How to download Xbox One captures on Android
The Xbox app for Android doesn't let you do this. Enter a third-party developer.
One key feature the Windows 10 Mobile Xbox app has over both the iOS and Android versions is that you can not only view but also download your console captures from the cloud. Once uploaded to Xbox Live, just as you can on the PC app, the Windows 10 Mobile app allows you to get hold of them for sharing and editing as you see fit to places like Instagram and YouTube.
Even to this day, if I want to share a clip on my Instagram account, I'll use a Windows phone to download it and then re-upload it to Instagram. That's unlikely to be a long-term solution (sadly) and Microsoft really needs to add it to the other platforms.
Until that happens, a third-party app called DVR Hub for Xbox (opens in new tab) is here to save the day.
How to download your Xbox One captures on Android
The app itself is extremely simple and for anyone worried about putting your account login details in, it's not required. All you have to do is provide your Gamertag, the app then hooks in and pulls your captures from Xbox Live.
As such you'll always need to make sure you've uploaded your console captures to Xbox Live if you want to grab them on your Android phone or tablet.
Once you've attached your Gamertag, all your currently uploaded clips and screenshots will be presented on your dashboard. There are two things you can do with each.
- To download to your device, tap on the downward arrow icon. You'll be able to view the images or videos from the gallery app on your phone.
- To share straight to another service such as Instagram or Facebook, tap the share icon. The image will download and you'll be thrown straight into a share sheet.
How to take, share, and delete Xbox One screenshots
That's all there is to it. It's a really simple app, but it does what you need it to do. There are a couple of things to be aware of, though. First is the ads, they're huge, but you can pay $0.99 to remove them. The second is that some phones may have troubles opening the screenshots with their stock gallery app for some reason.
On a Pixel 2 and Razer Phone, no troubles. But on an Honor phone, it kept presenting an error. There are numerous apps out there you can get for Android so it's unlikely to be a deal breaker, just annoying.
The app itself is free to download and use, and you can grab it from the Play Store right now. It looks like there are more than one of these apps out there, so if you have a favorite be sure to drop it in the comments below.
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The Xbox app for Android lets you download picture captures. Just not video captures. I always got around that by uploading the video capture to One Drive (from the Xbox) and then downloading it using the One Drive app for Android.
Or just skip the app and use your web browser to go to xboxdvr.com.
Which is certainly more painful than having an app that literally does the exact same thing without needing to go to it in a browser. You open this thing, tap download, done.