Turn your Xbox One into a PC with Continuum on the Lumia 950 or 950 XL!

For the best Continuum experience, we recommend the Microsoft Display Dock. While some people may be able to get it for free as part of a promotion with a purchase of the Lumia 950 or 950 XL, it'll cost $99 for many others. Before you go out and decide to buy one, you can see how Continuum works with something you might already have in your living room: the Xbox One!

Let's get one thing out of the way already. It's not as snappy as using the Microsoft Display Dock. There is a noticeable lag. However, this is a great way to see how Continuum works on your new Lumia 950 or 950 XL without spending more money.

Here's how it works. You need the Wireless Display app. Unfortunately, it's currently in Preview, and you'll need to be in the Xbox One Preview Program (opens in new tab). The program is by invitation only. If your friends are already in the program, they can invite you by using the Invite friends page in the Xbox Preview Dashboard app. The Windows Central community can help you out too. Just ask nicely in the comments.

  1. Once you have the Wireless Display app installed, open it on your Xbox One.
  2. On your Lumia 950 or 950 XL, open the Continuum app.
  3. Select Wireless adapter and then tap Connect.
  4. Tap the Xbox One on the list.

Continuum Xbox

That's it! You can also connect a Bluetooth keyboard or wireless mouse, but those are optional. You can use your phone's display as a touchpad and the phone's on-screen keyboard show up whenever you tap any text boxes on the screen.

The Continuum experience between the Xbox One and the Lumia 950/XL is not snappy, but it's tolerable. The output on Continuum via the Xbox One is 30 frames per second (fps) compared to 60 fps when wired via the Display Dock. If you like what you see, perhaps it'll make you purchase the Microsoft Display Dock for a better experience.

Have you given Continuum a try? What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.

201 Comments
  • Yea I use that app every day with my 640 it's awesome!
  • Continuum on 640?
  • Screen sharing
  • Miracast
  • It doesn't require continuum its just displays your screen
  • Yes - whats really wierd is that I used to be able to display whatever i wanted on my miracast adapter with my Lumia Icon - now that I have a Lumia 950..........I can only display apps that are compatible with Continiuum - which is absolute idiocracy on Microsoft's part.  Why dont apps just blow up on the screen?  If a developer chooses to make their app scale, it makes it better - but there is no reason why they shouldnt allow screen sharing now that Continiuum is here on new phones.
  • Agreed, super annoyed by this. Netflix as an example should be able to run full screen like it previously did. More than just Netflix, but good example.
  • nasellok, you should be able to use your Lumia 950 in Miracast (screen clone/projection) mode instead of in Continuum mode if you want to make apps "blow up on the screen".  Just drag down the toggle buttons from the top of your Lumia 950's screen and click on "connect" instead of using the Continuum app.
  • Unfortunately it still connects via continuum.
  • Wait... My Icon has Miracast?
  • Welcome in 2015
  • I agree.... I m still wondering why Ms did not allowed apps to run on windows tablet starting from wp7, with the black bands when handled horizontally, exactly as apple does...
    Sometimes it seems they think how not to help developers to sell apps...
  • In the settings of continuum, select mirror screen instead of separate screen. Now you can see anything that's on your phone on the tv like before. I connect to my Samsung smart tv, and the Microsoft display adapter for the surface. Haven't been able to claim the box yet. Always sold out.
  • You can choose between both continuum app screen and mirror screen in the advanced settings from the continuum phone app settings :
    1.Hit the ... (why not the hamburger this confuses ppl?)
    2.hit display settings
    3 . Choose connected display
    4. Advanced settings.
  • Thank you, thank you, thank you! You made my day!
  • It took me a while to figure out that if you change it in advanced settings and then press the back button, it just goes back to continuum mode. If you press the Start button then it lets you keep the mirrored display!
  • This is still possible if you just use project your screen instead of continuum.
  • I assume he means display mirroring. It would basically be like using Lumia Beamer with the 640.
  • The app Xbox connects any mobile device. It's called Wireless display
  • Doesn't work on the 920.
  • Is Lumia 640 good? They'll sell it only 98€ in here Finland and I'm thinking buying it.
  • I would recommend it. Had one for 6+ months and for its price it is very enjoyable, especially with w10m.
  • For the price its a great phone.  I'd go for the XL version personally though.
  • Man,i reccomend you if u can afford them to buy 640 Xl or 930.
  • Yes. I used to have a 920, and I'm not missing much other than ois and a physical camera button. Stable, fast and responsive. Not too light, not too heavy.
  • I bought a 640 on Black Friday for $30. Love it so far, but think I'll like it even better when I update it to Windows 10. It's pretty impressive for a budget phone.
  • Did the same thing. Put 10586 on it, and it's just been just great since.
  • Because the 920 doesnt do wireless display to begin with
  • The 920 doesn't support miracast
  • No sheet watson
  • Funny, cuz every time I try it never finds my Xbox. And yes I have the display app open and ready
  • Hi Wildwest310_XB1, if you use this app that mean you are in the XBox One Preview program. Is this correct? Would it possible to you to invite me? I have bought a Lumia 950 and want test this app. Kind regards Denis
  • Even more reason for me to get the 950xl
  • Awesome
  • I would love an invite to this program. Half the reason I bought an Xbox One was to use this feature and get rid of my apple tv.
  • Despite the suggestion in the article, I'm pretty sure it is closed now. Invites are rarely given out by MS.
  • Yes it's closed but I'm not so sure that app is only for insiders I think it's in the store pretty sure they had an article about right here months ago
  • The app is not in the store. It's still in preview.
  • Give us your gamertag and one of us will invite you
  • Will not matter its closed
  • HOOD KILLA 80....send me a invite please
  • Hey, can someone invite me to the preview? My gamer tag is 'The MoDizzle'.
  • Can anybody please send me an invite? AtilaTheCuba is my gamertag. 
    Thanks. 
  • Dgr874 Thanks!
  • Erasure25   Thanks!!!!!!!!!!
  • X3078, please send me an invitation. Thanks
  • spotremover99, can you please send me an invitation too. Thank you! 
  • An invite would be great! Can't wait to finally get to use continumm on my own phone! My gamertag is jsblumen707
  • invite me please GT: Drojann0
  • My Gamertag is Lyndeno2, could someone invite me please? Thank you!
  • gamertag - AuxiliaryAuto3 Please send an invite.
  • Gamer tag deadiol Thank you!!!
  • Would love to be invited, please.  gamertag:  pcolliat
  • I, too, would love an invite! kSmitty510
  • My gamertag SakableBade :-)
  • Can't wait to try this! So glad the Ms stuff plays well together. I hope they tweak it, possibly use some of the usb ports, that would be epic. Just then need a BT sport app.
  • Can someone invite me to the Xbox One preview program please? My gamer tag is Mack Daddy 1
  • Closed
  • To expand on kwajr's comment, the program is now closed to new people for an undetermined period of time. They have too many people in it right now.
  • I tried this with my Lumia 950 - Unlocked but it could not find the XboxOne.  Smartglass app works just fine.  I grabbed a Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter (Miracast) and that works fine.  I'll try it again tonight - maybe it was  network glitch.
  • You need the app on your Xbox for this to work.
  • I've done it a handful of times already, and once a couple days ago it wouldn't connect to the xbox either. I'd say just try again.
  • You open the app
  • I found power cycling the router that the xb1 is connected to helps but not as much as going wired(on xb1)
  • Was invited three months ago by someone from the WC community. Have not been accepted yet. Pretty sure they aren't taking any new members at the moment.   Also, the Display Dock is currently out of stock for 950XL owners, but not in the store, and the code they give you doesn't work in the regular store.
  • Pretty sure they aren't.
  • Hey peachy! You were actually the one to invite me! Thanks!
  • Yeah, I thought so. I invited tons to it. E3 time was mental, was getting requests constantly. I nearly videoed it and stuck it on you tube. Sorry you didn't get in. My thread was very popular, lol! I think it was a decent thread, I kept updating the front page regularly. They now state that you can only invite 10 at a time. But they still don't accept them, which is a shame. There "may" be a cheeky way in, but it needs you to log in to an Xbox that is already on the preview. I detailed it in my post. I trialed it a few times and it worked before, although may no longer work. If they open it up again, drop me a line, I'll be happy to try again.
  • Can someone invite me into the preview program? STUFRF16
  • WC tried this via hdmi in? Using the usb to hdmi cable.
  • USB to HDMI will let Continuum perform like it does through the dock. The whole point of the demonstration was to show people that they can try out the feature without having to buy any additional accessories.
  • Cheers for the tip, I may have to get one of them. I actually think that the Xbox route would be my preferred choice. Continuum on my big tv, sweet! Just got to get an XL. Had waited for Dan's review, but worryingly it has yet to appear. May have to submit an ask Dan request.
  • And if you want to keep charging while using continuum without a dock, you always place the phone on a wireless charging pad. Lots of options, but I have to say that the build quality of the dock is superb.
  • Continuum cannot run win32 application then why microsoft promoting it by saying turn your mobile in full pc.
  • I dunno.
    What is the difference between m and rt?
  • Because it runs Universal Windows Apps in full screen like a PC would run them.
  • Except, the only universal apps supported by Continiuum at the moment are made by microsoft.  There are a few others - but their implementatoin leaves a lot to be desired.  Lets put it this way - I have the Lumia 950 - the fact that Continiuum exists is awesome - but all the things that I would want to do with it, are currently not supported - like playing games (other than Crossy Road - i havent found any that work), or the biggest reason to use Continiuum on a 950/XL imo would be to use Remote Desktop.........except, not even that works.  Not to mention that remote desktop application such as Teamviewer, and the like are also not yet supported.  So much potential..........but so far, not realized.
  • You expected every app to work with Continuum immediately? Devs have to code for it, and it's not like they have had much opportunity to do so.
  • And it's not like they will as history has shown in the Windows app world...
  • They never said it would turn your phone into a "full" PC.
  • Lol rt all over again I can hear it now
  • This works, but it makes the image on your Xbox 4:3 and low resolution :-/ no way to change it
  • Yea I can't seem to figure that out either. You can go into the settings for the "second display" and it's already set to 100%. Not sure how else to get this to display better.
  • Mine does that too. It cuts off the edges of the display.
  • Yeah I have had this issue when I hook up any computer via hdmi or wireless display. It cuts off the edges of the screen and makes it pretty useless :'(
  • Make sure your display is set to native resolution and not forcing it at what it thinks it should be. My TV cuts of the edges but I just have to change it back to native and it works fine.
  • You have to change the display settings on your Xbox One console. Go to display settings and change video output to "Auto Detect".
  • I'd like an invite to the Preview program if there's anyone out there willing to send me one.
  • Send me a message, GT: Sario27
  • Yea my gamer tag is my name connect with me on XB1
  • Super lagy on any wl PC. Ms needs to update this Xbox app.
  • Power cycle connected router try again
  • 30fps... Just like everything else on the Xbox Oooohhhhhh
  • Can someone invite me in the preview? My gamertag is: XanHein
  • Send me a message on XL, GT: Sario27
  • in the short time i had my 950xl, i tried this and it was pretty cool.