How to Uninstall a Game on Xbox One

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You have a stack of new Xbox One games ready to go, and gigabytes of day one patches to download, but no free space. Time to uninstall some old games!. Pixabay / CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0)

The Xbox One S and Xbox One X both come with a lot of storage space, with options of both 500 GB and 1 TB. That means you have more breathing room than consoles used to provide, but it's still pretty easy to find yourself with an Xbox One hard drive that's totally full. At that point, the only options are to uninstall a game or move some games to an external hard drive.

The nice thing about uninstalling an Xbox One game is that it's a reversible process. So if you find yourself with a stack of brand new Xbox One games that you're dying to play, but the hard drive is already full of older games, there's no need to worry. You're free to reinstall any Xbox One game you delete, since deleting a game doesn't affect your ownership rights.

In fact, the only downside to deleting a game when you own the physical disc is that you lose the time it took to install in the first place. Digital games present a little more of a problem if your internet connection has a monthly data cap, since reinstalling will require you to download the game all over again from scratch.

Does Uninstalling an Xbox One Game Delete Saved Games?

The other main concern involved in uninstalling Xbox One games is that local save data is removed right along with the game files. You can prevent any problems here by copying your save data to external storage, or just moving the entire game to an external hard drive, but Xbox One actually has cloud storage that backs up your save data.

In order for the cloud save function to work, you need to be connected to the internet and signed into Xbox Live. If you get disconnected from the internet or Xbox Live while you're playing, then your local save data might not be backed up. So if you're worried about losing your saved games when you uninstall, make sure to connect to the internet and sign into Xbox Live when you play your games.

How to Uninstall an Xbox One Game

​The basic steps to uninstall a game from an Xbox One are:

  1. Navigate to Home > My games & apps.
  2. Select Games to delete a game or Apps to delete an app.
  3. Highlight the game to delete and select Manage game.
  4. Select Uninstall all.
  5. Confirm the deletion by selecting Uninstall all again

    Note: This will uninstall the game, all add-ons, and delete any save files. To reduce the liklihood of your save data being lost, make sure you were connected to the internet, and signed into Xbox Live, the last time you played the game, and that you remain connected during the uninstall process.

For more detailed information about how to uninstall a game from your Xbox One, including the specific buttons to press at each step, follow the in depth steps below.

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Navigate to My Games & Apps

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Press the Xbox button and navigate to My games & apps. Screenshot
  1. Turn on your Xbox One.
  2. Press the Xbox button on your controller.
  3. Press down on the d-pad to highlight My games & apps.
  4. Press the A button to open My games & apps.
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Choose a Game to Delete

Xbox One Game library
Highlight the game you want to delete, and either uninstall directly or go to the management screen for more options. Screenshot.
  1. Use the d-pad to make sure Games is highlighted.
  2. Press right on the d-pad.
  3. Use the d-pad to highlight the game you want to delete.
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Access the Manage Game Screen

Xbox One game options menu
Select "Manage game" for more in-depth uninstall options, or just select "Uninstall" for a full removal. Screenshot.
  1. Make sure you have highlighted the game you want to delete.
  2. Press the ☰ button on your controller.
  3. Use the d-pad to highlight Manage game.
  4. Press the A button to open the game management screen.
    Note: If you select Uninstall game instead of Manage game, you can immediately uninstall everything. You will not get the option of whether or not to remove add-ons or save data.
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Choose What to Uninstall

Xbox One game management screen
Select "Uninstall all" to remove everything, choose specific add-ons to remove if any are present, or move the game if you have external storage connected. Screenshot
  1. Use the d-pad to highlight Uninstall all.
  2. Press the A button.
    Note: If you have installed any add-ons, you can choose the specific components that you want to uninstall.
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Confirm the Uninstallation

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Once you confirm, the game will be removed immediately. Screenshot.
  1. Use the d-pad to highlight Uninstall all again.
  2. Press the A button.

    Important: If you are connected to the internet, then your save data should be retained in the cloud. In the event that you ever reinstall the game, it should be restored. If you weren't connected to the internet the last time you played the game, the save data may not be safely stored in the cloud.
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Reinstalling an Xbox One Game After Deletion

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Uninstalled games can be reinstalled at any time. Screenshot.

When you delete an Xbox One game, the game is removed from your console, but you still own it. It's more like removing a game disc and setting it on the shelf than removing a game disc and throwing it in the garbage.

That means you are free to reinstall any game you have deleted, as long as you have enough available storage space.

To reinstall an uninstalled Xbox One game:

  1. Navigate to Home > My games & apps
  2. Select Ready to install
  3. Choose a previously uninstalled game or app and select install.
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