How To Play Xbox on Laptop

Chris Campbell12 Feb 2022

If you have an Xbox, there may be times when you want to conduct some serious gaming but the TV to which the Xbox is connected might be in use for something else.  The answer is to play games from your Xbox onto your laptop. Streaming gaming to a different device on the same network is simpler than you might expect. It also works online in certain cases, so you could be at a hotel a thousand miles away and still play your Xbox on your laptop.

How To Connect Xbox to a Laptop

Windows laptops and Xboxes are a great match. After signing into your Microsoft account on both your Xbox and Windows laptop, you're just a few steps away from connecting your Xbox to your laptop.

Windows Laptop

On your Windows laptop:

  • Navigate to "Settings." 
  • Select "Device & Connections." 
  • Choose "Remote Features."
  • Tick the “Enable remote features” box.
  • Select "Xbox app preferences."
  • Choose "Allow connections from any device" and "Allow game streaming to other devices."

The next step is to set up your Windows laptop:

  • Locate and open the Xbox app.
  • Select the "console" icon at the top. You'll be connected to your Xbox console, and can start playing your Xbox on your laptop.
  • If you need to rename your Xbox, simply click tap the three dots next to it and select "Rename console." This could come in handy if you have more than one Xbox console.


As you might guess, connecting Xbox to a Mac is not as straightforward. There is no official Xbox application for macOS, nor is there an official way to transmit whatever is playing on your Microsoft console to an Apple computer.

OneCast, a third-party option, is available, however, this is only compatible with earlier Xbox consoles and is not free. You simply need to set it up as you would an Xbox to a Windows laptop, and you can start playing your Xbox when you run the OneCast app on your Mac. One thing to keep in mind is that OneCast solely works over local WiFi networks, so you won't be able to play on your Xbox remotely.

How To Connect Xbox One to a Laptop

Finding a simple way of playing your best games on the go may be difficult, especially for Xbox One console gamers. Hauling a TV anywhere is impractical and inconvenient, but can you connect your Xbox One and play on your laptop instead? Definitely! Since it is portable and also most likely has a decent display, one of the most popular ways of playing on the go is to use your laptop. There are two ways you can connect Xbox One to your laptop. You can do it using a wire or do it wirelessly.

Connect Xbox One to a Laptop With a Wire

To do this, you'll need:

  • Xbox One
  • HDMI wire
  • Laptop

It is simple to connect through HDMI:

  • Plug the power cord to the Xbox One and switch it on.
  • Connect your HDMI cord to your Xbox One's output terminal.
  • Connect the other end of the HDMI cord to your laptop's input terminal.
  • On your laptop, pick the correct video source.

That's all. The interface of your Xbox One should be shown on your laptop and you can start playing.

Connect Xbox One to a Laptop Wirelessly

To connect wirelessly, you'll need:

  • Xbox One
  • Ethernet cable
  • Laptop with Windows 10 OS

Because certain gaming laptops might lack an HDMI input, you can wirelessly connect instead:

  • On your laptop, launch the Xbox App.
  • Sign in to your Xbox Live account.
  • On the left sidebar of the interface, tap the "Connection" symbol, placed above the "Settings" indicator.
  • Select the "XboxOne" device.
  • Tap the "Stream" option.
  • When requested to connect a controller to your laptop or console, select "Continue."

All done. You can now start playing, streaming, or recording your Xbox games on your laptop as you would on a TV.

How To Use a Laptop As Monitor for Xbox One

Using a laptop as a monitor for your Xbox One makes gaming portable and more convenient:

  • Switch off the Xbox One.
  • Plug the HDMI cord into the Xbox and the laptop.
  • Plug the Xbox One's HDMI output port and your laptop's HDMI input port.
  • Power on the Xbox One.
  • The laptop will recognize that the Xbox One is connected to the input and automatically, your laptop is now your Xbox One display. If you want to make configurations to the display, simply navigate to the Xbox One dashboard.

All set. Have a GG!

How To Play Xbox on a Laptop With HDMI

The new generation loves playing games. Some enjoy mobile gaming, while others enjoy playing on their large-screen TVs. What if you're an Xbox gamer who wants to do without the TV? The answer is simple. Use your laptop as a monitor instead. As with all Xbox consoles, playing your Xbox games on your laptop is pretty easy. You just need an HDMI cable to connect your console to your laptop:

  • Connect the HDMI cable to the Xbox One's HDMI port.
  • Insert the other end to the HDMI input port on your laptop.
  • Turn on your console and it should be automatically identified by your laptop.
  • If no connection message appears, navigate to the display settings and pick the correct video source.


How To Connect Xbox Controller to a Laptop

It's almost as simple to link your Xbox controller to your Windows 10 laptop as it is to connect the controller to your console. The Xbox Wireless Controller may include the word "Xbox" in its name, but it isn't limited to connecting with only a console. The controller also connects to Windows 10, allowing you to use it wirelessly with just about any supported laptop game.

To begin using your Xbox controller with your laptop, it takes two simple steps:

  • Connect one end of your controller's cord to your controller.
  • Connect the other end to your laptop.

That's it! It will auto-configure under Windows 10 and can work with almost any laptop game.

How To Connect Xbox Series X & S to Laptop

Your Xbox Series X and S can be connected to your laptop. Game streaming allows you to play your Xbox games virtually from your console to any Windows 10 laptop. For Xbox One consoles, you may utilize the Xbox Console Companion application to stream games. You can use the Xbox application for laptops if you have Xbox Series X or S consoles.

The idea of playing your fave Xbox games virtually anywhere is super cool. The best part is, it's quite easy to connect your Xbox console to your laptop.

Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell

Thanks for reading! I'm Chris, an avid tech fanatic that enjoys keeping up with the latest laptop models. Hopefully my tips & tricks can help you out!

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