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How To Set Up An Xbox One: Quickly Set Up Your One S Or One X


Hurrah! You have an Xbox One, Xbox One S or 4K-enabled Xbox One X. You have a great games console and entertainment centre, and you are about to enter a world of great digital entertainment.

Now you need to set up your Xbox One. It is a pretty simple process, but our Xbox One setup guide is here to make it even simpler. 

If you’re new to the world of Xbox, be sure to take a look at our Xbox One S vs Xbox One X comparison, and our recommendations for the best Xbox One games

Set up and plug in

Make sure you have access to and the details of a Wi-Fi network, a TV and the space for your Xbox.

Take everything out of the Xbox One box and place the console on a flat surface near the TV you are going to use. Make sure nothing is blocking the vents of the Xbox, and that you are in reach of plug sockets.

Now get your HDMI cable. Plug one end into the HDMI socket in the back of the Xbox One, and then the other into the back of the TV. Also, find the Xbox Controller and put the batteries in the back. If batteries aren’t your thing, you can also pick up a rechargeable battery pack for the controller.

If you have an original Xbox One, plug the power cable into the power socket at the back of the console, and then plug the secondary cable into the power source (the big black block). The other end will go into the plug in the wall.

If you’ve got the more recent Xbox One S or One X, the power source is built in so you can plug your console directly into the wall socket using the provided cable. 

Your Xbox is now set up and good to go, so we will concentrate on the digital set up. 

Step-by-step Xbox One setup guide

Once everything is in place, power up the console by placing your finger over the Xbox One logo, push the Xbox One logo on the One S or One X, or push and hold the Xbox One logo on the controller.

If you powered on the Xbox from the button on the front of the console, you will be prompted to turn on the controller. To do this, just press the Xbox button in the middle of the controller.

You will see a close up image of the righthand side of the controller, and be prompted to hit the A button. Do so.

How to set up Xbox One

Now you will be prompted to select your language. Do that and the next step is to connect to the internet. When prompted, select ‘Add wireless network’, and the Xbox will scan for local networks. When it finds yours, select it and put in the password.

How to set up Xbox One

Alternatively you can connect a network cable to the back of the Xbox One and to your router, and select ‘Use wired connection’. Or manually add a wireless network. This requires you to you enter the SSID (network name), security type, and password. And if you don’t know what this means, don’t do it.

Once you are online you will be asked to select your location. Presuming you know what country you are in, this step should be simple.

Next the Xbox One will prompt you to download and install the latest system update. You need to do this to ensure that your Xbox has the latest, most secure software. Click Start update and the Xbox will do the rest.

The download may take a while, and the system will need to restart so now is a good time to make a cup of tea. 

How to set up Xbox One

At this point the Xbox will request that you select a time zone. Why it can’t do so based on your location is one of life’s great mysteries. Here in the UK by default it will automatically sync to local time. So just let it!

Next you choose whether to go with the Instant-On option, or select Save Energy. We’d got for Instant-On as it prevents your Xbox One ever booting down and means you can get straight in and play after two seconds. But as the name suggests Save Energy will, well, save energy!

Finally, it’s time to sign in with your Microsoft account. If you already have an Xbox this will be simple. If you don’t, but have an Outlook or other Microsoft account just use those details. Or set up a new one.

Your Xbox One is now set up and ready to go! (See also: Best Xbox One deals.)

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