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Use 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. You’ll just need to make sure your power mode is set to Instant-on. It’s on by default, but you can check it in Settings > All settings > Power & startup.

Using on and off voice commands with Cortana

With Cortana, you can use either a Kinect sensor or a headset for voice. However, turning on your Xbox only works with a Kinect. You can still turn it off  with a headset.

  1. To turn off your Xbox with your voice, say "Hey Cortana, Xbox off."
  2. To turn it back on, say "Hey Cortana, Xbox on."

If you forget or want to impress your friends, any of these will work with Cortana just as well. Say "Hey Cortana…" and one of the following commands:

  • "Turn off my Xbox"
  • "Turn off"
  • "Go to sleep"
  • "Turn on Xbox"
  • "Turn on"
  • "Start Xbox"

Using on and off voice commands with the original “Xbox” command

You’ll need a Kinect to use the original “Xbox” command:

  1. To turn off your Xbox with your voice, say "Xbox, turn off."
  2. To turn it back on, say "Xbox on."

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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