How to set up the Xbox mobile app and configure your new console in advance

Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S
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Using the Xbox mobile app to set up your new console will really speed things along, allowing you to get your settings and profiles set up and into playing games much faster than usual. It will obviously still take a bit of time, but following the instructions on your mobile device through the app will mean you won't have to manually sort through every setting and option and it will start any updates automatically. If you've got one of Xbox Series X deals and you're ready to get started, here's what you need to know about using the Xbox mobile app to set up your new Xbox Series X console.

How to download the Xbox mobile app

Xbox mobile app

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If you're an Android user then downloading the Xbox mobile app is relatively simple, as you just need to go to the Google Play Store and search for "Xbox" then install it. For iOS users, you can do the same thing on the App Store to get the Xbox app installed to your Apple device. After you've completed your console setup, you can use this app to manage and download screenshots and clips that you might have captured using the Xbox Share button on the updated controller included with your Xbox Series X.

How to set up your console with the Xbox mobile app

Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S

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With the Xbox app successfully installed on your mobile device, launch it and then open the Library tab – which is the icon made up of three books down at the bottom – then choose 'Consoles' followed by 'Set up a new console'. All you need to do then is follow the instructions, which will take you through the configuration process on the Xbox mobile app to get all your settings ready. Once your Xbox Series X or S has finished updating you should see your Gamertag displayed on screen, then grab a controller and hold the Xbox button to connect it so you can follow the prompts and complete the set up.

At this point you should be all ready to start gaming, but if you encounter any issues with the Xbox mobile app or this set up procedure, you can always complete it through the console once you've connected your controller – here's how to pair an Xbox Series X controller if you need any assistance with that.

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Iain Wilson
Guides Editor

Iain originally joined Future in 2012 to write guides for CVG, PSM3, and Xbox World, before moving on to join GamesRadar in 2013 as Guides Editor. His words have also appeared in OPM, OXM, PC Gamer, GamesMaster, and SFX. He is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has over 500 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.