To use Alexa or Cortana with Xbox One, you’ll need a compatible smart speaker.. Note that at present, these services are only available for US customers, with more territories planned for 2019.
- You’ll have to sign in with your Xbox-connected Microsoft Account to both services in order to use them.
- Follow the instructions in each corresponding app, and select enable to connect your speaker to your console.
How to activate the Cortana app the Xbox One
Cortana is an app you can activate on Xbox One for use with a Kinect microphone, or headset microphone. You don’t need to do this in order to use a Cortana or Alexa speaker, this is purely if you want to use a microphone connected directly to your console.
- Double tap the Xbox logo button on your controller. Or, if you’re using a Kinect, just say “Xbox, go to settings” and skip to step #3.
- Select Settings. It is the gear icon.
- Select All Settings.
- Select System.
- Select Cortana Settings.
Tap the A button on your controller. You will then be guided through some telemetry agreements and prompted to reboot your Xbox.
Note: Cortana is currently only available in select regions, with more features supported in the US. You can change your language settings to enable more features on Cortana, but some features may not work as intended.
For information on how to disable Cortana, hit the link below.
Using the Cortana app on your Xbox One
To use Cortana directly on your Xbox, you either need a (now discontinued) Kinect or a compatible microphone connected to your console. Any Xbox One compatible headset microphone should work.
You can still use the legacy Xbox One voice commands with Kinect if that’s your preference, but if you enable Cortana or Alexa on your console you’ll be able to issue commands via a headset microphone or a connected smart speaker, and access features that make multitasking far easier. Here’s everything you need to know about Cortana or Alexa commands on Xbox One.
Bookmark this article and check back for future updates on how Cortana and Alexa work on Xbox One, as we’ll be consolidating all the latest information into this piece.
What’s your favorite Cortana or Alexa command? Are there any missing from this list? Do you have any questions? Let us know in the comments!
Update October 2, 2018: We’ve updated this article with information on how to get started with Cortana and Alexa-powered smart speakers.