Xbox One to lose its File Explorer due to 'limited usage'

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What you need to know

  • The File Explorer app will be removed from the Xbox One.
  • The Xbox Insider team says that the removal is due to "limited usage."
  • People will have to use alternative ways to access local files.

The File Explorer will be removed from the Xbox One in the near future (via OnMSFT). The app is already removed for Xbox Insiders, and is on the way out for general users. The Xbox Insider team stated on Twitter that the File Explorer has been removed "due to limited usage."

The announcement was immediately met with backlash from several users. Many complain that the File Explorer was useful for uploading custom wallpapers and gamerpics, though it's worth noting that there are other ways to do this that Microsoft recommends. People also pointed out that they use it for local files like movies and music.

Related: How to add a custom background to your Xbox One dashboard

The Xbox Insider team responded with a thread that includes directions to upload custom wallpapers and gamerpics from OneDrive or a USB device. You can also change your wallpaper using the Dropbox app for Xbox One or the free Media Player.



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