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How to use digital downloads

Play right away with downloadable games and software – we’ll show you how.

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A selection of digital downloads.

Enjoy your new game, add-on or software without the wait by using a digital download. In this guide you'll find out how to shop and redeem your new download.

What are digital downloads?

Digital downloads allow fast access to video games, subscriptions and software on your PC or console without the need for a physical disc. You can buy them from Argos, and you'll then receive an email with a code within 2 hours of purchase. No need to pick anything up or wait for a delivery!

Digital downloads for the games Cuphead and Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Full games and extra content

Download great video games, from big name titles like Minecraft to smaller indie fare. Plus, get more from the games you own with add-ons and expansion packs, like extra cars in Forza Horizons and adding new features like pets to The Sims.

Digital downloads for Grand Theft Auto Online currency and FiFA points.

Game currency

Many games have an in-game currency or points system which you can use to unlock more content. Build your dream squad with FIFA points, arm yourself with new weapons in Apex Legends, flash your cash in Grand Theft Auto and much more.

Digital downloads for Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Now.

Gaming subscriptions

Get instant access to the best gaming subscription services: choose from over 100 high-quality games with Xbox Game Pass, stream and download games on demand with PlayStation Now, and play online with Xbox Gold and PlayStation Plus.

Digital downloads for Microsoft Office 365.

Software

Download software subscriptions like Microsoft 365, which gives you access to premium Office apps including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, cloud storage to save and back up files and photos, advanced security, and more.

How do I buy a download?

1. Choose the download you want online

Pop your choice in your basket and complete your purchase.

2. Receive your code

You'll be emailed a code within 2 hours of purchase. It'll be sent to the email address you log into your Argos account with.

3. Redeem your code

How you redeem your code will depend on the platform you've bought it for - see below for more details.

How do I redeem a code on a games console?

How you redeem your code for a game depends on the console you've bought it for. We've broken it down by console below:

Digital downloads for Xbox Game Pass and Minecraft.

Xbox Series & Xbox One downloads

To redeem on either console:

  1. Sign in to your Xbox console with your Microsoft account.
  2. Open the Store app from the Home screen.
  3. Open the side menu and select Redeem.
  4. Enter the 25-character code and follow the prompts.
Digital downloads for PlayStation Now and Apex Legends currency.

PS5 & PS4 downloads

To redeem on a PS5:

  1. On your PS5, go to Settings, then Users and Accounts.
  2. Select Account, then Payment and Subscriptions, then Redeem Codes.
  3. Enter your code and select Redeem.

To redeem on a PS4:

  1. Go to the PlayStation Store on your console.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the sidebar to Redeem Codes.
  3. Enter your code and select Redeem.

How do I redeem a code on a PC?

Digital downloads for Microsoft Simulator Premium and Age Of Empires III.

PC game downloads

To redeem on your PC:

  1. Go to redeem.microsoft.com
  2. Sign in with your Microsoft account (you can create an account if you don't have one).
  3. Enter the 25-character code from your email and select "Next".
Digital downloads for Microsoft 365 Personal and Microsoft 365 Family.

PC software downloads

To redeem on your PC:

  1. Go to Office.com/setup
  2. Sign in with your Microsoft account (you can create an account if you don't have one).
  3. Enter the 25-character code from your email and select "Next".

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