How to enable and use Xbox Action for Google Assistant

Controlling devices with voice is the new thing when it comes to the IoT. The growth of smart speakers brings in to the scope of voice controlling appliances is growing too. With this, Microsoft has announced support for Xbox Action for Google Assistant officially. This means that a user can use the Google Assistant on their Smart Speaker, Android phone, iOS device, and what not to control their Xbox. This is released as a public beta as of now and is available on Xbox One devices and in English only.

How to enable and use Xbox Action for Google Assistant

Enable & use Xbox Action for Google Assistant

There are two aspects of this guide. They are as follows:

  1. Setting up the Xbox Action for Google Assistant.
  2. Use the commands.

1] Setting up the Xbox Action for Google Assistant

You need to join the Google Group with your Google account signed in which you intend to use it with Google Assistant.

Sign in to your Xbox now.

On your Android or iOS device, open the Google Home app.

Select + Add.

Now tap on Set up device.

Tap Have something already set up?

Let it search and from the populated list, select [beta] Xbox.

Use the Microsoft account linked to your Xbox to sign-in on the Google Home app.

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)

The default name for your Xbox in the Google Home or the Google Assistant app would be Xbox. However, you can change it anytime to anything you want using the said applications.

2] Use the following commands

You can use the following commands to perform the mentioned actions:

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.

I hope you find this guide useful.

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.

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