How to set up Xbox One auto sign-in

Xbox One uses Microsoft Account authentication for digital licenses and social features, requiring you to authenticate with a password at least once. Of course, having to do that every single time is a chore. So is there a faster way to set up your Xbox One to automatically sign you in? There is.

Here's how to get to your games (or movies, or apps) even faster.

How to set up and use Xbox One automatic sign-in

Just follow these steps:

  1. Press the Xbox button to open the Guide menu.
  2. If you aren't already signed in, select a Profile with the A button to sign in with.

  1. On the Guide menu, use the joystick to move to the far right to find the "Settings" menu option.

  1. Select the option using the A button to open the Settings menu.
  2. On the "Account" section, select Sign-in, security & passkey with the A button.
  3. Select Instant sign-in.

  1. You will be prompted to disable any password or passkey authentication to proceed. Hit Use instant sign-in.

Have questions about instant sign-on? Hit the comments and we'll get you answers.

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  • I like better to use my Elite controller sign-in than anything else tho. Power on your Xbox one X, your 4K tv and your account with a single controller power on ;)
  • If I do this, does it still require a passkey for purchases and settings changes?
  • A nice capability if you're using controllers or the only one who uses the console. My wife and I use the Kinect and we each watch/listen to media content pretty equally, so it's not really a feature we can use. I like that the Kinect recognizes each of us and logs us in independently. Sadly, it's not a capability that exists in the newer Xbox devices.
  • You can plug in the Kinect with the proper adapter to s /x
  • Yeah the kinect was the best for this.