How to change default Xbox games install location on Windows 11

The Xbox app lets you choose where games are installed by default, and here's how to change the settings on Windows 11.

Xbox apps change install drive

When using the Xbox app with or without a PC Game Pass subscription, games will download and install in the main drive where Windows 11 (or Windows 10) is currently running. However, since games take a lot of space, it’s always best to set a different driver as the default installation storage to quickly prevent running out of space and improve system performance.

If you use the Xbox app to play games on your computer, the app includes an option to change the default installation location to a secondary or external hard drive.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to change the default install location for games using the Xbox app on Windows 11.

Change default game install storage on Xbox app

To specify where to download and install Xbox games on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Xbox app.

  2. Click the profile menu in the top-right and select the Settings options.

    Open Xbox settings

  3. Click on General.

  4. Under the “Game install options” section, select the drive to install games by default.

    Change Xbox app default install drive

  5. (Optional) Check the Ask me for install options on every install option.

Once you complete the steps, the files will be stored in the location you specified the next time you install a game. If you selected the option to prompt you every time, you would be asked where to store the game before downloading.