How to control Xbox One with voice using Google Assistant

Do you want to control your Xbox One with voice commands using Android? Best answer, set up the Xbox Action for Google Assistant and ask away — Here's how.

Xbox One X console front corner
Xbox One X console front corner

Xbox Action is the set of skills that allows you to interact with your Xbox One with voice commands with Google Assistant. It’s similar to the Xbox Skill already available for Alexa and Cortana, but Xbox Action is for Google users.

Using Xbox Action for Google Assistant, you can turn on or off the console using your voice, as well as launch games and apps, play and pause videos, and much more from your Android phone or any other Google Assistant compatible device.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to set up the beta version of Xbox Action to control your Xbox One console with Google Assistant.

How to set up Xbox Action for Google Assistant

Use these steps to get started with Xbox Action for Google Assistant:

  1. Open the Xbox for Google Assistant beta page.

  2. Sign-in with your Google account.

  3. Click the Join group button in the top-left corner.

  4. Click the Join this group button.

  5. Sign into your Xbox One console.

  6. Open Google Home app on your phone. (If you don’t have the app, you can get it from Google Play.)

  7. Tap on + Add.

  8. Tap on Set up device.

  9. Tap on Have something already set up?.

  10. Search and select [beta] Xbox.

    Xbox Action for Google Assistant setup
    Xbox Action for Google Assistant setup
  11. Sign in with your Microsoft account that you use on your Xbox One console.

  12. Continue with the on-screen directions to link your device.

    Quick tip: If the device can’t be found, you can try enabling the Digital Assistant setting on your Xbox going to Settings > Kinect & Devices > Digital Assistant.

Once you complete the steps, you can start controlling your Xbox One console with the Google Assistant from your Android phone or other compatible devices.

Here are some of the actions you can perform using Xbox Actions:

  • “Hey Google, play Gears 5 on Xbox.”
  • “Hey Google, turn on Xbox.”
  • “Hey Google, turn off Xbox.”
  • “Hey Google, launch YouTube on Xbox.”
  • “Hey Google, pause on Xbox.”
  • “Hey Google, resume on Xbox.”
  • “Hey Google, volume up on Xbox.”
  • “Hey Google, take a screenshot on Xbox.”
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