Xbox One voice command guide

Now that Xbox One is out, you probably want to speak to your console. By saying "Xbox," Kinect opens up a menu that lets you speak a command at it. As noted in our review, you have to be very specific with your commands, otherwise Xbox might not understand you. Here's an overview of all the things you can say to your Kinect:

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 is supported. Shows channel shortcuts during full screen TV viewing

  • Stop Listening Stops Kinect from listening or cancels voice commands if Kinect is triggered during casual 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 notification(s)

  • Xbox Sign In/Out; Xbox Sign In As [Person] Signs in/out an Xbox Live member

  • Xbox Record That Records the previous 30 seconds of gameplay

  • Xbox Start a Party Launches the Party app in Snap mode

  • Xbox Volume Up/Down/Mute/Unmute Controls volume of TV set

Navigation and Multitasking

  • Xbox Go Home/Show My Stuff Returns to Home

  • Xbox Go to [activity] Launches specific games, TV shows, apps, notifications, and sections of the dashboard

  • 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/Call [person] Launches Skype call, must be a person from your Skype favorites list on your Xbox One

  • Xbox Answer/Answer Without Video Answers incoming Skype call

  • Xbox Hang Up Ends Skype 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/OneGuide Launches OneGuide for cable or satellite TV subscribers

Transport 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] Browses to the specific website when in Internet Explorer

  • Xbox Bing [name] Launches Bing and searches for the specific item(s)

Do note that if you want to launch a game, you need to say the full title. So, "Forza" won't work, but "Forza Motorsport 5" will. Also, do remember that Kinect cannot differentiate between voices. It won't work when multiple people are talking at the same time. So, if you want to use voice commands, make sure only one person is speaking at a given time.