How to use Your iPhone to Change Channels on Your Xbox One

Xbox One SmartGlass on iPhone

The Xbox One is more than just a competent video game console. The original vision that Microsoft shared with watchers of its Xbox Revealed event put music and video entertainment on the same level as gaming. Mostly, all of this relies on the Xbox One’s Kinect 2 sensor and the HDMI pass-through port built into the back of the console. Using voice commands makes changing channels on the Xbox One easy, but what if you’re in a room where staying quiet is a must? What if you need to change the volume or turn to ESPN without reaching for the Xbox One controller on the other side of the room. That’s where Xbox One SmartGlass comes in. Here’s how to use your iPhone to change channels on your Xbox One.

Before we begin. You’ll need a couple of different things for this to work.

The most important of these things is the Xbox One itself. You’ll to have the correct Xbox One bundle to take advantage of these television features. More specifically, you’ll need to have purchased the $499 Xbox One bundle or a $399 Xbox One bundle and a Kinect 2 sensor separately. If you didn’t purchase the $499 Xbox One bundle that’s ok. Microsoft says it has plans to sell the sensor separately at some point in the future. Though, how much it’ll eventually cost remains unclear.

You’ll need the username and password of the Microsoft Account you set up your console with as well. Microsoft Accounts are also used on Windows 8 tablets, desktops and laptops, Outlook.com and Windows Phone smartphones. Unless you’re completely locked out of your Microsoft Account there’s absolutely no need to go and create another. The Microsoft Account you use in the SmartGlass app on your iPhone definitely needs to match the Microsoft Account being used on your Xbox One.

Finally, you’ll need the SmartGlass up on your iPhone. You can download it from the iTunes App Store. It’s absolutely free and it’s made by Microsoft, not some third-party app maker who you might not be able to trust. That Xbox One needs to be connected to a network, and not just any network will do. Xbox One SmartGlass allows users to check for featured games and television shows. Users can even check their Xbox Live account’s messages from wherever they are. Unfortunately, for Xbox One SmartGlass to let you to change your television set you’ll need to be connected to the same network as your Xbox One.

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