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Whether you are reselling your Xbox for a new one or giving it away as a gift, the most important step is to factory reset it and wipe your personal data to give space to new ones.
While you might not have the same type of information on your Xbox that you would work on your personal computer or smartphone, it is still an easy thing that you can do in order to protect yourself before you give up your Xbox.
If you haven’t done a factory reset before, check out the step-by-step guide below so you can do it properly.
Options for Resetting Your Xbox
While completely wiping your Xbox is the best practice when you are selling or giving it away, Microsoft gives you ways to remove data from your device.
You can either completely wipe your Xbox or partially wipe your device, according to CNET.
To access both of these options, press the Xbox Button to open the guide and choose “Profile and System.” Under the “Profile and System,” choose “Settings.”
Under “Settings,” choose “System” and then choose “Console Info.”
Under “Console Info,” choose “Reset Console.” After choosing ‘Reset Console,” you will be presented with two options: they are reset and remove everything, and resent and keep your games and app.
If you choose to reset and remove everything, your console will reset via factory settings. Meanwhile, if you reset and keep your games and apps, your console will reset your operating system and keep your games and apps intact.
Resetting and keeping your games and apps is a great option if you are troubleshooting a problem with your console, according to GamesRadar.
If you are selling your Xbox, it is best to reset and remove everything so your Xbox will be reset to factory settings, and your personal information will be deleted from the console.
This process is the same for all Xbox consoles, regardless of which version you want to sell or give away.
Microsoft also lays out how to reset your Xbox through a USB flash drive, but this process is only needed if your Xbox is not displaying on your screen or if you can’t access the settings menu.
Uninstall Games on Your Xbox
When your Xbox console is full, or if you do not want to get rid of all of the games, but there is a particular one that you wish to uninstall, you can do so by going through the following:
As reported by Lifewire, you first need to turn on your console and press the Xbox button on your controller. On the d-pad, press down to highlight “My games and apps” and press the A button to open the menu.
Select “Games” to delete a game or app so you can delete a particular app. Use the D-pad to make sure “Games” is highlighted, and press right on the d-pad so you can use it to highlight the game that you want to uninstall.
Make sure you have highlighted the game that you wish to remove. Press the menu button on your controller and use the D-pad to highlight the “Manage” game.
Next, press the A button to open the “Game Management” screen and highlight “Uninstall All.” Press the A button and highlight “Uninstall All” again.
Written by Sophie Webster