6 Hidden Xbox One Features Only Expert Users Know About

Think you know all about the Xbox One? Think again. We bring you a list of six features that the Xbox One can do which you might not even be aware of –

6. You can play your saved games on any Xbox One

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Any time you save your progress on any Xbox One game the console automatically makes a copy of the save file. Which is then automatically saved into the Xbox cloud storage.

What does this mean exactly? Well let’s say you’re at a friend’s house or your old Xbox One breaks for some reason, then all of your latest saves will be instantly accessible. All you have to do is plug in your Xbox sign-in information and you can access your last backed up saved file.


5. Continuing your Xbox 360 games on your new Xbox One

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There are a plethora of Xbox 360 games that are now backwards compatible for the Xbox One, everyone knows that. However, were you aware that you can carry over your Xbox 360 game file over to you Xbox One?

In order to access your Xbox 360 save files to your Xbox One, head into your Xbox One settings and you have to enable cloud saving on your Xbox 360.

Afterward, start up the game of choice on your Xbox 360. When you save your progress, select “Cloud Saved Games” as the default save location. Once the upload is complete, this save files will be accessible when you start the game on your Xbox One. However, there is one side note you should keep in mind, only Xbox Live members with an active Gold Membership can capitalize on this feature.


4. Expanding your Xbox One storage

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One of the biggest flaws the Xbox One has is the fact you are unable to switch out the internal hard drive. It can be quite frustrating when you own a digital-only library and your hard-drive space slowly decreases.

However, there is a way to expand your storage space because the Xbox One is compatible with external hard drives, this allows you to increase the amount of hard drive space you have on your system without having to buy a new console! For a good external hard drive perhaps, give this 2TB hard drive a try?


3. Using You Smartphone/Tablet As An Xbox One Controller

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Trying to type a long message to your buddies but you do not feel like navigating through all of it with your controller? Not a problem, grab your smartphone or tablet and download the Xbox One SmartGlass app, make sure both your phone and Xbox One are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Once you download the app, select the “Connect” icon at the top of the screen and choose your Xbox. The SmartGlass app not only allows you check your Xbox Live news feed, messages, achievements and game clips, but you can also use your phone as a keyboard instead of trying to type with the controller.


2. Changing the background of your home screen

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Tired of the generic Xbox One background on your home screen? That can be fixed, head over to your console settings, select the all settings tab, then click on personalization on the right side of that tab select my color and background.

Once there click on my background and then you can select one of the choices on your background screen, which include achievement art allowing you to use any of your favorite app or game achievements as a background. Custom image this allows you to use an image from your Xbox One or upload an image from a USB drive and lastly, you can select a screenshot from your favorite game, as a background image.


1. Streaming Xbox One games on your Windows 10 PC

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This feature is very convenient for those who want to hop on their Xbox One but, someone else is currently preoccupied with the TV. The best Xbox One feature only expert users know about allow players to stream their favorite Xbox One titles to any PC/Laptop with Windows 10 so long as both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi connection.

In order to access this awesome feature, first you will need to enable streaming on your Xbox One by heading into Settings > Preferences, and once you are at the Preferences tab select “Allow game streaming to other devices” and then “Enable the SmartGlass connection from any SmartGlass device.”

Once you finish the next step is to connect your Xbox app to the Xbox One using whatever PC/Laptop you choose. After the initial setup all you have to do is when you select a game from the Xbox App on your PC, just click on “Play from a console.”