Use Kinect voice commands with Xbox One

With Kinect voice recognition, you can control and interact with your Xbox One console by using voice commands. To engage your Xbox console, just say “Xbox”. A list of available commands appears on the screen. Then, say any of the commands that appear in the list. For example, say “Bing” to search using Bing.

You can also interact with your Xbox One console by saying “Xbox, Select”. When you say “Xbox, Select”, some features appear in green text. This lets you say just that word. For example, if you say “Xbox, Select” while you’re in Xbox Video, you can just say “Movies Store”.

This article lists some of the voice commands that are available for your Xbox One Kinect.

Supported locales

Speech recognition is supported in the following locales and languages:

Locale

Language

United States

English

United Kingdom

English

France

French

Germany

German

Canada

English/French

Australia

English

Brazil

Portuguese

Mexico

Spanish

Italy

Italian

Spain

Spanish

Note The “Xbox On” feature is currently only available in the following languages at launch:

Languages supported by “Xbox on”

Command

English

“Xbox On”

French

“Xbox Démarrez”

German

“Xbox Einschalten”

Please come back for updates about voice recognition support in additional countries.

Voice commands by category

Getting Around

If you want to…

Say this...

Turn on your Xbox One console (works only when Instant-On power mode is enabled)

"Xbox On"

“Xbox Démarrez” (French)

“Xbox Einschalten” (German)

Turn off your Xbox One console

Xbox, turn off”

Return to the Home screen

Xbox, go home” or "Show my stuff"

Open and go to a particular application

(for example, Xbox Music or Xbox Video)

"Xbox, go to <application name>"

Go back to the previous screen

"Xbox, go back"

Cancel the current action

"Xbox, cancel"

Snap a particular application

"Xbox, snap <application name>"

Unsnap a snapped application

"Xbox, unsnap"

Switch focus between snapped view and main view

"Xbox, switch"

Search using Bing

"Xbox, Bing <subject or topic>"

View the context menu

"Xbox, show menu"

Change view (same as pressing the View button)

"Xbox, change view"

Display the on-screen Help

"Xbox, help"

Note When you do a Bing search, wait for the search box to display before telling the console what to search for.

Communicating

If you want to…

Say this...

Bring up a list of your contacts

Xbox, Skype

View the contact details of your Skype contact

Xbox, Skype <person>”

Start a video call using Skype

Xbox, call <person>”

Answer a video call

Xbox, answer

Answer a voice call

Xbox, answer without video

Hang up or end a call

Xbox, hang up

Send an Xbox Live message to a friend

Xbox, send a message

Sign-in & Profiles

If you want to…

Say this…

Go to the sign-in page to sign in to any profile

Xbox, sign in

Sign-in to a specific account (use the first name on the account)

“Xbox, sign in as <person>”

Sign out of the active profile

Xbox, sign out

Scan a QR code for a game or downloadable content

Xbox, use a code

Notifications

If you want to…

Say this…

See your notification history

Xbox, notifications

See more details about a notification that appears

Xbox, show notification

Dismiss a notification that is on the screen

Xbox, close notification

Answer an incoming call when the notification appears

Xbox, answer

Answer an incoming call without video when the notification appears

Xbox, answer without video

Video & Music

If you want to…

Say this…

Play video content

Xbox, play

Pause video content

Xbox, pause

Rewind to a previous point

Xbox, rewind

Fast forward to a future point

Xbox, fast forward

Rewind or fast forward at a faster pace

Xbox, faster

Rewind or fast forward at a slower pace

Xbox, slower

Skip to the previous chapter

Xbox, skip backward

Skip to the next chapter

Xbox, skip forward

Stop playback of the content

Xbox, stop

Play music, starting with the last active playlist

Xbox, play music

Pause the track

Xbox, pause music

Skip forward to the next track of a playlist or album

Xbox, next song

Skip backward to the previous track of a playlist or album

Xbox, previous song

Note Xbox Music must be active to use music commands.

TV

If you want to…

Say this...

Watch live TV

Xbox, watch TV

Display the OneGuide

Xbox, show guide

Watch a specific channel

Xbox, watch <channel name>”

Volume

If you want to…

Say this...

Mute your television

Xbox, mute

Unmute your television

Xbox, unmute

Increase the television volume

Xbox, volume up

Decrease the television volume

Xbox, volume down

Gaming

If you want to…

Say this...

Invite a friend to a game or chat

Xbox, invite"

Record a game clip or highlight

Xbox, record that

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