Examples of Cortana voice commands on Xbox One

Cortana improves the voice experience on Xbox One by expanding what you can say and how you can say it. To see these examples on your console, say “Hey Cortana, what can I say?”

Keep in mind, this isn’t a complete list, but a look at what’s possible with Cortana.


Turn your Xbox on and off

“Hey Cortana, Xbox on”
“Hey Cortana, turn off”
“Hey Cortana, restart”

Media controls

Control your media playback

“Hey Cortana, play some music”
“Hey Cortana, pause the movie”
“Hey Cortana, play that again”
“Hey Cortana, rewind”
“Hey Cortana, play the next song”
“Hey Cortana, mute”

Audio controls

Control your sound level

“Hey Cortana, volume up”
“Hey Cortana, mute”


Getting around on Xbox One

“Hey Cortana, go home”
“Hey Cortana, go back”
“Hey Cortana, show menu”
“Hey Cortana, change view”
“Hey Cortana, switch”
“Hey Cortana, show guide”
“Hey Cortana, show notifications”


Sign in, out, and off

“Hey Cortana, sign in”
“Hey Cortana, sign in as John”
“Hey Cortana, sign out”


Play and chat with friends

“Hey Cortana, is Michael online?”
“Hey Cortana, what’s Amy doing?”
“Hey Cortana, start a party with Ryan”
“Hey Cortana, send a message to Jasmine”

Games and apps

Jump in and have fun

“Hey Cortana, open friends & clubs”
“Hey Cortana, launch Mixer”
“Hey Cortana, play Forza”

Game captures

Record your awesomeness

“Hey Cortana, take a screenshot”
“Hey Cortana, start broadcast”
“Hey Cortana, record that”

TV and OneGuide

Sit back and enjoy

“Hey Cortana, watch TV”
“Hey Cortana, watch ESPN”


Find what you’re looking for

“Hey Cortana, search the web for news about Xbox One”
“Hey Cortana, search the Store for Minecraft”


Browse the catalog

“Hey Cortana, use a code”
“Hey Cortana, show me movies with Matt Damon”


Get answers

“Hey Cortana, help”


Get directions

“Hey Cortana, show me a map of 123 Main Street”
“Hey Cortana, how far is it to the Grand Canyon?”
“Hey Cortana, when does Starbucks open?”
“Hey Cortana, find cheap pizza restaurants near me”
“Hey Cortana, what’s traffic like on the way to work?”


People, places, things, stuff

“Hey Cortana, who is the tallest woman in the world?”
“Hey Cortana, who is the president of Finland?”
“Hey Cortana, what’s the capital of Qatar?”
“Hey Cortana, who won the first Super Bowl?”
"Hey Cortana, how tall is Mount Kilimanjaro?"
"Hey Cortana, how many floors are in the Empire State Building?"
"Hey Cortana, who built the White House?"
"Hey Cortana, who are Amy Schumer’s parents?"
"Hey Cortana, when does fall begin?"
"Hey Cortana, where was Barack Obama born?"


Flights and packages

"Hey Cortana, what time does Alaska 32 depart?"
"Hey Cortana, flight status for Southwest 11?"
"Hey Cortana, what’s the status of Hawaiian flight 21?"
"Hey Cortana, when will my package arrive?"


Scores, stats, and predictions

"Hey Cortana, when is the next Seahawks game?"
"Hey Cortana, what is the score of the Packers game?"
"Hey Cortana, what’s the Arsenal score?"
"Hey Cortana, who will win the 49ers-Cardinals game?"

Show times

Movies and concerts

“Hey Cortana, what are the show times for Star Wars?”
"Hey Cortana, what movies are playing near me?"
"Hey Cortana, Daft Punk events near me?"


Currency conversions and stocks

"Hey Cortana, convert 60 dollars to yen"
"Hey Cortana, bitcoin exchange rate"
"Hey Cortana, how much is Costco stock worth?"
"Hey Cortana, what’s the stock market symbol for Ford Motors?"
"Hey Cortana, how are the U.S. markets doing?"
"Hey Cortana, what’s the value of Microsoft stock?"


Calculations and conversions

"Hey Cortana, convert 172 pounds to kilograms"
"Hey Cortana, how many meters in 1 kilometer?"
"Hey Cortana, what’s the value of cos 60?"
"Hey Cortana, what’s the square root of 256?"


Definitions and translations

"Hey Cortana, define delve"
"Hey Cortana, what is the meaning of Spartan?"
"Hey Cortana, translate hello to German"
"Hey Cortana, how do you say ‘how are you’ in French?"


What’s it like out there?

"Hey Cortana, is it hot in Rio de Janeiro?"
"Hey Cortana, will it rain this weekend?"
"Hey Cortana, do I need an umbrella?"
"Hey Cortana, what’s the weather like right now?"

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