How to Play Xbox Games on Android

Introduction

In late 2020 Microsoft opened Xbox Remote Play up to everyone who owns an Android phone or tablet. With Xbox Remote Play, users can effectively mirror their console on their Android device, and play games they have downloaded to the console they’re accessing. Additionally, in order to navigate the screen and play games, this does require a supported Bluetooth controller. Check out my video that shows you how to pair your Xbox One controller with your Android device. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in the YouTube video below.

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Steps to Enable Remote Play on Xbox

  1. Navigate to the home screen on your Xbox, and then click your profile at the top of the screen to open a menu.
  2. Press “B” to go back to the Profile and Settings menu, and then select “Settings” in this menu. The Settings screen is displayed.
  3. Select “Devices and Connections” in the menu on the left side of the screen, and then choose “Remote Features” in the list of options on the right side of the screen. The Remote Features screen is shown.
  4. Select “Enable Remote Features” on this screen. A screen is displayed briefly letting you know that your setup is being tested, and then you’ll see a screen that either confirms that you can move forward with remote streaming, or informs you that you can’t move forward with remote streaming until some items are addressed. Click “Next” if you’re good to go on this screen. The next screen will let you know that your console is ready for remote play, and that Xbox remote play works best on either a wired or 5 gigahertz connection.

Steps to Play Xbox Games on Android Phone or Tablet

  1. Install the Xbox Beta app on your Android phone or tablet from the Google Play store and then launch the Xbox Beta app on your Android device.
  2. Choose “Sign In” on the initial screen, and then enter the email address and password for the Microsoft account that’s associated with your Xbox Live account. You’ll land on a screen that says Welcome Back with your profile picture on it.
  3. Tap “Let’s Play.” You’ll land on the Xbox Beta app home screen.
  4. Before moving forward, make sure you have a supported Bluetooth controller paired with your Android phone or tablet and turned on for use. If you need help with this, I’ll link to my video in the description that walks you through how to pair your Xbox One controller with your Android phone or tablet.
  5. Tap the “Library” icon on the left side of the screen. The My Library screen is displayed, and defaults to showing your Xbox image and video captures. Tap the “Consoles” option toward the top of this screen. A new screen is displayed showing your list of consoles that are set up for remote streaming.
  6. Locate the console you want to stream from and then tap “Connect.” You’ll see a loading screen briefly before you land on your Xbox home screen. Now, you can use your paired Xbox controller to navigate your Xbox home screen, launch and play Xbox games, exactly like you would if you were playing on your console at home.

5 Reasons to Play Xbox Games on Android Phone or Tablet

1. Play Anywhere, Anytime

Imagine transforming your mundane morning commute into an epic gaming session. Playing Xbox games on your Android phone or tablet means unparalleled mobility. No longer are you shackled to your living room. Whether you’re waiting in a long line or traveling, your game progresses with you. This portability is a game-changer, especially for those who juggle busy schedules but want to squeeze in some game time. Furthermore, cloud gaming technology such as Xbox Cloud Gaming (formerly known as Project xCloud) enables seamless gameplay without hefty downloads, preserving your device’s storage for other uses.

2. No Need for Expensive Hardware

Not everyone can invest in a high-end gaming console. If you own an Android device, you can dive into the world of Xbox without the hefty price tag of a console. With services like Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you can access a vast library of games for a monthly fee that’s a fraction of the cost of a new Xbox console. This is particularly appealing for casual gamers or those who are budget-conscious. Additionally, you avoid the cost associated with gaming PCs, such as upgrades and maintenance, making gaming more accessible and affordable.

3. Access to a Huge Game Library

Xbox Game Pass has revolutionized how gamers access content, offering hundreds of games for a single subscription fee. On your Android, you can play blockbuster hits, indie darlings, and everything in between. New games are added regularly, keeping the lineup fresh and exciting. This subscription model is perfect for gamers who love to try new games without committing to a $60 purchase every time. It also allows for exploring different genres that you might not have considered before, enhancing your gaming experience and broadening your horizons.

4. Seamless Continuation of Gameplay

One of the coolest features of playing Xbox games on an Android device is the ability to pick up right where you left off. Thanks to cloud saves, you can start playing on your console and continue on your phone or tablet without missing a beat. This feature is a boon for those who hate losing game progress or replaying sections due to switching devices. It ensures a fluid gaming experience that adapts to your lifestyle, not the other way around. Additionally, this flexibility enhances your engagement with the game, keeping you hooked no matter where you are.

5. Integrated Social Features

Gaming is more fun with friends, and Xbox on Android makes socializing easy. With built-in voice chat and the ability to join multiplayer games on the go, you can connect with friends anytime. This integration extends to sharing achievements and game clips, keeping your social circles in the loop of your gaming achievements. For those who enjoy competitive or cooperative play, this means the fun doesn’t have to stop when you leave your console at home. Whether you’re coordinating play sessions or just catching up while playing, your gaming community is always at your fingertips.

About Max

Max has nearly 20 years of experience working in IT across three different industries in project management and management capacities: publishing, telecommunications and healthcare. He holds the following degrees and certifications: BS Communications, MA Communications, MBA and Project Management Professional (PMP). His tutorial-focused YouTube channel earned more than 100,000 subscribers in its first four years, and currently has more than 160,000 subscribers, 110,000,000 video views and an insane 2.4 million hours of watch time. Max enjoys learning new technology, reading and collecting comic books, listening to audiobooks and playing video games.

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