Set up your Xbox One console

Overview

Setting up your Xbox One console is easy. Just follow these step-by-step instructions.

Xbox One setup

Unbox and position the console

Step 1: Unbox the console

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An Xbox One game system typically includes:

  1. Xbox One console
  2. Kinect sensor
  3. Power supply
  4. Power cord
  5. Xbox One wireless controller
  6. Two AA batteries
  7. Chat Headset
  8. One HDMI cable
  9. Documents (Quick Start Guide, Manual, Xbox Live Trial card)

Step 2: Remove the protective tape

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Step 3: Position the console

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Make sure that the location for your console is as follows:

  • Stable surface
  • Well-ventilated, relatively cool, and away from direct heat sources
  • Uncluttered. Don't put other objects on, under, or right next to the console.

Connect the console to your TV

The Xbox One console system includes one HDMI cable. You can use this cable to connect the console to an HDMI-compatible TV or HDTV. Here's how:

  1. Remove the following sticker from the back of your console:
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  1. Connect the HDMI cable to the HDMI OUT port on your console.
  2. Connect the other end of the cable to the HDMI input on your TV.
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Notes

Connect the console to your set-top box

Note If you don't have cable or satellite TV, skip this section.

If you connect the set-top box (STB) for your cable or satellite TV provider to your console, then you can control your live TV content through your Xbox One. Here's how:

  1. On your TV, disconnect the HDMI cable that connects your TV to your STB.
  2. Connect the cable to the HDMI IN port on your console.
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Connect the console to your router or modem

You can connect your Xbox One to your wireless router or modem to access the Internet through your console. Here's how:

  1. Using a networking cable, connect your wireless router or modem to the networking port on the console.
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  1. Follow the on-screen prompts on your TV to connect to Xbox Live.

Connect the console to your Kinect sensor

For information about connecting the console to your Kinect sensor, see Connect your Kinect sensor to your Xbox One console.

Plug in the power supply

  1. Plug the power supply into the back of the Xbox One console.
  2. Plug the power cord into the power supply.
  3. Plug the other end of the power cord into an electrical outlet.
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The LED on the power supply should be amber, indicating that there is power but that the console is not on. If the LED on the power supply isn't on, ensure that it has power by plugging the power cord into another outlet.

Note We recommend that you plug the power cord directly into an electrical outlet and not into a power strip.

If you're having trouble with your power supply, see Xbox One console won’t power on.

Turn on your wireless controller and the console

  1. Open the battery door of the Xbox One wireless controller.
  2. Insert batteries to align with the polarity as indicated inside the battery compartment.
  3. Reinsert the battery door.
  4. Press the Xbox button on the wireless controller to turn on both the controller and the console.
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Troubleshooting tips:

If the wireless controller doesn't turn on: Check the batteries to ensure that they've been correctly inserted.

If the wireless controller turns on and flashes the Xbox One logo but doesn't turn on the console: Press the Xbox button on the console to turn it on.

  • Did the console turn on?
    • Yes. Confirm that the wireless controller is paired with the console. The controller that comes with the game system should be automatically paired with the console; separately sold controllers must be manually paired.

      For information about pairing a wireless controller to an Xbox One console, see Connect a wireless controller to your Xbox One.

    • No. Confirm that the console has power by making sure that the power supply is plugged in and functioning properly.

      If you're having trouble with your power supply, see Xbox One console won’t power on.

If the console turns on but there's no video signal:

  • Confirm that your HDMI cables are inserted into their correct ports as detailed above.
    • One HDMI cable should connect the HDMI OUT port on the console to the HDMI port on your TV.
    • One HDMI cable should connect the HDMI IN port on the console to the HDMI port on your STB.
  • Confirm that you've selected the correct TV video HDMI input.

    For more information about correctly setting your TV video input, see Improve the video quality of an Xbox One console.

Connect the console to your wireless controller

The controller that comes with your Xbox One is already connected to the console. If you bought an extra controller, or if the controller that came with the game system for some reason isn’t connected, then you’ll need to connect it to the console. For information about connecting the console to a wireless controller, see Connect a wireless controller to your Xbox One.

Set your console settings

To set your console settings, see Change your console settings on Xbox One.

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