Get started with Xbox for Google Assistant

I’m Harrison Hoffman, from Team Xbox, and I’ve got some exciting news to share with you all!

Based directly on feedback from Xbox fans, many of them in this Subreddit, we’re pleased to announce the public beta of the Xbox Action for Google Assistant! Please tell us what you think or if you’re running into any issues in the comments here. The team would love to hear your feedback.

With the release of the Xbox Action for Google Assistant, you can now interact with your Xbox One in even more ways using just your voice, including the ability to turn your console on and off, launch games and apps, play and pause videos, and more, from the Google Assistant and Home-enabled devices, as well as the Google Assistant apps on iOS and Android.

The new Xbox Action for Google Assistant releases to public beta on Xbox One today and is available to all customers in English during the beta period. Google and Xbox are working together to expand language support before launching more broadly to the Xbox community later this fall.

Here’s how to get started with the beta:

  1. Join our Google Group with the Google Account you intend to use
  2. Sign into your Xbox
  3. In the Google Home app for iOS or Android:
  4. Tap “+ Add”
  5. Tap “Set up device”
  6. Tap “Have something already set up?”
  7. Search for and select “[beta] Xbox”
  8. Sign in with the Microsoft account you use on Xbox
  9. Follow the instructions to link your Xbox and give it a device name
    *If no devices are found, try enabling the Digital Assistants setting on your console (Settings > Devices & Streaming > Digital Assistants)

Once you’re all set up, here are a few actions you can try to get you started with controlling your Xbox One with Google Assistant:

  • · “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.”

You’ll notice the default device name for Xbox consoles is “Xbox”; however, you can change the device name for your smart home commands at any time in the Google Home and Assistant apps if you have more than one Xbox in your home. When triggering an action, just use the device name you set in your commands. For example, you would say, “Hey Google, turn on Basement Xbox.”

Over the coming weeks as you begin to check out this feature, we’d love to hear from you so you can help us test and refine this new capability. Your feedback is invaluable in helping us shape the experience for all gamers on Xbox. We will also continue to improve on this experience following release and will be listening to your feedback to help determine how we expand our capabilities in the future.

Here’s the full command list if you want to explore more:

Action Command
Turn on Hey Google, turn on Xbox.
Turn off Hey Google, turn off Xbox.
Launch game Hey Google, play Gears 5 on Xbox.
Volume up Hey Google, volume up on Xbox.
Volume down Hey Google, volume down on Xbox.
Mute Hey Google, mute Xbox.
Un-mute Hey Google, un-mute Xbox.
Pause* Hey Google, pause.
Play* Hey Google, play.
Next* Hey Google, next.
Previous* Hey Google, previous
Take a screenshot Hey Google, take a screenshot on Xbox.
Record a game clip Hey Google, record that on Xbox.
Reboot Hey Google, reboot Xbox.
Stop Hey Google, stop on Xbox.
Watch a TV channel (if live TV is configured) Hey Google, switch to PBS on Xbox.

*Media playback commands can be triggered with or without saying the device name.