How to transfer your Xbox One games to an Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S console: Move your game files and saved data

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If your Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S console has just arrived, you might be wondering how to transfer your games and saved data from your Xbox One onto your shiny next-gen console.

Thankfully, since your saved data will already be stored in the cloud (because Microsoft does that automatically), right now you only have to worry about moving the actual games themselves.

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Keep reading for all the info you need on how to transfer your games from the Xbox One to the Xbox Series X or S...

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How to transfer Xbox One games to Xbox Series X or S over the internet

As the Xbox website has explained, there are two main ways to transfer games from one console to another. One of these is called 'network game transfer' and it requires you to have both consoles turned on at the same time and connected to the same Wifi network.

Using this method, here are the basic steps you need to follow if you want to move your Xbox One games to an Xbox Series X or S:

  1. On the Xbox you want to copy from, press the Xbox button on the controller to open the guide.
  2. Go to Profile & system > Settings > System Backup & transfer Network transfer and tick the Allow network transfer box. This makes that Xbox visible to other consoles on the same network.
  3. Once you’ve allowed transferring from the “host” Xbox, turn on the console onto which you’ll be copying games and apps, and go to the same settings page. Your host Xbox should be listed.
  4. Select the Xbox you want to copy from, choose the items to copy, then select Copy selected.
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And that's it! Your games will start moving over, and hopefully it won't be too long until you're able to play them - it just depends on how speedy your internet is, basically!

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How to transfer Xbox One games to Xbox Series X or S using an external hard drive

Here's the second method: if you have all your Xbox One games on a hard drive, this should be fairly easy to manage when it comes to setting up your Xbox Series X or S.

As the Xbox website explains, "This is the simplest way to bring your Xbox library with you to Xbox Series X|S.

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"Just unplug the USB 3.0 or later device from your Xbox One and then plug it into one of the three USB ports on the Xbox Series X|S.

"Content installed on the external storage device will show up in My games & apps just like on Xbox One. If you’d like, copy or move games to the internal storage or Storage Expansion Card for better performance (such as faster loading times)."

If you'd like some more info on that, Microsoft has whole page about managing your storage on Xbox consoles - you can click this link to check it out.

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How to transfer Xbox One games to Xbox Series X or S via disc

If you have an Xbox One game on a disc, you won't be able to put that into the disc-free Xbox Series S (obviously), but you could slip it straight into an Xbox Series X console.

Your new Series X console should recognise the game and begin to install it. And when the game is installed, your new console should find your saved game data in the cloud and allow you to keep playing.

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