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How to install games on Xbox One

When you insert a game disc or purchase and download a game from the Xbox Games Store, you need to install it on your console’s hard drive before it can be played. The installation process is simple and straightforward.

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Installing games from disc

When you insert a game disc into your Xbox One, the console will check to see whether the game is already installed. If it isn’t, you’ll be prompted to install the game.

Note You may be asked to download an update to the game before you are able to play it.

Installing games from the Xbox Games Store

When you purchase and download a game from the Xbox Games Store, or redeem a code, you’ll be prompted to install the game. Here's how:

  1. Say “Xbox, go to my games and apps”, or open My games and apps on the left-hand side of the Home screen.
  2. Select the game you want to install.
  3. Press the Menu button on your controller and choose Install.
  4. A progress bar will let you know the status of the installation.

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. All games can be started before the installation is complete, though not all game features will be available.
If you choose to install the game later, or if you ever need to reinstall, you can do so through My games and apps.

Reinstalling games


From time to time, you may find that you have to reinstall a game. Whether you installed from a disc or from the Xbox Games Store, you will have to delete or uninstall the previous installation first. To uninstall a game:

  1. Say “Xbox, go to my games and apps” or open My games and apps on the left-hand side of the Home screen.
  2. Select the game you want to install.
  3. Press the Menu button on your controller and choose 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 and select Install.

Note In some cases, you might have to uninstall the game first before reinstalling it. For more information, see Uninstall Xbox One content.

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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