Full List of Kinect Voice Commands for Xbox One

xbox one kinect voice commandsWith the new Xbox One I’ve noticed (heard) a lot of people using Kinect commands online. More so it seems than on the 360, with the most common phrase being “Xbox, record that”.

Until recently I had my Kinect turned off, but recently gave it a go and was pleasantly surprised! It feels very user friendly, with a lot of commands being rather intuitive. However, I did wonder exactly what phrases worked with the hardware, so I’ve provided the list below which highlights all of the current Xbox One Kinect commands you can use. I hope this helps many of you.

Getting Around

If you want to… Say this…
Turn on your Xbox One console (works only when Instant-On power mode is enabled) Xbox On
Turn off your Xbox One console Xbox, turn off”
Return to the Home screen Xbox, go home” or “Show my stuff
Open and go to a particular application (for example, Xbox Music or Xbox Video) Xbox, go to <application name>”
Go back to the previous screen Xbox, go back
Cancel the current action Xbox, cancel
Snap a particular application Xbox, snap <application name>”
Unsnap a snapped application Xbox, unsnap
Switch focus between snapped view and main view Xbox, switch
Search using Bing Xbox, Bing <subject or topic>”
View the context menu Xbox, show menu
Change view (same as pressing the View button) Xbox, change view
Display the on-screen Help Xbox, help

Note When you do a Bing search, wait for the search box to display before telling the console what to search for.


If you want to… Say this…
Bring up a list of your contacts Xbox, Skype
View the contact details of your Skype contact XboxSkype <person>”
Start a video call using Skype Xboxcall <person>”
Answer a video call Xbox, answer
Answer a voice call Xbox, answer without video
Hang up or end a call Xbox, hang up
Send an Xbox Live message to a friend Xbox, send a message

& Profiles

If you want to… Say this…
Go to the sign-in page to sign in to any profile Xbox, sign in
Sign-in to a specific account (use the first name on the account) “Xbox, sign in as <person>”
Sign out of the active profile Xbox, sign out
Scan a QR code for a game or downloadable content Xbox, use a code


If you want to… Say this…
See your notification history Xbox, notifications
See more details about a notification that appears Xbox, show notification
Dismiss a notification that is on the screen Xbox, close notification
Answer an incoming call when the notification appears Xbox, answer
Answer an incoming call without video when the notification appears Xbox, answer without video

Video & Music

If you want to… Say this…
Play video content Xbox, play
Pause video content Xbox, pause
Rewind to a previous point Xbox, rewind
Fast forward to a future point Xbox, fast forward
Rewind or fast forward at a faster pace Xbox, faster
Rewind or fast forward at a slower pace Xbox, slower
Skip to the previous chapter Xbox, skip backward
Skip to the next chapter Xbox, skip forward
Stop playback of the content Xbox, stop
Play music, starting with the last active playlist Xbox, play music
Pause the track Xbox, pause music
Skip forward to the next track of a playlist or album Xbox, next song
Skip backward to the previous track of a playlist or album Xbox, previous song

Note Xbox Music must be active to use music commands.


If you want to… Say this…
Watch live TV Xbox, watch TV
Display the OneGuide Xbox, show guide
Watch a specific channel Xbox, watch <channel name>”


If you want to… Say this…
Mute your television Xbox, mute
Unmute your television Xbox, unmute
Increase the television volume Xbox, volume up
Decrease the television volume Xbox, volume down


If you want to… Say this…
Invite a friend to a game or chat Xbox, invite <name>”
Record a game clip or highlight Xbox, record that

Microsoft have also provided this useful downloadable PDF which covers Kinect commands and gestures for Xbox One.

Download Kinect Commands and Gestures Xbox One PDF


My first games console was the Mega Drive and I've been in love with video games ever since. Over the years I've owned many systems, which I hope to cover in the future. Most of the things I write and do videos about is considered "retro", but I do enjoy playing my Xbox One and PS4 as well...

Posted on February 5, 2014 | Last modified: 5th February 2014