Think of how many times a day you pick up your phone or turn to your computer to conduct a search, shop, or play a game. Maybe you need to find a quick recipe, research a new laptop, or just relax after a busy day. With Microsoft Rewards, those little online actions you take every day can earn you points redeemable for gift cards, sweepstakes entries, nonprofit donations, and more.

What is Microsoft Rewards?

Microsoft Rewards is a program that's linked to your Microsoft account and allows you to earn points for searching the web with Bing, browsing with Microsoft Edge, and even for making purchases online at the Microsoft Store and on Xbox.

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How to start earning points with Microsoft Rewards

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The first step is to log in to your Microsoft account by clicking on the Sign in button in the upper-right corner of your Edge browser window.

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Once you’ve logged in, you’ll see your account name in the top-right corner.

You can always check this area to verify that you're signed in during your browsing session. Once you’re signed in, there are three ways to earn Microsoft Rewards while browsing the web on your computer.

  1. Search to earn: By using Bing as your search engine, you earn 5 points for every search you conduct, up to 150 points per day.
  2. Edge bonus points: When you use Bing with the new Edge browser, you earn an additional 5 points per search, up to 20 points a day.
  3. Daily sets: A daily set is a series of three activities, such as surveys or quizzes, that you complete to earn points. The activities refresh each day.

You can also earn points on your mobile device, just like on your PC, by signing in to your Microsoft account and using Bing. You can earn 5 points per search up to 100 points a day.

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Earn while you shop by signing in to your Microsoft account and shopping in the Microsoft Store online to earn 1 point for every $1 you spend.

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If you’re an Xbox user, you can earn points for playing select new releases and free-to-play games, renting movies and TV shows, sharing your thoughts in monthly surveys, and downloading new apps on Xbox One.

Xbox Game Pass members can earn points by playing games from the Xbox Game Pass library. Head to the Xbox Game Pass membership area of the Rewards app on your Xbox One console to learn more.

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How to redeem Microsoft Rewards

When you’re ready to redeem your Microsoft Rewards points, click the medal icon in the upper right-hand corner of your browser next to your Microsoft username. This will open a menu that shows a Redeem button that will activate once you’ve earned enough points to qualify for a prize. There is a wide array of choices, whether you want to donate to an eligible charity, redeem points for a gift card, or even enter a sweepstakes!

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Now that you’ve learned about Microsoft points, start rewarding yourself!