Here's A List Of Xbox One Kinect Voice Commands


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The long-awaited Xbox One is now available to buy. And with every machine you get a Kinect which brings some awesome functionality to the console - it's something that sets it apart from Sony's PS4. With the Kinect you can do all sorts of voice commands to control the Xbox One, no need to use your controller. It can make some tasks a lot quicker than using the controller.

Please note, most voice commands are US and UK based. Some may not work in your country.

System Commands

  • Xbox on – Wakes up Xbox One, turns on television and cable/satellite set-top box
  • Xbox turn off – Puts Xbox One to sleep/off, can turn off television and cable/satellite set-top box
  • Xbox – Shows menu of global voice command options and begins listening for the next command
  • Xbox select – Shows voice command options for everything on the screen that are supported. Shows channel shortcuts during full screen TV viewing
  • Stop listening – Stops Kinect from listening or cancels voice commands if Kinect is triggered during causal conversation
  • Xbox help – Shows help menu with available options
  • Xbox use a code – Triggers Kinect code scanning for QR codes
  • Xbox show notification – Shows on-screen notifications


  • Xbox sign in/out or Xbox sign in as (person) – Signs in/out an Xbox Live member


  • Xbox record that – Record the previous 30 seconds of gameplay
  • Xbox start a party – Launches the Party app in Snap mode


  • Xbox volume up/down and Xbox mute/unmute – controls volume of TV set

Navigation and Multitasking

  • Xbox go home or Xbox show my stuff – Returns to Home screen
  • Xbox go to (activity) – Launches specific games, TV shows, apps, notifications and sections of the dash.
  • Xbox show menu – In full screen, shows menu for whatever is on the screen. At Home, shows menu for whatever is in the current window
  • Xbox go back – Returns to previous screen or menu option
  • Xbox Snap (app) – Launches activity in Snap mode
  • Xbox unsnap – Unsnaps activity in Snap mode
  • Xbox switch – Switches control of the activities in Snap mode and Fill mode


  • Xbox Skype (person) or Xbox call (person) – Launches Skype call, must ba a person from your Skype favorites list on your Xbox One
  • Xbox answer/answer without video – Answers incoming Skype call
  • Xbox hang up – Ends Skye call
  • Xbox send a message – Sends message to your Xbox Live friends


  • Xbox watch TV – Launches cable or satellite TV from set top box
  • Xbox watch (channel) – Changes cable or satellite TV  to specific channel when channel shortcuts are showing
  • Xbox show guide or Xbox OneGuide – Launches OneGuide for cable or satellite TV subscribers

Media Controls

  • Xbox play/stop/pause/fast forward/rewind/faster/slower/skip forward/skip backward/next song/previous song – Transport controls for media playback; play and pause also work for gameplay.
  • Xbox Play [music/video] – Launches video and music playback

Bing and Internet Explorer

  • Browse to (website) – Browse to the specific website when in Internet Explorer
  • Xbox Bing (name) – Launches Bing and searches for the specific item/s

Here's A List Of Xbox One Kinect Voice Commands