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What is the Xbox Share button and how does it work on Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X Controller Share Button
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If you've got your hands on the new Xbox Wireless Controller, then you should have noticed the fancy new Xbox Share button sat there in the middle of the pad alongside the Change View and Menu buttons – though maybe you still call those Back and Start out of habit. Unsurprisingly, the Xbox Share button is there to help you easily distribute your screenshots and footage into the wider world now you've got your console, perhaps from one of the Xbox Series X deals, so other players can enjoy that Easter egg you found or incredible clutch win you managed to pull out of nowhere. If you want to know how to use the Xbox Share button, then we've got all of that information for you right here.

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How to use the Xbox Share button to record, share, and broadcast footage

Xbox Series X controller

(Image credit: Microsoft)

The Xbox Share button has multiple functions based on how you press it, with a quick single press taking a screenshot of the current action. A long press, on the other hand, will record video capture with the default clip length initially set to the last 30 seconds, though this can be changed in the settings. To access your recent captures, double press the Xbox Share button to open your library so you can view all your screens and recordings. You can change these input settings at any time by going through Settings > System > Preferences > Capture & Share and adjusting your preferences.

Your recent captures will be automatically uploaded, and if you have the Xbox mobile app installed then you can view and share them easily from there. For more information on how to set up the Xbox mobile app, take a look at our separate guide covering that.

Iain Wilson

Iain is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has over 200 Platinum pots in his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.