How to transfer games and system data from Xbox One to Xbox One X

Learning how to transfer data from Xbox One to Xbox One X means you’ll be up and running quickly when your new console arrives.

Microsoft has provided a few options for transferring your data between consoles. The easiest is to use an external hard drive, which has the added benefit of allowing you to trade in your original console before getting your Xbox One X, but if you want to keep things internal, there is a way to move them. also directly through your home network.

Remember that all hard drives must support USB 3.0, have more than 256 GB of storage, and be formatted for the console. (When you plug it in for the first time, your console will prompt you to do this, although doing so will erase everything else on there!)

How to prepare your Xbox One for Xbox One

There are a few things you should do to prepare for the arrival of Xbox One

1. (Optional) Preload 4K content: An optional first step is to capture 4K files ahead of time, which is useful if your Xbox One X is not yet available for delivery. You can do this by going to Settings, System, then Backup & Transfer. There is an option to download 4K gaming content.

You can also go to Settings, Systems, Updates, and then “Keep games and apps up to date,” although that means it will automatically download large files, which isn’t ideal if you have a carrier that limits their use.

2. Transfer games to an external hard drive: When your game library is ready, connect your external hard drive and then go to Settings, System, Storage. Available drives will be displayed here, including the internal hard drive and the newly connected external one.

Select internal, then Transfer and you’ll have a list of all your games and software. Choose what you want to transfer or, if you’re not picky, there’s a Select All option.

3. Transfer settings using an external hard drive: In addition to games, you also need to go through system settings (think preferences, themes, etc.), which is a separate step. Go to Settings, System, then Backup & Transfer, followed by Back up to device.

How to transfer data from Xbox One to Xbox One

When you set up your Xbox One After setup, we assume that you are free to keep the games on the hard drive or transfer them to the internal drive if you wish.

If you do not want to use an external hard drive, you can back up your settings using Network Transfer. Go to Settings, System, then Backup & Transfer, followed by Network Transfer.

We assume you need to do this on both systems at the same time (so you need to turn on your Xbox One

A wired connection is not required (thanks to readers telboy007 and TwinStripeUK for checking this!) It would certainly be faster compared to Wifi.

Either way, once set up, Network Transfer allows you to move settings and games across your home network. Simply connect both systems to your network and they should be detected. Microsoft also says that since it’s local, no internet bandwidth will be used, so you can save it for some of the massive 4K downloads you have saved.

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