How to Plug in a USB Into an Xbox


Your Xbox 360 supports a variety of USB devices, including flash drives, digital cameras and music players. You can connect a flash drive to your Xbox, for example, to transfer game saves and other content between devices. Most USB devices work as soon as you connect them to the console. If you want to use a flash drive on the Xbox, though, you'll need to configure it first.

Flash Drive

  • Update your Xbox 360 with the latest system software. If your system requires an update, you'll receive a prompt to download it when you connect to Xbox LIVE. Accept the update to install it automatically.

  • Lift open the oval-shaped flap covering the two USB ports on the front of the console.

  • Connect a compatible USB flash drive to one of the free USB ports on the front of your console. Your USB drive must have at least 1GB and up to 32GB of free space to work on the Xbox.

  • Press the controller's "Guide" button and then go to "Settings" and "System Settings."

  • Select "Memory" or "Storage."

  • Select "Configure Now" to erase all data on the drive and format it for use on the Xbox. If you only want to use some of the space on the drive for Xbox content, select "Customize." Adjust the Reserved Storage slider to the amount of space to reserve for Xbox content. By default, the console reserves 512MB for system use.

  • Select "Configure" to confirm.

Play Music

  • Connect a USB cable to your MP3 player, digital camera or other media device. Connect the other end of the cable to a USB port on the Xbox console.

  • Press the "Guide" button and select "Media."

  • Select "Media" and then select "Music Player."

  • Select "Portable Device" and then select the song you want to play.

View Pictures

  • Connect your digital camera or other media device to the Xbox via USB cable.

  • Select "Apps" and "My Apps."

  • Select "Picture Viewer" and "Portable Device."

  • Select an image and press "A" to view it in full-screen mode.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the Xbox will not recognize your USB device, disconnect it and connect it to a different USB port or try another USB cable. Ensure that the USB device is connected to a separate power supply if it requires one. Some portable hard drives, for example, will need a power source. If this doesn't work, your device or the console might be defective.
  • Formatting your USB drive will delete all content on it. Save the data you want to keep to your computer before formatting.

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