Retrieving the Windows user in a UWP title

You can retrieve the Windows System User in a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) title, as follows.


A Windows.System.User object represents a local Windows user.

On Xbox console, this object allows multiple windows user to be logged in at the same time in a single interactive session.

If your app is a multi-user application, then a Windows.System.User object would be required to construct an XboxLiveUser, in order to access live services.

On other Windows platforms, such as PC or phone, where it only allow one Windows user on one device or in one interactive session, passing in a Windows.System.User to construct an XboxLiveUser is not required.

Ways to retrieve a Windows System User

Windows.System.User class static method FindAllAsync

To retrieve a Windows System User, one approach is to use static methods from the Windows.System.User class.

That class provides static methods to retrieve Windows.System.User objects. For example, you can call FindAllAsync to get all active windows users.


The class Windows.System.UserPicker provides methods to launch the user picker UI and select a Windows system user in multi-user scenarios.


The interface Windows.Gaming.Input.IGameController is the core interface for all controller devices, such as gamepad, racing wheel, and flight stick. You can get the Windows.System.User object that is associated with the game controller, by calling its User property.

Here are some game controllers implemented by Windows:

UserDeviceAssociation class static method FindUserFromDeviceId

To retrieve a Windows System User, first, obtain the device ID from Windows input events, such as:

Then, to find the user associated with the device ID, you can call the static method FindUserFromDeviceId in the class UserDeviceAssociation.