How to quickly force the shutdown settings you want on Xbox Series X and S

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How to quickly force the shutdown settings you want on Xbox Series X or Series S

Here’s how to force the shutdown settings you want on Xbox Series X or Series S:

  1. Press and hold the power button on the front of the console for 10 seconds. This will force the console to turn off.
  2. Once the console is off, unplug the power cord from the back of the console.
  3. Wait for at least 30 seconds before plugging the power cord back in.
  4. Press the power button again to turn the console back on.
  5. Once the console has fully booted up, press the Xbox button on your controller to open the guide.
  6. Press the Xbox button to open the guide.
  7. Go to Profile & system > Settings > General > Power options.
  8. Choose the Shutdown (energy-saving) option.

A recent update may force you to use the shutdown settings you want on Xbox Series X and S and some that you don’t.  In a possible bid to save some money on your electric bill, Microsoft rolled out an update that automatically switched all Xbox Series X or Series S consoles to energy-saving mode.

This update forces Xbox Series X and Series S users to use their consoles’ Shutdown (energy- saving) power option. This option is more energy efficient than the Sleep (Instant-On) option, which uses more power than Shutdown (energy-savings) when in standby mode.

Force the shutdown settings you want on Xbox Series X or S

Here’s how to prep your console to change the shutdown settings on Xbox Series X or S consoles:

  1. Press and hold the power button on the front of the console for 10 seconds. This will force the console to turn off.
  2. Once the console is off, unplug the power cord from the back of the console.
  3. Wait for at least 30 seconds before plugging the power cord back in.
  4. Press the power button again to turn the console back on.
  5. Once the console has fully booted up, press the Xbox button on your controller to open the guide.

Once you are in the Xbox guide, here’s how to configure your Xbox Series S | X to shutdown or go to sleep when you turn off your Xbox console.

Shutdown (energy-saving option)

Xbox Series X console
Xbox Series X console

In shutdown mode, your Xbox Series X or S console is shut down in order to save electricity. It is the lowest power consumption mode, but it may take up to 45 seconds for your console to start up and you may need to press the Xbox button on either the controller or the console first to power up your console.

To change this setting, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Xbox button to open the guide.
  2. Go to Profile & system > Settings > General > Power options.
  3. Choose the Shutdown (energy-saving) option.

Sleep option

In sleep, your console is put into low-power mode when you’re not actively playing games. Your Xbox Series X or S sleeps instead of turning off, but the downside is that this option uses more electricity and thus more power. This setting is needed for the remote wake and fast boot options and helps the console boot up faster, even letting you use your voice to turn on the console.

Here’s how to change this setting:

  1. Press the Xbox button to open the guide.
  2. Go to Profile & system > Settings > General > Power options > Customize power options.
  3. Choose the Sleep option.

Other power options

force the shutdown settings you want on xbox series x

You can also change the shutdown settings you want on Xbox Series X or S by changing when your console shuts down or goes to sleep after a period of inactivity as well as other power options, here’s what to do:

  1. Press the Xbox button to open the guide.
  2. Go to Profile & system > Settings > General > Power options > Customize power options.
  3. Choose the options you want for your Xbox Series X or S console.

What power settings do you use on your Xbox Series X or S console? Let us know in the comments!

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