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Xbox Live chat on the Xbox 360 console

Overview

Use your Xbox 360 headset or Kinect sensor to chat with your friends through the Xbox 360 console, either as a party or in private conversations.

If you’re experiencing problems with chat, see Troubleshoot problems with Xbox Live chat on Xbox 360.

Chat on Xbox Live

What you need

Private chat, party chat, and in-game voice communication all require the following:

Set up chat

Setting up communication is simple. Just connect your Xbox 360 headset or Kinect sensor, and then set your online safety settings. You can allow communication with everyone or just your friends.

  1. Connect your headset or Kinect sensor:
    • If you're using a wired headset: Connect it to your controller.
    • If you're using a wireless headset: Connect it to your console.
    • If you're using a Kinect sensor:
      1. Sign in to Xbox Live.
      2. On the controller, press the Guide button.
      3. Select Chat.
      4. Set the Kinect microphone to On.
      Tip Calibrating the Kinect sensor for speech and audio may improve your chat experience. To do so, see Using the audio tuner on your Xbox 360 Kinect Sensor. For more information on using voice commands with Kinect, see Kinect voice commands.

  2. Specify your online safety settings:
    1. Go to Settings and select Privacy.
    2. Select Change settings.
    3. Select Customize.
    4. Select Voice and Text.
    5. Select either Everyone, Friends Only, or Blocked, and then press B.
    6. Select Save and Exit.

    Note If you're using a child account on Xbox Live, the adult account must approve this change.

Private chat

Private chat is a conversation between you and one other person. No one else can hear or participate in this chat. Your friend can be playing the same game as you, playing a different game, watching a movie, or listening to music.

You can have up to four private chats going on at the same time:

  • During an Xbox Live multiplayer game, in addition to your public in-game communication.
  • While hosting an Xbox Live party.

Set up private chat

  1. Connect your Xbox 360 headset or Kinect sensor, and then sign in to Xbox Live.
  2. On the controller, press the Guide button.
  3. Select Chat.
  4. Select an available Private Chat channel, and then select or enter the gamertag of the person you want to chat with.
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  1. Select Send Message. The person you invite has five minutes to accept your invitation. After five minutes, Xbox Live assumes that your friend is unavailable and cancels the invitation. You can try to send another invitation later.

Note When someone declines a chat invitation, the sender doesn’t know whether the invitation had expired or was declined. The sender only receives a notification of the invitation cancellation.

Change the chat channel

You can change the chat channels to choose who you want to talk to.

To… Do this…
Talk to only players in your game
  1. Press the Guide button.
  2. Select Party and then Party Options.
  3. Select Chat Channel and then Game Chat.
Talk to only members of the party
  1. Press the Guide button.
  2. Select Party and then Party Options.
  3. Select Chat Channel and then Party Chat.
Mute an individual player
  1. Press the Guide button.
  2. Select Party and then the player's gamertag.
  3. Select Mute.

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