How to automatically update Xbox Series X games

Find that your gaming time is always interrupted by an update? Here’s how to change your Xbox Series X update settings to improve your experience.

In the current global environment, entertainment plays as important a role as ever. Being able to switch off from your day-to-day responsibilities and unwind with your favourite past time is an increasingly important strategy in establishing good mental health.

With that said, something impacting that special time in your day can have a major impact on your ability to maximise the time you have to yourself. Gaming is certainly no exception, and perhaps the biggest roadblock is the growing, constant need to update games and hardware.

There is truly nothing more frustrating in gaming then sitting down after a long day, turning on your console, and being faced with an update, often quite large in download size, meaning your hope to immediately jump in and start playing has been delayed.

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Granted, it’s not the end of the world, but it’s certainly frustrating when you had your hopes up to quickly jump in and start playing your favourite game.

Thankfully, there’s a way to avoid this scenario all together. Many people probably already do this without even knowing, but some gamers may not know that there’s a way to proactively prevent updates from impacting your precious gaming time.

Here’s how to ensure game and hardware updates never eat into your gaming time.

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How to automate Xbox Series X update settings

  • Step 1: On your Xbox console, go to “Settings” then “System” and then “Updates”
  • Step 2: There are two boxes on this screen that you want to make sure are clicked. These are “Keep my console up to date” and “keep my games and apps up to date”
  • Step 3: Navigate back to the main “Settings” screen and up to “General” and then “Power mode and Startup”. You want to make sure that the box “When Xbox is off turn off storage” is unchecked. If it’s checked, then your storage will be switched off when the console is off, which can impact your auto-updates.

After this, do a full restart by selecting “Full shutdown”. This will shut down any games you currently have reserved in the background using Quick Resume, so make sure any unsaved progress is saved.

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These steps are an absolute must-do, as I haven’t faced a single update since I ensure these settings were in place.

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