but it's true) I just got banned for life cause I changed the color of my avatars hair using horizon! That's it! Hair color change. Like are you fcking with me right now?!?

Alright I'm gonna go do that stuff lol and try get my account back :) I have a whole friends list of YouTube subs so I should be good ^^

Please report me cant change motto but please report me and please report az sniper elite

i was banned a while back for a modded tenure. before the ban i didnt even know xbox kept track of any tenure. can u please help by reporting my gamertag bio? r0adxrunner. thats a zero not an o in the spelling. please and thanks 4 the help

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