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How to play Xbox games on iPhone and iPad (Xbox remote play)

How to play Xbox games on iPhone

Did you hear about the new Xbox iOS update? Yes! Microsoft is updating its app right before the launch of Xbox Series X. This update will let you stream and play Xbox games on your iPhone and iPad. Trust me on this; the remote play function is way better than mere casting games from your Xbox One to your iPhone. Also, you can arrange your games on your way back home and start playing as soon as you are home! Let me show you how.

System Requirements: iOS 13 or later, Bluetooth 4.0 or above

How to play Xbox games on your iOS devices

To enable playing your Xbox games on your iOS devices, you need to set up a remote play on your console and your Apple devices and then pair the devices together. The following steps explain both the procedures in detail. Before you begin, do not forget to install the Xbox app on your iPhone.

First, pair your controller to your iPhone or iPad 

  1. Go to Settings → Bluetooth. Make sure your Bluetooth is turned ON.Toggle on Bluetooth from iPhone Settings App
  2. Press the Xbox button to turn on your Xbox Wireless Controller.
  3. If your controller is paired to your Xbox already, turn OFF your console, wait for a few minutes and then press and hold the Pair button. 
  4. Select Xbox Wireless Controller from your pair of available devices.Select Xbox Wireless Controller from your pair of available devices on iPhone

That’s it. Your iPhone or iPad is now paired to your Xbox controller. If you are having trouble connecting your controller to your iPhone, then you can read our extensive guide on how to connect Xbox One or PS5/PS4 controller to iPhone.

Next, set up remote play

On your console:

  1. Press the Xbox button on your controller.
  2. Open Profile & SystemSettingsDevices & ConnectionsRemote Features.
  3. Enable Remote Features by clicking the box.
  4. Select Instant-on under Power Mode. 

Do not forget to turn your console power mode on. As remote play won’t work unless it is turned on.

On your iOS device: 

  1. Open the Xbox app.
  2. Look for the My Library icon and select Consoles.
  3. Under Consoles, connect with the console you wish to use.
  4. Tap Remote play on this device.Set up remote play on your iOS device

That’s it. You can now enjoy playing Xbox games using your iPhone.

Play Xbox games on your iPhone and iPad

Things to keep in mind while playing Xbox games on iPhone

When the man Tom Warren himself tweets about the iPhone app for Xbox, you have to test it thoroughly and see if the functionality works for real.

However, you need to be a little cautious before setting your gameplay. You don’t want to lose all your history now, do you? Here is a checklist; make sure you have them in command while connecting your iPhone to Xbox.

  • Make sure your device is compatible.
  • Your performance may vary depending on your iOS, so make sure you are updated to the latest iOS for smoother functioning.
  • Always save your progress while playing remotely. You can lose all your game progress if you get disconnected in the middle of the game.
  • Despite the number of connections, only one person can play remotely or locally.
  • You cannot purchase from the store during remote play. In-game is also disabled during remote play.
  • You cannot access back-compat games via remote play.
  • While using remote play, all your external applications on your console are blocked.

Enjoying Xbox games on your iPhone and iPad

Remote play for iOS is a big step because Apple is known for notoriously banning Microsoft in the past. Thus, Microsoft is planning to bring xCloud to iOS and iPadOS via a web-based app rather than waiting for the App Store approval to kick in. Maybe, Apple kicking Epic Games off its platform is Apple’s way of putting a ding in the universe.

With the all-new Xbox app, you can now manage your console using your iPhone. Thus, you can delete and download games to the console so that they are all prepared for you when you get home. Not just that, this is an excellent upgrade for gamers or game streamers, as it will let you take a screenshot and share it across your social media.

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