Set Xbox Live Beacons on your Xbox 360

Tell friends what game you’re playing or want to play

You can set up an Xbox Live Beacon on your Xbox 360 to tell your friends on Xbox Live and social networks what game you’re playing, or which games you want to play on Xbox Live. For example, you can send out a beacon to let your friends know that you're interested in playing Halo, while you’re watching a TV show on your console. With beacons, no matter what you're doing, your friends know it’s OK to ask you to play the game in your beacon.

Set a beacon

Letting your friends know what game you want to play is easy. Here’s how:

  1. Press the Xbox Guide button on your controller.
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  1. Go to Beacons & Activity.
  2. On the My Beacons (leftmost) tab, select Set Beacon.
  3. Select the game you want to play from your game history.
    Note You can only set beacons for games you have played.
  4. Beacons are shared to all of your Xbox Live friends, but you can also share on Facebook by selecting Share to social networks.
  5. Edit the comment for the beacon if you’d like.
  6. Select Set Beacon.

Note If you haven’t shared something on Facebook from your console before, you’ll be prompted for your Facebook log-in information.

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Now your friends will know which games you’re interested in playing. You can have three beacons set at a time.

View beacons

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You can view your friend’s beacons directly in the Friends view. When you have selected a friend, and you see the beacon symbol next to a game title, you then know they’ve set a beacon and want to play. In addition, when you start a game, you’ll receive a message that one or more of your online friends wants to play that game. Go ahead and invite them to your game.

Remove a beacon

After you set a beacon, you can remove it at any time. Here’s how:

  1. Press the Xbox Guide button on your controller.
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  1. Go to Beacons & Activity.
  2. On the My Beacons (leftmost) tab, select the beacon that you want to remove, and then select Remove Beacon.

Troubleshoot beacons

For troubleshooting information, see Xbox Live Beacon error messages.

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