Why Does My Xbox One Turn On by Itself?
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Seeing your Xbox One Xbox One X vs. Xbox One S vs. Xbox One: What Are the Differences? Xbox One X vs. Xbox One S vs. Xbox One: What Are the Differences? Got your eye on the new Xbox One X? Find out how it's different from the Xbox One S and original Xbox One and see which one is best for you. Read More turn on randomly? This could be happening from several different causes. While it can be a bit hard to diagnose, we have several elements to check to pin down why this is happening. Try each of them and you should be able to stop it.

Why Does My Xbox One Turn On by Itself?

Check the following settings and elements if your Xbox One turns on by itself:

  • Wipe down the front of your console near the Xbox logo power toggle.
    • Since the Xbox One doesn’t have a physical power button, its capacitive button triggers when touched. A bit of grime, your pet’s tail, or even a static discharge can turn the system on inadvertently.
  • If you have a Kinect Microsoft Kills the Kinect for Xbox One Microsoft Kills the Kinect for Xbox One Microsoft has stopped making the Kinect, the gaming accessory that looked, at one point, like it might represent the future of gaming. Because gamers have moved onto bigger and better things. Read More , saying Hey Cortana, Xbox on or Xbox on will turn on your system with voice commands. It’s finicky, so you may be turning on your system by accident with a similar phrase.
    • You can disable this by visiting Settings > Power & startup > Power mode & startup and disabling Wake up Xbox by saying “Hey Cortana, Xbox on.”

  • Pressing the Xbox button on a controller will turn the system on. Thus, your controller could be faulty.
    • Try removing the batteries from your controller to test this.
  • With some Samsung TVs, turning on your TV may also turn on your Xbox.
  • Try plugging your Xbox into another outlet, or directly into the wall if you have it plugged into a power strip.
  • Restart your Xbox by holding the Xbox power button on the front of the system for about 10 seconds. Then unplug the Xbox’s power supply for another 10 seconds.
  • Make sure you’ve applied all Xbox system updates.

Chances are that one of these is causing your console to turn on by itself, and it’s probably not haunted! Check out more useful Xbox One settings 10 Useful Xbox One Settings You May Have Missed 10 Useful Xbox One Settings You May Have Missed If you've got an Xbox One, you should know about these useful settings hidden in your console. Here are ten you can use to tweak the Xbox to your liking. Read More for additional tweaks.

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Did one of these solutions fix your Xbox turning on by itself? Which one was the fix? Tell us in the comments and leave your solutions if none of the above worked!

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  1. Debra
    May 17, 2018 at 4:32 am

    None of these worked!

  2. Aiden Brister
    May 8, 2018 at 9:09 am

    I also notice that if you have a wired controller or steering wheel like me plugged in, the power goes to the xbox which powers the controller thus tricking it's system to think it is actually turned on which is a bit of an error.

  3. Paul Merrifield
    March 6, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    "With some Samsung TVs, turning on your TV may also turn on your Xbox.
    This is due to an option named HDMI-CEC or similar on your TV. Turning this off should keep your Xbox from turning on with your TV."

    I turned this feature off on my Samsung TV and now I will see if it works.
    I'll let you know :)

    • Paul Merrifield
      March 21, 2018 at 3:44 pm

      It came on this morning at 4am.
      Nobody including Microsoft has an answer it seems.

      • JJ
        March 22, 2018 at 1:53 am

        My xbox one turned on at 3:03 and no awners of what they gave me is relevant to my xbox.

    • Paul Merrifield
      March 21, 2018 at 8:52 pm

      My last option now as I've tried every suggestion posted here is to plug Xbox power cord into the wall all by itself and not to a power bar.
      If this works, it leaves the unit vulnerable to surges that would have been prevented by the expensive power bar/surge protector I had been using.
      And if I just leave the Xbox unplugged all the time to prevent it coming on by itself, I have to redo a bunch of settings when I do power it up.
      Or I could just set the power options so it turns off by itself after one hour of it starting all by itself.
      This is crazy. I wish I had gone PC.

  4. billy
    March 6, 2018 at 4:05 am

    idk about all that. 9pm on the dot 2 weeks apart.

    • Paul Merrifield
      March 6, 2018 at 5:47 pm

      Amazing! In my experience it comes on so randomely that it suggests some sort of spying or hacking. Something is intentional here I'm suspecting.

      • Kitty_Katt
        August 8, 2018 at 9:22 pm

        I agree! My son's Xbox One has been turning on by itself at least 2x a week, totally random times for 6 months. Nothing has worked and Microsoft just directs me to the troubleshooting ideas similar to what's shown here.