12.5 C
New York
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Home How to How to connect your phone to an Xbox One with the Xbox...

How to connect your phone to an Xbox One with the Xbox app

Brenda Stolyar/Digital Trends

Microsoft’s dedicated Xbox smartphone app is a great way for players to stay engaged with their gaming friends while on the go.

Like Sony’s PlayStation app, the Xbox app allows users to purchase games, share content, view their achievements, and send updates to their followers on Xbox Live. It also provides additional tools for viewing achievements, controlling movie playback, and accessing social elements such as profiles and messaging, all of which is much more convenient than logging onto your console or PC to do the same thing.

All it takes to gain complete control over your Xbox experience is a little bit of patience. The process for pairing your devices is now easier than ever, so read on for our quick-hit guide on how to connect your smartphone to an Xbox One on Android and iOS.

Step 1: Download the Xbox app

Before downloading the Xbox app for iOS or Android, you’ll want to update your smartphone or tablet to the latest version of its respective operating system. Users of iOS need version 9.0 or higher to run the app. Microsoft recommends Android users have version 4.0 or higher. Once updated, head over to either iTunes or the Google Play Store and enter “Xbox” in the search field to locate the app.

Tap the Install button to begin downloading the app to your smartphone or tablet, and launch it once it’s installed. Then sign into your Xbox account when prompted.

Download for:

iOS Android

Step 2: Connect to your network

To sync your Xbox One and your phone, both devices must be online. To check your network on the Xbox One, go to the Settings menu, then select Network, and finally “Network Settings.” On your smartphone, go to the network/Wi-Fi menu in your device’s system preferences or settings. If your Xbox One is not connected, select Set up wireless network, choose your desired network, and enter the respective password if prompted. Both devices must be within range of your network to connect.

Certain features, like using your phone as a remote control for the Xbox One, require both your Xbox One and phone to be connected on the same Wi-Fi network. Others, such as checking your achievements and activity feed, work as long as both devices are connected to any internet connection.

Step 3: Sync your smartphone with your console

While using the Xbox app, tap the three horizontal bars in the upper-left corner to bring up the main menu. From here, you can access most features, but for now, just tap Console. After a second, a Connect to your Xbox One option should appear near the top of the screen.

Tapping that should bring up a list of available Xbox consoles that you can connect to. Assuming yours is the only one on the list, tap the icon — labeled Xbox-SystemOS, unless you’ve renamed it– and then Turn on. Voila! Your smartphone and your Xbox are now soulmates. You should now be able to use your smartphone as a controller and keyboard, though this functionality is limited to the Xbox OS. There’s currently no in-game, second-screen integration.

Step 4: Use the app

Connecting is easy, but learning how to use the Xbox app takes a little time and understanding. Again, tapping the three horizontal bars in the upper-left corner of the app will bring up the menu, which allows you to view your profile and achievements, as well as your recorded clips and screenshots, and access the Xbox Store, among other things. Tapping your avatar icon will bring up your friends list, while the icons next to it control messages and notifications, respectively. A new icon, represented by three avatars, even allows you to start a party chat while on the go.

Updated with terminology to reflect new version of Xbox app, added information on party chat.

Editors’ Recommendations

  • How to factory reset an Xbox One
  • It’s not just for gaming: How to watch Blu-rays on the Xbox One S and Xbox One X
  • Learn how to quickly and easily pin a game or app on Xbox One
  • Upgrading your system? Here’s how to transfer your data to an Xbox One X
  • Here’s how to record a gameplay video on Xbox One


Latest

Sterilize your items and work space with this portable UV-C wand

In an age when cleaning wipes and hand sanitizer aren’t easily found, it’s a little tough to keep your personal items and space clean. Not wiped down and washed, but free from germs and bacteria.Rather than fighting your way through a store to find only to find out there are no wipes left, take a smarter approach. The SANITECH UV-C Wand, on sale for just $72.99, is the sort of thing you buy once and get to use over and over. Try that with those Clorox Wipes.About the size of an electric toothbrush, the SANITECH UV-C Wand emits a UV-C light that kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria within ten seconds. It cleans all sorts of surfaces, including clothes, bedding, phones, keyboards, laptops, and more. If your hands touch it, you can probably clean it with the SANITECH UV-C Wand.FeaturesUV-C light kills 99.9% of germs, bacteria, & viruses within 10 secondsChemical-free for your safety & can be used on baby products, cosmetics, pet supplies, on home and public spacesLasts up to 90 minutes w/ full chargeBuilt for travel & convenienceBuy it NowPurchase the SANITECH UV-C Wand for just $72.99, a savings of 18% off the normal $90 price. Choose from Winter White, Flamingo Pink, and Seabreeze Green.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

Motorola One Fusion+ comes to US for $400

Motorola on Tuesday announced that its One Fusion+ smartphone will be available for US  buyers starting on August 5. Sold direct to consumers, the unlocked handset will retail for $400.Already available in India and Europe, the phone packs a 6.5-inch FHD+ display, 6GB RAM, and 128GB storage. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor powers the experience with help from Android 10.Around back there are four cameras, a 64-megapixel primary sensor, 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens, a 5-megapixel macro, and 2-megapixel depth sensor. The front of the phone has a pop-up 16-megapixel selfie camera.A 5,000mAh battery packs enough juice to keep things running for two days at a time. Rounding things out are a rear fingerprint reader, USB Type-C charging, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a microSD expansion card slot.The Motorola One Fusion+ is built and priced similarly to the recently introduced Google Pixel 4a. In other words, it’s got all the power one might need for a daily driver and it comes at a cost many can afford.

Google Pixel 4a vs. Samsung Galaxy A51: Battle of the budgets

The Samsung Galaxy A51 is stunning and the Pixel 4a has a knockout camera, but which phone is best all-around?

Samsung is reportedly building a chip that tracks body movements for Google

The South Korean company is reportedly working on more than one chips for Google