How To Use Kinect Voice Commands On Xbox One


Xbox Kinect has come in for a lot of stick.

Voice commands have also been criticized, however we have compiled a full list of every command that is in the official Xbox One Directory we will of course update this should it be needed.

 Speech recognition is supported in the following locales and languages:

Locale Language
United States English
United Kingdom English
France French
Germany German
Canada English/French
Australia English
Brazil Portuguese
Mexico Spanish
Italy Italian
Spain Spanish

 usa vs Europe

The “Xbox On” feature is currently available in the following languages:

Languages supported by “Xbox on”  


Xbox One Dashboard

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“Xbox Démarrez” (French)“Xbox An” (German)
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

 Xbox One notification


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.

music dash


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

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