Xbox Console Companion For Mac


Mac’s trackpad and keyboards are not the best controllers in the world, so if you want to play some games, better get yourself an Xbox One Controller. It is simply the best gamepad you can play with. Comparing with Windows 10, where Xbox One Controller is natively supported, macOS works a bit strange with Microsoft’s gamepads. Luckily enough, connecting Xbox One Controller to Mac is very simple. Sometimes it works natively and wirelessly, but sometimes it requires wired connection and third-party app (driver). This article has all you need to know about connecting Xbox One Controller to Mac.

With the new Xbox app for Windows 10 PCs, play the games you love to play. Browse the catalogue, view recommendations, and discover your next favorite game from a library of high-quality PC games with Xbox Game Pass. See what your friends are playing and chat with them across Xbox. To use your Xbox Wireless Controller with your console after using it with a PC, you must re-sync the controller to the console. You can do this by using the wireless sync button or a USB cable. For details, see Connect an Xbox Wireless Controller to your console. This information applies only to Xbox. The Xbox Console Companion App brings together your friends, games, and accomplishments across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices. Stay connected to the Xbox community, see what your friends are playing, share game clips and screenshots, and view achievements across.

Tip. Xbox One Controller works better with Windows 10, so our advice is to use Windows 10 (Bootcamp is fine). In addition to better gamepad compatibility, you will get better performance in your games.

Select the Start button, then select Xbox Console Companion. Sign in with your Microsoft account. If you don’t have a Microsoft account, select Create one! If you’ve ever installed games from the Microsoft Store, use the same Microsoft account here. Select My games. Uninstall Xbox SmartGlass. To do this, right-click on the Start button, and select Programs and Features Double-click Xbox SmartGlass in the list to activate the built-in uninstaller Confirm the removal Restart the computer right away or do it later.


How to Connect Xbox One Controller to Mac Wirelessly?

First, make sure you have an updated controller which supports Bluetooth connection. Only updated Xbox One Controller (2016) supports Bluetooth. You can find out which model you have using the picture below:

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  1. Make sure Bluetooth on your Mac is enabled. You can simply ask Siri to turn it on, use menu bar or open System Preferences > Bluetooth and press Turn Bluetooth On.
  2. Now it is time to take your Xbox One Controller and press big Xbox One button at the center of the gamepad. It will start blinking slowly. At the back of the gamepad, there is a small button in between LB and RB. Press and hold it until the Xbox logo on the gamepad starts blinking swiftly.
  3. Now you should see the Xbox Wireless Controller. Press Connect. Xbox One logo on your gamepad should stop blinking. This means the connection is set and you can start playing games.

Pretty straightforward, isn’t it? The thing is some games do not “see” Xbox One Controller connected to the Mac using this method. It all depends on the developer. If you can open game and gamepad works perfectly, you can stop reading this. If the gamepad is connected but seems to be not working, proceed to the next section of this article.

How to Connect Xbox One Controller to Mac via Micro USB Cable?

If the wireless connection does not work with your games, find a micro USB cable and connect your gamepad to the Mac. The gamepad will vibrate, but Xbox logo won’t light up. That is fine, don’t worry. MacOS has no built-in driver for the wired connection, so we are going to help this system learn how to work with your gamepad.

Tip. Although we are talking about Xbox One Controller, this method allows you to connect Xbox 360 to Mac as well. Vm virtualbox for mac.

Xbox Connect For Mac Windows 10

  1. Open this link and download file 360ControllerInstall_0.16.10.dmg. Open it and follow the on-screen instructions. Important: this procedure requires administrator-level access, therefore make sure you know administrator password.
  2. Restart the Mac after the procedure is done and open System Preferences.
  3. At the bottom of the screen, you will see new Xbox 360 Controllers entry. Click it.
  4. Go to Advanced tab and make sure Enable Driver is enabled. Gamepad won’t work if this option is turned off. Again, you will need to enter the Administrator password in order to enable the driver.
  5. You will see Xbox One Wired Controller (Wired) in the drop-down menu at the top of the window.
  6. Switch to Controller Test and make sure all input elements work fine.
  7. Your controller is ready to rock.

Connect Mac To Xbox One

As you see, there are plenty of options allowing you to disable vibration, spoof controller as an Xbox 360 Gamepad, map buttons, invert sticks, etc. Spend some time messing around with app’s elements and you will be able to use your Xbox One Gamepad with Mac like a boss.


Aug 09, 2010 I am completely new to this. I am currently streaming my Xbox gameplay to my PC using the Xbox App on Windows 10, and I plan on streaming that using OBS to twitch so I can have overlays etc without buying a capture card. However, OBS won't recognise Xbox App as a Game Capture option or a Window Capture option.

Experience the new generation of games and entertainment with Xbox. Explore consoles, new and old Xbox games and accessories to start or add to your collection. While we Mac users have long awaited Microsoft to give us an official Xbox app for MacOS (much like the Windows 10 version), I have been trying to find a way to emulate the Xbox app on Mac, for useful input into in-game text chat in games like Warframe when it can get very tiresome to use the app. Aug 24, 2019 Microsoft’s Xbox Console Companion app is your key to playing Xbox One games on your Windows 10 desktop or laptop. Unlike PS4 Remote Play or PS Now, this app.

Screenshot of the Xbox 'Console Companion' app on Windows 10
Stable release
Windows 1048.55.30001.0 / August 1, 2019; 11 months ago
iOS1906.625.1605 / July 2, 2019; 12 months ago[1]
Android2001.0122.2248 / February 3, 2020; 5 months ago[2]
Preview release
Operating systemAndroid, iOS, Windows 10

The Xbox app is an app for Windows 8, Windows 10, Android, and iOS. It acts as a companion app for Xbox video game consoles, providing access to Xbox Live community features, remote control, as well as second screen functionality (formerly branded as SmartGlass) with selected games, applications, and content.

On Windows 10, the app additionally serves as a launcher for PC games installed on a device (including games obtained from Microsoft Store and Steam), and provides access to the system's screen recording functions. During E3 2019, the existing version of the Xbox app for Windows 10 was renamed Xbox Console Companion, and a new Xbox app was introduced in beta. The new Xbox app on Windows 10 supports Microsoft's games-on-demand subscription service Xbox Game Pass.


Through the app, users can access their activity feed, Xbox Live friends and messages, manage their party, watch saved Game DVR clips, browse OneGuide, and view their achievements. Some games and apps can provide second screen integration via the app, displaying supplemental content. The app can also be used as a remote control for the console.[3][4]

The Windows 10 version of the app allows users to stream games from an Xbox One console over a local network, and has the ability to view and edit Game DVR recordings from an Xbox One console. It also serves as a front-end for a PC version of Game DVR on supported hardware (Game DVR settings were moved to the Settings app on Windows 10 version 1703),[5] and has a library display for games installed on the device, such as those obtained via Steam and Microsoft Store.[6][7][8]


Xbox 360 SmartGlass was originally announced at E3 2012, for Windows 8, Android and iOS. Microsoft demonstrated use cases for the new app within both games and entertainment, including a minimap for Ascend: New Gods, a second screen experience for School of Rock with supplemental content, and Game of Thrones (with interactive maps and family tree diagrams).[9] With the release of Xbox One in November 2013, Microsoft released an accompanying Xbox One SmartGlass app for Android, iOS, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone, which contained more extensive functionality for controlling the console.[10][11]

Windows 10 introduced a revamped version of SmartGlass referred to simply as Xbox, which notably added a library display for PC games, and the ability to stream games from an Xbox One console on a local network.[12] On June 12, 2016, the mobile versions of the Xbox One Smartglass apps were updated for parity with the desktop version, and renamed 'Xbox' as well.[13] Xbox 360 SmartGlass was not updated and was discontinued in May 2018.

The mobile apps were updated alongside the Xbox One's May 2019 firmware update, adding cross-platform status indicators to friends.[14]

On June 9, 2019, coinciding with Microsoft's E3 2019 press conference, Microsoft released a new Xbox app in beta exclusively for Windows 10 May 2019 Update (version 1903), which has a redesigned interface, and serves as the client for Xbox Game Pass on PC.[15] In advance of the conference, Microsoft rebranded the existing Xbox app on Windows 10 as Xbox Console Companion.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^'Xbox'. App Store. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  2. ^'Xbox - Apps on Google Play'. Google Play. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  3. ^'Xbox One's SmartGlass App Does Essential Stuff Your Xbox One Won't'. Time. November 21, 2013.
  4. ^Warren, Tom (2013-11-19). 'Xbox One SmartGlass lets you snap apps from your phone or tablet'. The Verge. Retrieved 2019-06-09.
  5. ^'Review: Windows 10 Creators Update is quite a small major update'. Ars Technica. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  6. ^'Xbox on Windows 10: social features, game DVR and more'. Engadget. AOL. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  7. ^'Xbox app coming to Windows 10, Microsoft confirms'. Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  8. ^'Windows 10 will let you stream Xbox One games to any Windows 10 PC or tablet'. Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  9. ^Stein, Scott. 'E3 2012: A closer look at Xbox SmartGlass'. CNET. Retrieved 2019-06-10.
  10. ^'Microsoft releases SmartGlass Xbox One app for Android, iOS, Windows'. PCWorld. 2013-11-19. Retrieved 2019-06-10.
  11. ^Phillips, Tom (2013-11-19). 'Microsoft releases Xbox One SmartGlass app'. Eurogamer. Retrieved 2019-06-10.
  12. ^Machkovech, Sam (2015-08-13). 'Xbox on Windows 10: What it is, what it isn't, and what's missing [Updated]'. Ars Technica. Retrieved 2019-06-10.
  13. ^'New Xbox apps for iOS and Android look just like Windows 10'. The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  14. ^Bright, Peter (2019-05-17). 'Xbox, PC get a little bit closer with the latest Xbox updates'. Ars Technica. Retrieved 2019-06-09.
  15. ^Gaming, Darren Allan 2019-06-10T10:12:06Z. 'This is our first look at the new Xbox app on Windows 10'. TechRadar. Retrieved 2019-06-10.
  16. ^'Microsoft readies a renamed Xbox Console Companion app for Xbox management on Windows'. PCWorld. 2019-06-04. Retrieved 2019-06-09.

External links[edit]

  • Xbox (beta) on Microsoft Store
  • Xbox Console Companion on Microsoft Store

Retrieved from 'https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Xbox_(app)&oldid=962192551'

The Xbox live app has recently been renamed to Xbox console companion, and with it, many new changes were made to the app. Apart from the display settings options which were newly introduced in Windows 10, the app has been remade to be a real-time activity tracker of your Xbox account.

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  • 2 How To Appear Offline On Xbox App In Windows 10?

Xbox App Appear Offline Windows 10


The Xbox app is a real-time activity tracker for your Xbox account. It lets you connect with your friends, and connect with other gamers so that you can chat and share your progress, photos, etc. Your friends can also see when you are playing a game, and the games you recently played on your Xbox or PC.

The app can be a distraction if you do not play games on your device all the time. Even when you play games, your friends can see that you are online, and may be tempted to text you or share something with you. If you do not wish to be distracted by your friends texting you via the Xbox companion app, you can hide online status in Xbox one.

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For the Xbox app appear offline, you will have to change the Xbox privacy settings. When you change the Online settings for your Xbox app, you can hide online status in Xbox one app.

Xbox Console Companion App For Mac Pro

How To Appear Offline On Xbox App In Windows 10?

In the new Xbox app, the privacy settings have been moved online which can be accessed via the browser. However, the setting to appear offline is within the reach of just a few clicks. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Open the Xbox Console Companion app on your Windows 10 device.
  2. On the left sidebar, click on the User icon.
  3. Click on the Appear offline If you open the app in windowed mode, click on More to reveal additional settings, then select Appear offline.

Change Privacy Settings

You can also change the privacy settings to fine-tune your preferences. Follow these steps to appear offline in the Xbox one app:

Xbox Console Companion For Mac

  1. Open the Xbox Console Companion app on your Windows 10 device.
  2. Click on the Settings icon in the left sidebar.
  3. Scroll down to the Privacy section.
  4. Click on the Xbox.com link under the privacy settings.
    This will open the Xbox account settings.

Xbox Console Companion App For Mac

  1. Under Privacy & online safety, scroll down to the Others can:
  2. Find the “See if you’re online (Xbox: Online Status)” setting.
  3. Set it to “Block” to stop others from viewing when you are online and which games you are playing.
  1. Search for “See your game and app history (Xbox: Game History)” option.
  2. Set it to “Block” to prevent people from seeing a list of games you’ve recently played.

Xbox Console Companion App For Mac

  1. Click on Save at the bottom of the page.

Wrapping Up

Xbox Chat On Mac

Note that nobody can see what you are playing when you appear offline. However, people will come to know that you are online if you join their game lobby. When you go offline, your account will stay offline till the time you manually go back online. That being said, now you know how to appear offline on Xbox app for Windows 10. Comment below if you found this useful, and to discuss further the same.

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