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Use Kinect voice commands to turn your Xbox One on and off

One of the features of Xbox One is the ability to turn your console on and off by using voice commands. It's easy! Once you're set up, you'll just say "Xbox on" or "Xbox, turn off."

And it gets better. You can also configure your Xbox One console to turn other entertainment devices on and off. For example, you can control your TV, audio/video receiver, and cable/satellite receiver. After you configure your Xbox One console, your entire entertainment system can turn on instantly and be ready to play the next time you are.

Note Voice commands are not available in all regions. For a list of Xbox One features and the regions where they're available, see Xbox One Feature Availability.

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Prerequisites

There are a few things you must have configured before you can use the "Xbox on" and "Xbox, turn off" commands.

Note The Xbox on/off commands are not available in all locales. To see if they are available in your locale, see Xbox One Feature Availability.

  • To use the "Xbox on" command, your Xbox One console must be set to Instant-On power mode. If your console is in energy-saving mode, the console and sensor are turned off and not listening for voice commands. For more information about power modes, see About energy-saving and Instant-On power modes and How to change the power settings on your Xbox One console. You can select the Instant on mode under Power mode & startup so that you can wake up the Xbox One console with your voice.
    Note
    This setting is enabled by default.
  1. Scroll left on the Home screen to open the guide.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select All Settings.
  4. Select Power & startup and then select Power mode & startup.
  5. Select Power mode and then select Instant on.
  • To control other devices such as your TV or audio/video receiver through your Kinect, these devices must be set up on your console. To set up these devices, follow these steps:
  1. Scroll left on the Home screen to open the guide.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select All Settings.
  4. Under TV & OneGuide, select Device control.
  5. Select TV.
  6. Follow the steps in TV setup. For more details, see Set up live TV with your Xbox One.
  • Your Kinect sensor must be plugged into your Xbox One console. Your sensor must also be enabled in the Settings menu. Verify that the Kinect on setting is selected. If it's not selected, select Kinect on. To verify that your sensor is enabled, follow these steps:
  1. Scroll left on the Home screen to open the guide.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select All Settings.
  4. Select Kinect & devices and then select Kinect.
  5. Select Kinect on.

Turn your Xbox One console on and off by voice

Note Make sure you complete the steps in the "Prerequisites" section before you try to use voice commands.

When your Xbox One is in Instant-On power mode, the console is listening for voice commands. When your console hears someone say "Xbox on," the console will turn on. Additionally, the console will turn on any devices that you have set up on the TV & OneGuide page.

Note When you use voice commands, speak clearly and don't use any extra words. For example, just say "Xbox on" instead of "Xbox, please turn on."

When you're finished playing, just say "Xbox, turn off." Your console and any devices that you configured on the TV & OneGuide page will be turned off. If there are other people in the room, your console will try to interpret if the current player is the one who's trying to turn off the console.

Troubleshoot issues with voice commands

If you're having trouble turning your console on or off using voice commands, try these solutions:

  • Make sure that you've met all of the requirements listed in the "Prerequisites" section, earlier on this page.
  • Check that your power supply is firmly plugged into the wall outlet and into your Xbox One console. Then, make sure that the LED power indicator light on the front of the console is orange or white. If the LED is not lit, see Xbox One console won't power on.
  • Make sure that your Kinect sensor is plugged into your console and that the sensor turns on when your console is on. If it doesn't turn on, unplug it for about ten seconds, and then plug it back in. If you're still having trouble, see Your Xbox One Kinect sensor won't turn on.
  • Restart your Xbox One console. If you unplugged your Kinect sensor or experienced a power outage, the sensor may not be listening for voice commands.
  • If your Kinect sensor doesn't recognize some or all your voice commands, try the following:
    Note If your play space is noisy or if another player in focus uses a different language, Kinect may not recognize your voice commands.

  • If you're having trouble controlling other devices such as your TV or satellite/cable box, make sure that these devices are set up on your console. To verify, follow these steps:
    1. Scroll left on the Home screen to open the guide.
    2. Select Settings.
    3. Select All Settings.
    4. Under TV & OneGuide, select Device control.
    5. Select the device you that you want to configure.
    6. Follow the steps in Set up live TV with your Xbox One.

Note For more information on how to set up devices, see How to connect your Xbox One to your home theater system for live TV.

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