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Set up Alexa as a digital assistant for Xbox One

Note Xbox skill for Alexa is only supported in the US and the UK.

Setup

To set up the Xbox skill for Alexa:

  1. Sign into your Xbox. The Xbox you’re signed in to will be automatically linked (you can also enable it on your console under Settings > Kinect & devices > Digital assistants).
  2. Say “Alexa, open Xbox” and open the Alexa app, or search for Xbox in the Skills section of the Alexa app.
  3. Select the Xbox skill and sign in with your Microsoft account.
  4. Follow the instructions to discover your console and pair it to your Alexa device(s).

If multiple people will be signing in on the same Xbox, see Use Alexa with multiple Xbox profiles.

Alexa commands for Xbox

Standard commands

For access to all the commands available for the Xbox skill on Alexa, use the standard command structure, like this:

  • “Alexa, tell Xbox to pause”
  • “Alexa, tell Xbox to resume”
  • “Alexa, tell Xbox to turn up volume”
  • “Alexa, tell Xbox to turn volume down 5”
  • “Alexa, tell Xbox to turn off”
  • “Alexa, tell Xbox to launch Rocket League”
  • “Alexa, tell Xbox to launch Netflix”
  • “Alexa, tell Xbox to start broadcasting”
  • “Alexa, ask Xbox what I can say”

Both “Tell Xbox” and “Ask Xbox” work for standard commands.

Smart home commands

Alexa smart home commands work for power, volume, and media controls. With smart home commands, you can drop the “Tell Xbox” or “Ask Xbox” portion, as in these examples:

  • “Alexa, pause ‘Xbox’”
  • “Alexa, resume on ‘Xbox’”
  • “Alexa, turn the ‘Xbox’ volume up”
  • “Alexa, turn the volume down on ‘Xbox’”
  • “Alexa, turn off ‘Xbox’”

The default device name in the Alexa app’s Smart Home Devices section is “Xbox,” but smart home commands will work if you change the name to something else – “Living Room Xbox” or “Zach’s Xbox,” for example. This becomes especially important if you want to use Alexa with more than one Xbox. You can change the device name for your Xbox under Smart Home > Devices in the Alexa mobile app.

If you’ve recently used your Xbox One and there aren’t any other smart home devices paired with Alexa, you can drop the device name altogether, like this:

  • “Alexa, pause”
  • “Alexa, play”
  • “Alexa, resume”
  • “Alexa, skip forward”

Video skill commands

Note Video skill commands are currently in Beta in the UK. Game, app, and channel names may change.

A smaller set of video skill commands are used for TV and game functions on Xbox. You can enable and manage video skills under Xbox Skill > Settings > Manage TV & Video in the Alexa app. Examples include:

  • “Alexa, launch Rocket League”
  • “Alexa, launch Rocket League on Xbox”
  • “Alexa, launch Netflix”
  • “Alexa, launch Netflix on Xbox”
  • “Alexa, watch PBS”
  • “Alexa, watch PBS on Xbox”
  • “Alexa, record that”

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