Got an Xbox One? Here are all the Kinect voice commands you need

Get the most from your Xbox One, all the Kinect voice commands you need

The Xbox One is here, and there is a great deal to be impressed by. But for now, forget about the amazing graphics, the sleek good looks and the fantastic games — think about the ways in which you can interact with your console. The redesigned controller has impressed just about everyone, but this is far from being the only means of interaction. Kinect allows for gesture and voice control, and if you’re just starting out you might not know where to begin and what you can do.

Game Informer has put together a helpful list of all of the supported system voice commands — individual apps have their own built in commands, but these are the ones that will work system-wide. Read and learn, or print out for future reference, here’s that list in full:

System Commands

Xbox on – Wakes up Xbox One, turns on television and cable/satellite set-top box

Xbox turn off – Puts Xbox One to sleep/off, can turn off television and cable/satellite set-top box

Xbox – Shows menu of global voice command options and begins listening for the next command

Xbox select – Shows voice command options for everything on the screen that are supported. Shows channel shortcuts during full screen TV viewing

Stop listening – Stops Kinect from listening or cancels voice commands if Kinect is triggered during causal conversation

Xbox help – Shows help menu with available options

Xbox use a code – Triggers Kinect code scanning for QR codes

Xbox show notification – Shows on-screen notifications


Xbox sign in/out or Xbox sign in as [person] – Signs in/out an Xbox Live member


Xbox record that – Record the previous 30 seconds of gameplay

Xbox start a party – Launches the Party app in Snap mode


Xbox volume up/down and Xbox mute/unmute – controls volume of TV set

Navigation and Multitasking

Xbox go home or Xbox show my stuff – Returns to Home screen

Xbox go to [activity] – Launches specific games, TV shows, apps, notifications and sections of the dash.

Xbox show menu – In full screen, shows menu for whatever is on the screen. At Home, shows menu for whatever is in the current window

Xbox go back – Returns to previous screen or menu option

Xbox Snap [app] – Launches activity in Snap mode

Xbox unsnap – Unsnaps activity in Snap mode

Xbox switch – Switches control of the activities in Snap mode and Fill mode


Xbox Skype [Person] or Xbox call [person] – Launches Skype call, must be a person from your Skype favorites list on your Xbox One

Xbox answer/answer without video – Answers incoming Skype call

Xbox hang up – Ends Skye call

Xbox send a message – Sends message to your Xbox Live friends


Xbox watch TV – Launches cable or satellite TV from set top box

Xbox watch [channel] – Changes cable or satellite TV  to specific channel when channel shortcuts are showing

Xbox show guide or Xbox OneGuide – Launches OneGuide for cable or satellite TV subscribers

Transport Controls

Xbox play/stop/pause/fast forward/rewind/faster/slower/skip forward/skip backward/next song/previous song – Transport controls for media playback; play and pause also work for gameplay.

Xbox Play [music/video] – Launches video and music playback

Bing and Internet Explorer

Browse to [website] – Browse to the specific website when in Internet Explorer

Xbox Bing [name] – Launches Bing and searches for the specific item[s]

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