Xbox app update adds Achievements back, rolling out on iOS, Android

Xbox App for iOS
Xbox App for iOS (Image credit: Matt Brown | Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft has launched a new update for the Xbox app on iOS and Android, reintroducing Xbox achievement tracking and viewing.
  • The new Xbox app is currently rolling out to "a limited set of players," with availability steadily expanding over the weeks ahead.

Microsoft has kicked off its rollout of a refresh Xbox app, reintroducing the ability to view achievements across Xbox Live profiles. The update marks the feature's return to iOS and Android following an app-wide revamp that first debuted in late 2020, cutting several popular Xbox features. Its return allows Xbox users to track titles and achievement progress directly through the app, further bolstering its role as an Xbox companion.

The return of Xbox achievements support comes with the latest Xbox app update, scheduled for a staged rollout to existing users. The company has outlined an initial launch among "a limited set of players," with broader availability planned over the weeks ahead.

Xbox App Achievements

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Achievements come tied to Xbox Live profiles, with the ability to browse games, view progress and status, with notifications for new unlocks. Microsoft has detailed plans to introduce its competitive Gamerscore leaderboard in the coming months, also as seen across Xbox apps on other platforms.

The modern Xbox app first launched back in October, newly designed with a new visual overhaul hinging on the latest Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles. It now includes social features, messaging, and the ability to browse shared content — all tying into Xbox Game Pass and the new cloud gaming and remote play features.

While achievements look poised to hit all Xbox app users over the weeks ahead, the feature also remains available through the Xbox beta app on iOS and Android.

Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

6 Comments
  • I'm still using the previous version and prefer it over any of their new iterations. To me, the new app has been junk and continues to be. I'll stick with what always worked and has it all. Microsoft just doesn't know how to do proper overhauls and updates.
  • I like the newer version, curious what it is about the older ones you liked?
  • The irony my 2nd alternative xbox profile on my other phone has the achievements tab but my main phone profile doesn't
  • Heard from the devs that the next version will fix the chat function. Right now if you make a mistake in an IM and want to correct it, you have to backspace/delete until you get to the item you want to correct, you can't just "tap" inside the message. With the update, you'll be able to tap inside of a message (again lol).
  • Still waiting for the update to release on iOS and soon. The lack of copy/paste and editing your message before you send it is aggravating.
  • I just want the store back