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How to Move or Copy Games and Apps Between Storage Devices on Xbox One

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The Xbox One is equipped with a 500 GB or 1 TB internal hard drive depending on which console you purchased. Most of this space is available for storing games and apps, though some is reserved for saved games, console software, and other important system functions.

A triple-A game on Xbox One can use around 20 GB and 40 GB of storage space on a drive. Installing a lot of games can quickly use up the internal drive space of your Xbox One.

If you connected and setup an external storage drive to your Xbox One, you will be able to copy or move games and apps between the Xbox One's internal drive and connected external drive(s).

This tutorial will show you how to manage external storage to move or copy games and apps between storage devices on Xbox One.

Note   Note
Cloud saves let you play games on multiple consoles. If you have more than one Xbox One console, or if you want to play games at a friend's house, you can store your saved games in the cloud (on our Xbox Live servers). This way you can continue playing a game on a different console, right from where you left off.

See: Using Cloud Game Saves | Xbox One




Here's How:

1. While on the Home screen, scroll down and select My games & apps. (see screenshot below)

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2. Select Games or Apps on the left menu for what you want to copy or move, and select the storage device that contains the game(s) or apps(s) you want to move or copy. (see screenshot below)

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3. Highlight a game or app you want to move or copy. (see screenshot below)

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4. Press the menu button on your Xbox One wireless controller. (see screenshot below)

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5. Select Manage game or Manage app. (see screenshot below)

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6. Do step 7 (manage all) or step 8 (manage single) for what you want to do.


 7. To Move or Copy All Games and Apps from Selected Storage Device

A) Highlight the selected storage device to move or copy from. (see screenshot below)

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B) Press the menu button on your Xbox One wireless controller. (see screenshot below)

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C) Select Move all or Copy all for what you want to do, and go to step 9 below. (see screenshot below)

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 8. To Move or Copy Only Selected Game or App from Selected Storage Device

A) Highlight the game or app you want to move or copy. (see screenshot below)

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B) Press the menu button on your Xbox One wireless controller. (see screenshot below)

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C) Select Move or Copy for what you want to do, and go to step 9 below. (see screenshot below)

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9. Select Move, Copy, Move all, or Copy all to confirm. (see screenshot below)
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The option you have here will depend on what you selected in step 7C or step 8C above.


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10. Xbox One will now perform the select action (ex: move). (see screenshot below)

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11. When finished, the game(s) and/or app(s) will be moved or copied to the other storage device (ex: external USB). (see screenshot below)
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This could take a long time to finish depending on how much you selected to copy or move.


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12. If you like, press the Xbox button on your Xbox One wireless controller to go back to the Home screen. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn