How to switch to energy-saving mode on the Xbox One

The Xbox One's instant-on mode, while convenient, uses 30 times more power than energy-saving mode.

Microsoft Xbox One
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Powering on the Xbox One by voice command is a pretty cool feature, though you might feel a little silly doing so at first. Responding to the "Xbox on" command is one of the features of instant-on power mode. Instant-on power mode starts up the Xbox One in just 2 seconds and also lets automatic updates occur. For those who frequently play games, watch videos via Netflix and Amazon, or have live TV set up, instant-on will probably be the preferred power mode. For all others, the energy-saving mode may be the better choice.

The Xbox One's energy-saving mode requires you to press the Xbox button to power on the console and can take up to 45 seconds to start up. It also won't allow updates to download and install automatically. So why would you use energy-saving mode? It uses 30 times less energy than instant-on mode. Instant-on mode uses 15W of power, while energy-saving mode sips just 0.5W of power.

To enable energy-saving mode on your Xbox One, first press the Menu button on the controller.

Xbox One controller
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Next, go to Settings, then Power & startup.

Xbox One settings
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Under Power Options, highlight the Power mode, then press the "A" button on the controller to toggle between instant-on and energy-saving.

Xbox One energy-saving mode
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When you turn off the Xbox One in energy-saving mode, the LED on the power supply will glow orange, instead of white.

Xbox One PSU
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About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at


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