3 ways to update an Xbox One

3 ways to update an Xbox One
3 ways to update an Xbox One

The Xbox One game console was designed with the idea that it had to stay connected to the Internet at all times and its updates are usually done without user intervention. You can change your console's update preferences to be done manually or automatically. You can also intervene yourself if the Xbox One is having some difficulty updating.


Method 1 of 3: Obtain updates automatically

Xbox One Step 1 Update

Step 1. Validate the “Instant-On” mode

The Xbox One was designed to be permanently connected to the Internet, and the "Instant-On" mode will automatically download and install any available updates. Your console must be connected to the Internet to enable this feature to be activated.

  • Open the Xbox One home screen.
  • Press the button labeled "Menu" on the controller.
  • Select "Settings" then "Power on and start up".
  • Set the "Power Mode" to the "Instant-On" position.
  • Make sure that the “Automatic update” option is checked.
Xbox One Step 2 Update

Step 2. Turn off your Xbox One when you are finished playing

In "Instant-On" mode, the console will never power off completely, but will remain in a sleep state and check for available updates that it will attempt to install automatically.

Xbox One Step 3 Update

Step 3. Start your Xbox One as you would for normal use

In most cases, you shouldn't have anything else to do, but there may also be times when the console will ask you to confirm if you want to update after the system boots.

Method 2 of 3: Manually refresh an Xbox One

Xbox One Step 4 Update

Step 1. Make sure you're signed in to the Xbox Live website

Your console will only be updated if it is connected to this site. Click here for more information about connecting an Xbox One to the Internet.

If you don't have Internet access to connect your Xbox One to, you may still have the option of contacting Microsoft support for information on how to manually apply an update. They may send you a link to an update file that you can download and then install from a USB drive. These files are available to people who cannot connect their console to the Internet

Xbox One Step 5 Update

Step 2. Open the settings menu

If the "Instant-On" mode is inhibited or if an update becomes available while you are using your Xbox One, you can update it manually from the menu titled "Settings" which you can access from the d 'Home.

Updates are offered in two distinct forms: “Available” and “Mandatory”. Updates said to be available can be downloaded at your convenience and are not particularly necessary for a connection to the Xbox Live server. Updates said to be "available" will become "mandatory" after some time and will be essential in order to be able to connect to this service. If an update changes status and becomes "required", the update screen will automatically open when you turn on your Xbox One. You will not be able to log in until the "required" update is installed

Xbox One Step 6 Update

Step 3. Select “System” from the menu labeled “Settings”

Xbox One Step 7 Update

Step 4. Select “Update Console”

If an update is available, you will see the message "An update is available" appear on your screen. The size of the file to download will also be displayed.

Xbox One Step 8 Update

Step 5. Select "Start update" then press "A" to start the update

The file will then be downloaded and installed. Your Xbox One may restart during the update process as well as after the update is complete.

If you prefer not to install this update file, select “Disconnect and Close”. Your console will then be disconnected from the Xbox Live server, but you can continue to use it to play offline. You will no longer be able to play online or download new games until the mandatory system update has been completed

Method 3 of 3: Solve a few problems

Xbox One Step 9 Update

Step 1. You get the message “Your Xbox memory is almost full” when you try to update

This message should only appear when you want to update a game or an application, the updates do not affect the available system memory in any way.

  • Open the menu titled "My Apps & Games".
  • Pick a game or app that you no longer need.
  • Press the menu button on your controller then select “Uninstall”.
  • Try the update again after freeing up space in memory.
Xbox One Step 10 Update

Step 2. You will see a message saying “There was a problem updating”

This problem is usually caused by network connection issues and is known to occur before, during, or immediately after an update.

  • Sign in to the Xbox Live server again and try an update.
  • If you still can't refresh your system, turn off your Xbox One completely and disconnect its power cable for about 30 seconds. Then reconnect it and restart your console to try an update again.
  • If you still cannot download an update, you will need to use the update diagnostic application which can be downloaded from Microsoft's site, where you can also find instructions for its use. You will need to use an NTFS formatted flash disk with a capacity of at least 2 GB. You will need to be patient, as this operation takes time.
  • If none of the above procedures work, you will need to contact Microstoft to have your console repaired.

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