Thursday, May 30, 2013

Control Xbox with Windows Phone Device

9:13 AM

Microsoft has launched Windows 8 Consumer Preview and along with that has come the Xbox Companion. The Xbox Companion is an app that runs on your Windows 8 computer that allows you to control your Xbox using your PC. Neat, right? Well, now they’ve ported this app to a new device; your Windows Phone. If you’re like me and use your Xbox to play Netflix movies, this comes in very handy since you probably always have your phone within arms reach. Now, you also have your remote always within arms reach as well. Here’s how to set it all up.

I. Before You Begin.

  • 1. You must have an Xbox and a Windows Phone both with internet access.
  • 2. For best performance both the Xbox and Windows Phone should be connected to the same Wifi network.

II. Setup Xbox Companion on the Xbox

  • 1. Turn on your Xbox and sign in to Xbox Live.
  • 2. Go to Settings > System > Console Settings > Find Xbox Companion and select it.
  • 3. Change it from Unavailable to Available.

III. Setup Xbox Companion on the Windows Phone

  • 1. Open the Marketplace on your Windows Phone.
  • 2. Click on Apps.
  • 3. Search for “Xbox Companion”.
  • 4. Select and click Install.

IV. Connect Xbox Companion to the Xbox

  • 1. Select Xbox Live / Games on your Windows Phone.
  • 2. Under Collection, select Xbox Companion.
  • 3. Select Next.
  • 4. Select Next again.
  • 5. After it connects you will receive a notification on your Xbox. Select Continue on your Windows Phone at this point.
  • 6. Now, you can select any of the quickplay options from your Xbox on your Windows Phone to launch them on the Xbox. You can also use Bing, check out featured content, and even click the icon in the bottom right to turn your phone into a controller and control the Xbox that way.
This is part of our Windows Phone Basics/Tips and Tricks series. Great for anyone new to Windows Phone, or anyone just looking to learn a few tips and tricks! For all our Windows Phone Basics.

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