Manage your Xbox game library

Overview

You can download games from the Xbox Live Games Store and install games from disc to your console’s hard drive. To see your installed and downloaded games, go to Games, and then select My Games. Not seeing My Games? Update your Xbox 360 console software.

Download games from Xbox Live

You can browse the Xbox Live Games Store on your computer and add games to your console’s download queue. The next time your console connects to Xbox Live, the items in your download queue will start downloading. To learn how to do this, see Buy content from Xbox Live.

Download games to your console
  1. On your console, sign in to Xbox Live.
  2. Go to Games, and then select Browse Games.
  3. Select the game, add-on, or game demo that you want to download.
  4. Select Confirm Download.
Watch the following video to learn how to download games to your console.

Watch the video “Find and download games”.

If you cannot download your game, see Troubleshoot your Xbox Live connection.

If you still are experiencing a problem downloading your game, contact Xbox Support by clicking the Contact Us link at the bottom of this page.

Play a downloaded game

  1. On your console, go to Games, and then select My Games.
  2. Select the game you want to play.
How to install a game

  1. Insert the game disc into the disc drive.
  2. Note After you insert the disc, the default option is to automatically start the game. If the game starts, exit the game, and return to the Xbox Dashboard.

  3. Go to Home.
  4. Highlight the game you want to install with your controller.
  5. Press X on your controller.
  6. Select Install.
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    A progress indicator appears while your game is installed to your hard drive. Installing a game to your hard drive can take up to 12 minutes.

Notes
  • Installing a game to your hard drive requires between 4 and 8 gigabytes (GB) of free disc space.
  • After installing a game on your hard drive, you still need to have the game disc in the disc drive when you start the game.
  • Installing games on your hard drive improves load times and minimizes game disc access.
  • Original Xbox games can't be installed on an Xbox 360 Hard Drive.

Play a game installed on your hard drive

  1. Go to Home.
  2. Insert the game disc into the disc drive.
  3. Select the game if it doesn’t start automatically.
  4. Note To play a game installed on your hard drive, the game disc must be in the disc drive. The console will play the installed game from your hard drive, after the console checks for a valid game disc in the disc drive.

Delete games from your hard drive

  1. Go to Settings, and then select System.
  2. Select Storage, and then select Memory Unit.
  3. Select Games and Apps.
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  1. Find and select the game you want to delete.
  2. Select Delete.

Redownload a game

If you delete a downloaded game from your hard drive, you can redownload it from your download history:

  1. Sign in to Xbox Live using the gamertag that you used when you originally purchased the content.
  2. Go to Settings and select Account.
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  1. Select Download History.
  2. Browse your download history. If you want to download something again, select the item, and then select Download Again.
    Note If you want to see the charges on your Xbox Live account, see Check your Xbox Live billing and download history.

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