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How to install games on Xbox One

Whether you buy a game on disc or download it from the Xbox Games Store, you need to install it on your console’s hard drive before you can play it.

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Installing games from disc

When you insert a game disc, the console checks to see whether the game is already installed. If it isn’t, you’re prompted to install the game.

Note You may also be prompted to download an update to the game before you can play it.

Installing games from the Xbox Games Store

When you download a game from the Xbox Games Store it installs automatically. While the game is downloading and installing, it appears in the Queue section of My games and apps.

Do I need to install the entire game to my hard drive before I can play it?
No. Some Xbox One games are pretty large, and installing the entire game, especially if you’re downloading it, can take a while. You can start any game before the installation is complete, though not all game features will be available. If you watch the download in the Queue or Games section of My games and apps, "Downloading" changes to "Ready to start" when it's available to play.

If you choose to install the game later, or if you ever need to reinstall a game, use My games and apps.

Reinstalling games

Before you can reinstall a game, you must uninstall it from the console's hard drive. To uninstall a game:

  1. Say “Xbox, go to my games and apps” or open My games and apps on the Home screen.
  2. Select Games.
  3. Highlight the game that you want to uninstall, press the Menu button, then select Manage game.
  4. Select Manage all, select Uninstall all, then select Uninstall.

You can then reinstall the game by inserting the disc or downloading again from the Xbox Store. To download the game again, search for the game in the Store, select the game, then select Install.

What to do if the game installation stops for a long time

If you are trying to install a game and the installation pauses for a long period of time, see The installation process stops at or near 0% when you try to install an Xbox One game from a disc.

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