How to copy Xbox One, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X games and apps over a local network

With the launch of the Xbox One X on the horizon, Microsoft has added several new features to the Xbox One operating system, to help ease the transition between devices. While previously, moving games and applications between consoles was a relatively tedious process, the latest update adds several new routes for making the move, without losing existing data.

One of the simplest of these is a new "network transfer" tool, which allows installed games and apps to be copied between Xbox One consoles, via a local network. Provided both devices are connected to the same network using a wired or wireless connection, existing installations can be seamlessly migrated on a per-game or per-drive basis. Not only does this save the data required to redownload games and updates but it can also be a significantly faster method on many network setups. These are the steps to enable network transfers on Xbox One and copy your existing installations between devices.

Enable network transfer between Xbox One consoles

Before utilizing network transfer, the feature must be enabled on the source Xbox One console. By default, the functionality is disabled and must be manually triggered within the console's settings. To begin, complete the following setups on your existing Xbox One console.

  1. Open the Settings app on your existing Xbox One.
  2. Navigate to the Network tab.
  3. Select Network transfer.
  4. Enable Allow network transfer.
  5. Leave the console turned on.

Once network transfer has been enabled, when visiting the same screen on your new Xbox One, an Xbox One console should be listed on the right-hand side of the current screen, under the heading "Local consoles." If so, this indicates your console is ready to commence a network transfer over your local network. If no console appears, a connection is yet to be established. If this is the case, we recommend checking both consoles are connected to the same network and network transfer is enabled.

Start a network transfer between Xbox One consoles

After enabling network transfers, each of the subsequent steps should be followed using the console games and apps are being transferred onto. For the best transfer speeds, we recommend connecting both consoles via a wired connection, however, wireless networks can also achieve substantial transfer rates in ideal conditions.

  1. Choose your Xbox One on the list of Local consoles. The contents of your old Xbox One should now be displayed on-screen.
  2. Select the games you wish to move from your Xbox One console. Ensure the storage required for the selected games is less or equal to the available storage on your new Xbox One console. Alternatively, choose Select all to automatically select the entire contents of your old console.
  3. Choose Copy selected.
  4. Select which drive you wish to move games onto.
  5. Hit Copy to begin the transfer.

Your Xbox One games will now transfer from your old Xbox One console, over your local network. To check the progress of the transfer, navigate to the "Queue" tab of "My Games & apps" on your new Xbox One console.

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  • The most useful and innovative feature for me in this update.
  • It's like magic :)
  • Is there a particular order to enable the transfer? We have slow internet at the house and only having to install on one Xbox and then use this feature would be epic. Problem is  Xbox 2 can pull the games from Xbox 1 but Xbox 1 can't see the games on Xbox 2, but does see Xbox 2 in local consoles listed. Both are hardwired to the same switch. Xbox 1 says to check that Xbox 2 is connected to the internet.
  • One question. Can you plug a LAN cabel directly to another xbox and do the transfer localy? That will be great! some people like me do not have a long LAN cable like me. 
  • VictorFeliz2, do you mean plug one end of an Ethernet cable to one Xbox, and the other end of the cable into another one? I'm sorry, but networks just don't work like that. You need a modem between them, a single cable just won't work.
  • 'but networks just don't work like that' I know that. My comment was about local transfer not network transfer.  You can do local transfer with a single LAN cable on PCs. The same logic apply here, but thank you for the information. 
  • I think that if you do static IP configuration on both console it'll work
  • Use a cross cable and do manual IP configuration on both. That should work. You might ask- why cross, not straight? Since you'll be connecting same type of devices without a modem/router in between, the connection has to be cross type.
  • That's not necessary anymore. Most modern NICs can automatically detect the type of cable connected and adjust the connection accordingly.
  • I now have unlimited DL/UL but back when I was living in Australia, the internet are so expensive...
    This is good news for family that has limited DL/UL. Friends or neighborhoods can help each other, save some bills. I've actually submited the same idea months ago tho :p Also suggest that maybe MS can have a "cache-box" in their store or at their retailer's so people can bring in their HDD or Xbox.
  • Exactly. I do this for friends here cos internet is bloody expensive. The cost to download a 40GB game is enough to buy the CD 3 times. As I have unlimited albeit slow internet, I help download digital games and updates then copy to their HDD
  • Don't know how much is your electricity bill... free of charge? Bro, you are a saint XD
    Maybe you can open up a business of some sort XD
  • Hmmm I'm having a slightly different experience... I was able to - from my XB1X - select the items I wanted to copy over from my XB1 and start the transfer. It queued up and installed apps for over 4 hours and then it suddenly stopped, with all queued items failing with "Installation Stopped" messages.  When I tried to access Network Transfer again, I now get the same message from either XB looking at the other... "check the other Xbox". Eventually I gave up for the night. Tonight though, still the same problem. I have no idea why it stopped working, nothing changed on my network, and I haven't found any solution anywhere so far. I have no idea why it's stopped working otherwise :\
  • Responding to Jeremy Wiersma and asking my own:
    Jeremy the reason that your downloads stopped is that one of the consoles went offline so you need to ensure that both are back online and setup to do the network transfer.
    Once you do that your downloads should start back up.
      I had the same issue. My question is that why is the Transfer going so slow, I have a Gigabit network connection and also gigabit throughout, I am coping all of my games from one xbox S to an Xbox X but I am noticing hte speeds are only about 200 Mb/s when I am expecting something closer to 1000 Mb/s