How To Set Up The Xbox One X


Dun dun dun. So you’re making the move to the Xbox One X. Well I can’t tell you how I feel about it till tomorrow, I can help you get prepared for its launch on November 7th.

Upgrading my Xbox One S was pretty easy but there is a few things you’re going need to do. Let’s start with downloading the 4K content. I’d suggest doing this now as it’s going take some time and you can do it on both the Xbox One S and the standard Xbox One. The faster you get to gaming on the new console the happier you’ll be.

To start downloading the updates simply press the Xbox button to open the guide and  go to Settings > System > Backup & transfer.

Select Download 4K game content.

When available 4K content has downloaded, copy those games to external storage so they’re ready for use on Xbox One X.

Boom bombs your uncle. Someone smash that easy button.

4K upgrades are free for applicable games, and are generally tens of GB in size, and will take a while. I set it up overnight and didn’t have to worry about it. Once downloaded, copy your 4K games to an external hard drive that you will later use to plug into the Xbox One X. I used a 2 TB Seagate Game Drive for Xbox for this. I love the green finish on the top of the device and it hides nicely in my entertainment unit.

 We’re not finished yet. Next up backing up your settings on the Xbox One. Keep that same Seagate hard drive plugged in and go to Settings > System > Backup & transfer > Back up my settings and follow the on-screen instructions to save your backup to your storage.

Take the hard drive out and plug it directly into the new console once it has finished backing up. Make sure your new Xbox One X is turned off and then fire it on.

BOOM! Smash that easy button again!

Backups include settings for:

  • Most sign-in and security preferences
  • Blu-ray and disc
  • Volume
  • Narrator
  • Magnifier
  • Closed captioning
  • High contrast
  • Network name and password
  • System theme
  • My home Xbox
  • Most power mode and startup settings
  • Xbox app connectivity
  • Most broadcast and capture preferences
  • Xbox notifications and timing
  • Language and location
  • Time zone and daylight saving
  • Updates
  • Games and apps drive
  • Backup and transfer (keep backup current)
  • Cortana

Backups don’t include settings for:

  • Controller sign-in
  • Xbox Live privacy
  • App privacy and sign-in info
  • Linked social accounts
  • Content restrictions (access to content, web filtering, signed-out restrictions)
  • Family accounts
  • Advanced network settings (IP, DNS, MAC address, port selection)
  • Color and background
  • Theme and motion
  • Console name
  • Backup and transfer (storage device, 4K content)
  • Network transfer
  • Video and audio output
  • Kinect
  • Accessories app settings
  • App notifications
  • Game clip resolution and capture location
  • Preferred video provider
  • Activity feed
  • TV and OneGuide
  • Game transcription
  • Hide from ready-to-install list
  • Power settings for external storage
  • Profiles other than the one you’re using
  • Games

Alternatively you could Network transfer. Network transfer lets you copy games and apps from another console, as long as they are both on the same home network. This can be faster than downloading games all over again. If you have a metered internet connection, this way is strongly suggested.

On the Xbox you want to copy from, go to Settings > Network > Network transfer and check the box to allow network transfer. This makes that Xbox visible to other consoles on the same network.

Once you’ve allowed transferring from the “host” Xbox, turn on the console onto which you’ll be copying games and apps, and go to the same settings page. Your host Xbox should be listed.

Select the Xbox you want to copy from, choose the items to copy, then select Copy selected.


Wasn’t that easy?! Questions leave them for me in the comments! Stay tuned for my review of the Xbox One X Tomorrow.

Brock McLaughlin

Brock McLaughlin

Brock McLaughlin 🕹 🎮 Twitter @brockmclaughlin New Media (B)Rockstar. Blogger. Video Gamer. Podcaster at the Game Moose. UnBrocxer. Somewhat Charming.

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