How to control your Xbox One with Google Assistant and Google Home

Forget Kinect and Cortana, Assistant is here to save the day

Connect Xbox One to Google Home
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Controlling your Xbox One is now easier than ever before, as Kinect and Cortana are usurped for more proven voice assistants such as Google Assistant.

Currently, the integration between Google Assistant and your Xbox console is in beta, but you can easily learn how to set up and pair the two in our guide below.

Once you do, you'll be able to ditch the controller (kind of) and begin controlling your Xbox with the power of voice using any Google assistant-powered speaker. Make sure to learn and try some of our essential commands to get started.

Control Xbox One with Google

Connect Xbox One to Google Assistant

Don't be put off by the fact this new integration is still in beta - it's super simple to get started and connect your Xbox One through your Google Home app.

1. First, join the official Google group.

2. Then, sign into the Xbox One console.

3. Now, in the Google Home iOS or Android app, tap 'Add' > 'Set up device' > 'Have something already set up?' before searching for '[beta] Xbox'.

4. Sign into the Microsoft account you use for the Xbox.

5. Continue to follow instructions, link the Xbox and name it.

Top tip: If you're having trouble finding the Xbox within the Google Home app, go to Settings > Kinect & Devices > Digital Assistants on your console and ensure the setting is enabled.

Google commands for Xbox One

Once you've connected the two devices and you're set up, you're able to control the Xbox One with your voice using a Google Assistant speaker or the app on your phone.

But what do you say? Well, here's some example commands:

  1. "Hey Google, turn off Xbox."
  2. "Ok Google, start Madden 20 on Xbox."
  3. "Hey Google, take a screenshot of that on Xbox."
  4. "Ok Google, pause on Xbox"
  5. "Hey Google, launch YouTube on Xbox."
  6. "Ok Google, turn up the volume on Xbox."
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