Harmony experience with Xbox One

It's compatible with all Harmony products

Xbox One Xbox One X

Setup

Set up your Xbox One
Setup and configure your Xbox One, install any desired apps such as Netflix or Amazon.
Connect Harmony and Xbox One
Once connected, you'll be able to set up and use Activities which include your Xbox One console.
Disabling the auto power off feature

Xbox One has a power management feature that will turn off your console after a period of inactivity. We recommend Harmony always be used to power on and off your devices and therefore this power management feature should be disabled.

Learn more about how to change the power settings on your Xbox One console.

Add Xbox One to your Harmony setup

  1. Select MENU, then Harmony Setup > Add/Edit Devices & Activities > DEVICES.
Adding from mobile
  1. Select DEVICES and then press the ADD DEVICE button at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Select ENTERTAINMENT DEVICE and enter manufacturer, Microsoft and model number Xbox One.
  1. Select the Devices tab on the left side of the screen.
  2. Select the Add device button.
  3. Enter the manufacturer Microsoft and model number Xbox One.

Creating a Play Game Activity

  1. Select the Activities tab on the left side of the screen.
  2. Select the Add Activity button.
  3. Select the Play a Game Activity type and select Next.
  4. Continue through the series of questions to build your Activity.
  5. Once complete, click Sync in the upper-right corner to update your remote.
  1. Launch the Harmony app and sign into your account.
  2. Select your Harmony remote, followed by DEVICES > ADD DEVICE.
  3. Enter manufacturer Microsoft and model Xbox One.
  4. Finally, sync your remote by selecting SYNC MY REMOTE from settings menu.

Control

Netflix

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Netflix app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, Fast-Forward and Rewind commands work. Netflix allows you to move a frame forward or backward using the direction left and right arrows.

Text entry is possible using the Harmony app.

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Amazon

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Amazon app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, Fast-Forward and Rewind commands work.

Amazon does not permit keyboard text entry and only allows for direction pad navigation of their on-screen keyboard.

YouTube

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the YouTube app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, Fast-Forward and Rewind commands work. YouTube allows you to navigate between videos using the Direction Right and Left commands.

Text entry is possible using the Harmony app.

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Browser

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the web browser.

Media Keys are not used within the Browser app.

Text entry is possible using Harmony Smart Keyboard or Harmony app.

Other apps

The behavior of other apps may vary based on the app's design.

Customize


Adjust the physical buttons on your remote

Harmony has already optimized the buttons on your remote; however you can further customize these buttons depending on your preference.

Add, remove, or rename commands on your remote's screen

Harmony displays commands specific to your Play Game Activity on your remote's screen. You can add, remove, or rename them.

Customize Harmony app buttons

You can view common Xbox One commands on your phone or tablet screen. You can add, remove, or rearrange these commands.

Set your own swipe gestures

By default, swiping up or down on the gestures screen will change volume. There are 22 gestures in total, view and customize them from the app.

FAQs

I'm having trouble connecting Harmony with my Xbox One

Your Xbox One may require a firmware update, Harmony works with Xbox One's system version 6.2.10698 or later.

I need to press a command on my remote more than once for it to work

Microsoft Xbox One requires that IR signals be directed more precisely at the center of the game console. Harmony hub‑based remote users should position a mini-blaster near the Xbox One IR receiver for optimal reception.

If you're having difficulty controlling this device we recommend positioning an IR mini blaster as shown in the diagram below. If you're using an infrared remote such as Harmony 650, be sure to point the remote perpendicular, straight-on to the game console, directed to the center of the device.



XBox One - IR Mini Blaster

Setup

Adding Xbox One to your Harmony setup

  1. Launch the Harmony Express app and tap Edit Setup.
  2. Next, tap + to perform a Wi‑Fi scan, and select your device.
    • If your device isn't found, ensure it's on the same Wi-Fi network as Harmony Express.
    • If you still have issues, reboot your device and router then try again.
  3. Tap Continue and follow the on-screen prompts.
Add Device to Harmony Express

Control

Voice

You can use your voice to send commands such as turn on, turn off, and more. Tap What to say in the Harmony Express app to see sample commands for your device. Launching apps using your voice is not supported for this device.

For more information on how to use your voice with Harmony Express, see: Voice commands on Harmony Express

Remote

Although Harmony has already mapped default commands to your remote buttons, you have the ability to assign custom commands to them. For more information, see: Customizing physical buttons on your remote

Supported apps

Amazon

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Amazon app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work.

Netflix

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Netflix app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work. Netflix allows you to move a frame forward or backward using the direction left and right arrows.

Hulu

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Hulu app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work. Hulu allows you to skip 10 seconds forward or back using the direction left and right arrows.

YouTube

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the YouTube app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work. YouTube allows you to navigate between videos using the Direction Right and Left commands.

Browser

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Browser app.

Media Keys are not used within the Browser app.

Other apps

The behavior of other apps may vary depending on the app's design.

FAQs

My Xbox doesn't turn on when using my voice

Saying "Turn on Xbox" may not always work. We recommend saying "Turn on Xbox One" or "Turn on game console" instead. If you prefer to use "Turn on Xbox", you may do so by changing the name of your console, then unlinking and relinking the Xbox skill.

Integration details

Hub‑based remotes

Harmony Infrared remotes Harmony Express remotes

Harmony Hub pairs and controls Xbox One using IR. Your Harmony Hub and Xbox One require a direct line of sight.

Xbox One is compatible with all IR (infrared) based products. Your Harmony remote and Xbox One require a direct line of sight.

Xbox One may be controlled using infrared (IR) signals that are sent directly from your Harmony remote as well as using your voice after pressing the push-to-talk button.

Select your remote

We need to know which type of remote you have in order to provide you the correct instructions. Please select from one of the options below in order to get started.


 
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