How to reboot your Xbox One

Xbox One X, Xbox One S
Xbox One X, Xbox One S (Image credit: Matt Brown | Windows Central)

Obviously, turning your Xbox One off and on again isn't difficult, and it doesn't require getting up from the sofa. But sometimes you just want to reboot it quickly without going through a full shutdown.

There's a way to do this, but it's easy enough to miss. Here's how.

How reboot Xbox One

To reboot your Xbox One, follow these simple steps:

  1. Press the guide button on your controller.
  2. Navigate to the system menu by pressing the right bumper three times.
  3. Select restart console.
  4. Select restart at the next window.

Presto, the console will reboot without the need to shut down and power back up.

If you're in the settings, the same option can be found under the Power & startup menu, which is useful if you're doing something in there, such as tinkering with network settings, and want to give it a quick reboot.

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  • We just say, "Hey, Cortana, restart the Xbox".
  • Would be great if they didn't kill off Kinect or at least added a far-field mic directly into the Xbox One S and X. I'd use that option as I love to be lazy.
  • Which is funny, because the only reason I usually have to restart my xbox to fix my Kinect....
  • Why not just hold down the Xbox button on the controller and select it that way ?
  • I was about to say the same...
  • Really needed an article about restarting an Xbox One?
  • I have my TV set up to turn on and off with the Xbox. When I restart the Xbox this way the TV remains off
  • yes, same here, annoying
  • unfortunately this doesn't do a full shutdown, just quick restart