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How to Set up and Use Google Assistant with Xbox One

Google and Microsoft have finally made Google Asistant available on the Xbox One with the November 2019 update. You can use it to turn on the Xbox, launch a game, record video, or take a screenshot while playing a game with your voice.

Google Assistant support on Xbox One doesn’t mean you get Google Assistant app on the console, it simply enables the Assistant on your existing devices such as your Android phone or your iPhone to communicate with your Xbox One over voice.

To set up Google Assistant on Xbox One, you need to download and install the Google Home app on your Android device or iPhone. Get it from the respective store links below.

Make sure your Xbox One is turned on and you’re signed in with your Microsoft account on the console.

Then, open the Google Home app on your mobile phone and tap the “+” sign at the top-left corner of the screen to add a new device.

Tap “+” to add a device in Google Home app

On the next screen, tap Set up device under the “Add to home” section in Google Home app.

Tap “Set up device” in Google Home app

On the “Set up” screen in Google Home app, tap the “Have something already set up?” area under the “Works with Google” section to link your Xbox One to Google Assistant on your phone.

Tap “Have something already top set up” to link your Xbox One

Tap 🔍 Search icon at the top-right corner of the screen to find and add Xbox to Google Home.

Tap “Search” icon to look for Xbox

Type Xbox in search bar, and then tap on the Xbox icon from the search results.

Search and add Xbox device to Google Home

Now Sign in with your Microsoft account. Make sure you use the same account that you use to sign into your Xbox.

Sign in with your Microsoft account

Microsoft will ask for your permission to let Google use your info. For Google Assistant to work with Xbox, it’s critical that you tap Yes and allow Google access to Xbox devices connected to your Microsoft account.

Tap “Yes” to give Google access to your Xbox

After a few seconds of signing-in, the Google Home app will show the name of Xbox device on the screen. Tap/select your Xbox device name, then tap “Add to a Room” button at the bottom of the screen and select a room to which you want to add this device.

Still from a video by Jonny Troche

💡 TIP: Rename your Xbox
If your Xbox is named weirdly in the Google Home app. Then rename it by tapping on it from the Google Home screen, and then tap its name and rename it to something simple like “Xbox”.

You should do this because you’ll need to call this name every time you want to issue a command to your Xbox using Google Assistant. Trust us, this will make it much easier to use the Assistant with your Xbox.

Now that everything is set up, you can try some voice commands from Google Assistant on your phone or the Google Home (aka Nest Home) devices in your home to command your Xbox.

Google Assistant Xbox Commands List

COMMANDSACTIONS
Hey Google, turn on Xbox.Turn on
Hey Google, turn off Xbox.Turn off
Hey Google, play Gears 5 on Xbox.Launch game
Hey Google, volume up on Xbox.Volume up
Hey Google, volume down on Xbox.Volume down
Hey Google, mute Xbox.Mute
Hey Google, un-mute Xbox.Un-mute
Hey Google, pause.Pause*
Hey Google, play.Play*
Hey Google, next.Next*
Hey Google, previousPrevious*
Hey Google, take a screenshot on Xbox.Take a screenshot
Hey Google, record that on Xbox.Record a game clip
Hey Google, reboot Xbox.Reboot
Hey Google, stop on Xbox.Stop
Hey Google, switch to PBS on Xbox.Watch a TV channel (if live TV is configured)

* Media playback commands can be triggered with or without saying the device name.


🍻 Cheers!

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