Console 101

How to completely power off Xbox Series X, S, One

If you want to completely power off your Xbox Series X, S, or Xbox one, you have two ways to do it, and here's how.

Xbox Series X console (source: Microsoft)

If you have an Xbox Series X, S, or Xbox One, by default, the power mode is set to “Instant-on” for quick startup, allowing you to get to your games nearly instantly, but you can also select the “Energy-saving” that lowers the power consumption. The only caveat is that neither of these two modes fully power off the console, and the power menu only includes an option to put the console in standby mode or restart.

However, if you have one of the consoles, and you rarely use it, you may want to completely power it off, instead of keeping it on wasting energy and shorting the lifespan of the device. Or if you’re experiencing problems, sometimes fully shutting it down for a while may help to resolve the issue.

In this guide, you’ll learn two easy ways to turn off your Xbox Series X, S, or One console.

Completely turn off Xbox console with logo button

The easiest way to completely turn off your Xbox Series X or Xbox One console is to press and hold the Xbox button on the front of the console for around 10 seconds.

Xbox power button / source: Microsoft
Xbox power button / source: Microsoft

Completely turn off Xbox console with settings

Alternatively, you can also power off your Xbox Series X, Series S, or Xbox One using the Settings app. Here’s how:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Select the General tab.

  3. Click on Power mode & startup.

    Xbox power mode & startup option
    Xbox power mode & startup option
  4. Under the “Options” section, click the Full shutdown option.

  5. Click the Shut down button.

    Xbox full shutdown option
    Xbox full shutdown option
  6. (Optional) Click the Restart now button if you’ll be turning it off and on again to refresh the session.

Once you complete the steps, the console will power off completely. Later, if you want to turn it on, simply press the power button on the console, or press and hold the Xbox button in the controller. Since this will be a cold boot, it can take some time to start.

If you’re powering on an Xbox Series X or Series S, you’ll also be able to pick up your games where left off thanks to the new quick resume feature.