How to Restore Xbox One Settings

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Your Xbox One acts as a repository for personal data: addresses, credit cards and email accounts, just to name a few. Resetting the device is the only way to completely remove everything on the console at once -- an important thing to do if you're planning for the machine to change owners. Be careful, though: You will lose any new save files or achievements earned since you last connected to Xbox Live.

  • Press the "Menu" button on your controller when the XBox One displays the dashboard.

  • Select "Settings," followed by "System." This opens a menu where you can view console information, set language, change location and reset the console.

  • Press "A" on "Restore factory defaults." Select "Yes" to confirm that you'll erase everything stored on the device and begin the process.

Tips & Warnings

  • Whenever you connect to Xbox Live, your data is synchronized. You can always download your profile onto a new Xbox One and retain your data.
  • Do not turn off the Xbox One while restoring. During this process, the software overwrites itself to return to its factory state; if the process is interrupted, you could be left with a half-overwritten console that won't boot.

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