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Setting Up Your Xbox OneS Ready For Christmas Day

If Santa is bringing an Xbox 1, then this post will provide you with step by step instructions on how get started and set up.

But if you have the luxury of time. I urge you to take my advice; set up your Xbox 1 before Christmas Day. You see, this time last year that was me. This time last year an Xbox was making its way to the Christie household from the North Pole.

Fortunately a friend had given me a valuable piece of advice. Advice  that most probably saved our Christmas Day, saved us from so much stress and grief. I passed this on to other parents who I knew were buying an  Xbox for their children. Some chose to ignore it and trust me they regretted it.

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I set up Jack’s Xbox 1 once the boys were in bed, one night before Christmas. I then popped it back in the box and wrapped for Santa to leave under the tree. This meant on Christmas morning Jack was able to plug and go.  Whilst many of his friends spent the entire day stood over their Xbox downloading software and stressing at their parents. I can safely say that day I hit the cool parent radar.

Set up is quite simple but can take some time. You generally need to do a system update. Put in all of your details, connect to the Internet and download any games you have bought to the Xbox console.

You see on Christmas Day 90% of the Xbox buying population will be doing just this and pulling their hair, out whilst trying to update and download games with millions of others.

The people from Xbox have kindly provide me with all of the information you might need to set your Xbox 1s including a step by step video. I have followed the video instructions myself to test them out and can confirm they are easy to use. There are also lots of links to Microsoft below should you encounter any issues. Good luck and hopefully with a little preparation you will have a chilled out Christmas.



Step-by-step guide to setting up your Xbox Ones console

Basic Set-Up

Here are five simple steps to help get your Xbox OneS set up:

Step one:

Remove all the cables, the controller and the headset from the box and using the ‘Quick Setup Guide’ manual enclosed, connect your console up to your TV. Note, your Xbox One has two HDMI ports – ‘HDMI In’ and ‘HDMI Out’. Your TV connects to your Xbox through ‘HDMI Out’.

Setting up you Xbox 1 before Christmas



On powering up your console, the first thing you will be asked to do is to select the language you want to use and the region where you live.

(We found at this stage we needed to connect the remote control to the console. You do this by pressing buttons 1 and 2 at the same time and holding until the X button on the top of the remote control flashes)

Setting up an Xbox 1 before Christmas Day


Next its time to connect to the internet. To do this, you can either opt to use a wired connection and plug your Ethernet cable into the back of the console or you can select your wireless network and enter your password – this should take a moment to connect.


Once you’re connected to the internet, your Xbox One will require an update.  Aftter which it will automatically restart and you will then be asked to select a time zone.


The next step is signing in with your email account. If this is your first Xbox and you don’t have a gamertag with an associated email address. You can use the email address you already have for Skype, outlook.com or Windows 10, or simply create a new email address. From here you can create your account and also create accounts for each family member. Children can be set up with personalised accounts to determine what content and features are available to them.

Please note: To ensure your console is ready for use on Christmas Day and to jump straight into the action, we recommend taking the following steps a few days ahead of Christmas:

  • Set up your console in advance to allow it to do the initial update
  • Pre-install your games – be it a digital download code or hard copy – as install times can vary depending on the size of the game and your internet speed

Now we’ll show you how to connect your Xbox One console to the internet to access live and on-demand TV, multiplayer games and get access to even more content.

For more information on how to set-up your Xbox One for the first time, please visit: Xbox Support


Getting Online with Xbox Live

Now that your console is up and running, there are a few more steps you can take to set up Xbox Live – to take full advantage of online multiplayer games and the Xbox Store – and customise your console settings for your children’s safety.

A 12-month Xbox Live Gold code costs £39.99 and gives you access to online multiplayer, Xbox’s Games with Gold and free games, along with monthly deals.


To redeem a code on Xbox One, including digital games and Xbox Live codes, follow these steps:

  • Go to the Xbox Store and under ‘categories’ select ‘games’
  • Next, select ‘use a code’
  • From there, enter your 25-character code

Included in the Xbox One package is a 14-day trial code for you to experience Xbox Live, on us.

Xbox has launched its Family Hub on xbox.com,

Which is designed to help parents better understand the various family benefits of the Xbox One S. This includes how to set up an Xbox One S.  A list of family friendly games, an overview of family settings on the console including parental controls, web filtering and in app purchase choices, additional features such as 4K entertainment and deals available to Xbox Live Gold members.

Included on the Hub is a video from UK family blogger Andy Robertson demonstrating essential tips for families when setting up an Xbox One S this Christmas. This includes how to connect it to a TV, downloading system updates, setting up user accounts and downloading games and apps. These tips will allow parents to have the console ready to play for Christmas morning.

To help parents know which games are best for families, Andy also provides an overview of the perfect family games to play this Christmas including: FIFA 17, Minecraft, Forza Horizon 3 and LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens to name a few.

Xbox One Family Settings

To ensure your children’s safety on Xbox One, you can modify your console’s privacy settings. You can manage this via the console or online at Xbox.com. However, content settings must be managed on the console.

Step one:

Sign in to the adult’s Xbox Live account and go to ‘settings’. From there, select ‘all settings’ and under ‘account’, select ‘family’ where you will be prompted to enter your password.


Next, you can select the account that you want to update and select the category of settings you want to update, such as ‘privacy and online safety’.


Then, you can select the default age-appropriate settings or customise the account by selecting ‘view details and customise’.


From here you can see what each setting allows your child to see or do on Xbox One and choose accordingly. For example, you can choose to block your child from sharing their activity and content online outside of Xbox Live by selecting ‘Block under Share outside of Xbox Live’.


Next, select any additional settings that you want to customise such as access to content, web filtering and blocking of age-rated TV shows and content.

We strongly recommend you set up privacy and content settings for any Xbox console that children have access to. This way, you can deliberately set levels of access that work for you and your family.

*You can change settings again at any time by going back into the settings menu and entering your password.


Connecting Xbox One to your set-top box

Did you know you can connect your existing set-top box to your Xbox One so you can watch live TV natively through your console without changing the input on the TV? Here are some simple steps to get started.

Step one:

Connect your set-top box to your Xbox One console with any standard HDMI cable. The port you need to use on your Xbox One console is labelled ‘HDMI In’.


Go into ‘Settings’ on the Xbox menu and select the ‘OneGuide’ option. You will be taken to a screen where you can manage your devices. Start by selecting ‘TV’. You’ll then be asked a series of questions in order to complete your TV setup.


On the ‘let’s set up OneGuide’ screen, select ‘next’ to begin the setup of your cable or satellite TV provider’s channel guide. Follow the steps below to help your console learn how to control your cable or satellite set-top box.


On the ‘Pick your start’ setting screen, you’ll be asked to decide which screen your console will start from when first turned on. Select one of the two options, and then select ‘next’ to continue.



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  1. 21st December 2015 / 11:14 am

    What a brilliant idea! I got Mr vista one 2 Christmassea ago and it was a nightmare to set up xxx

    • SarahJChristie
      22nd December 2015 / 8:55 am

      I know it made life so much easier last year Katie, loads of Jacks friends were unable to use their gifts on the big day, it is so better to be prepared x

  2. barjerow
    21st December 2015 / 12:52 pm

    I’m sure this will be very helpful information this week

    • SarahJChristie
      22nd December 2015 / 8:56 am

      Thank you, I hope it does help, as you wouldn’t think you need too would you? When actually it is quite logical down to the sheer volume of users on the day.

  3. 22nd December 2015 / 9:37 pm

    Ooooooo I presume this would also apply to ‘other’ consoles as Santa *may* be bringing a PlayStation 4 for son. Valuable information Sarah xx

    • SarahJChristie
      24th December 2015 / 8:42 am

      You are welcome Tracey, trust me last year I was very popular x

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