How to hard reset your Xbox Series X

If you’re wondering how to hard reset an Xbox Series X, then you’ve probably got an issue that’s caused your console to crash or freeze, preventing you from using the standard restarting methods. Thankfully, these problems are rare with the Xbox Series X, but they are still very frustrating as they can completely stop your console from functioning until remedial action is taken. We’ve got everything you need to know about performing an Xbox Series X hard reset, so hopefully you’ll be gaming again in no time.

How to hard reset an Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X

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If your console has crashed or otherwise become unresponsive, then you should try performing a hard reset on your Xbox Series X to try and resolve the issue. To do this, follow the process outlined here:

  1. Hold the Xbox power button on the console for around 10 seconds until it powers down fully
  2. Wait 30 seconds
  3. Press the Xbox button on either the console or the controller to turn back on

If the green Xbox logo splash screen doesn’t appear and you go straight into the dashboard, then you may not have held down the Xbox button on the console for long enough to override instant-on mode. Make sure you hold the button for a minimum of 10 seconds until the console turns off, then if needed unplug the power cable for and wait for at least 10 more seconds to ensure you completely hard reset your Xbox Series X. With that done, reconnect the power and follow the usual process to start up the console once again.

Note that none of the procedures explained in this guide will erase any of the games or personal data stored on your Xbox Series X, and are only intended to resolve certain issues that cause the console to temporarily lock up.

How to restart an Xbox Series X

Restart an Xbox Series X

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The easiest way to restart an Xbox Series X is to navigate to that option through the menus with the controller, though naturally this only works if your console is functioning correctly. There are actually two different routes to do this:

Restart Xbox Series X via Power Centre

  1. Hold the Xbox button on the controller to open Power Centre
  2. Choose Restart console
  3. Choose Restart

Restart Xbox Series X via Guide

  1. Press the Xbox button on the controller to open Guide
  2. Navigate through Profile & system > Settings > General > Power mode & start-up
  3. Choose Restart now

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