Is It Bad To Leave Xbox One On All Night? (Why It’s Fine)


Everyone loves to game, but is it bad to leave your Xbox One all night? No one wants to damage their console, so I will answer all the questions you might have.

Leaving your Xbox on all night will not break the console, but you run the risk of the console overheating which can damage the system. The Xbox One has an ‘instant on’ mode where it can still download games and updates whilst off for an extended period of time.

You should always turn your Xbox to standby mode whenever you don’t use it, learn more about the instant-on mode and how to activate it in my post.

I will explain how long can you leave your Xbox one on for, how do keep your Xbox One on all night, and if you should unplug your Xbox One when not in use, read on to find out.

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How Long Can You Leave Your Xbox One On?

The Xbox One was designed to have a lifecycle of 10 years by Microsoft and never be turned off. If the Xbox One has good ventilation and can dispel heat it will not overheat. However, when not in use put your Xbox One in standby mode to reduce energy consumption.

Microsoft engineered the Xbox One to have a 10 year life cycle due to the infamous red ring of death failures of the Xbox 360, read more about the longevity of the console in Eurogamers article.

I would not reccomend having your Xbox One switched on all the time, as that’s just asking for heat issues to happen, but playing for 6 hours straight shouldn’t be an issue.

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How To Use Xbox Instant On Mode

To use instant on mode for your Xbox so you can download games and updates whilst in sleep mode do the following

  1. Press the Xbox button  to open the guide and go to settings
  2. Under [General] go to [power mode & startup]
  3. From [Power mode] switch the Xbox to instant-on

How Do I Keep My Xbox One On All Night?

If your Xbox is set to ‘instant-on mode’ it can still download updates and games whilst on standby mode. Then to put your Xbox on standby mode.

  1. Press ‘Guide’ on the controller.
  2. Go to ‘System’ and click on the ‘Settings’ option.
  3. Navigate to ‘Power & Startup’.
  4. Under the ‘Power Options’, you need to highlight the Power mode, and press ‘A’ on your controller.

Should I Unplug My Xbox One When Not In Use?

The Xbox One is designed to be left plugged on in standby mode, for up to 10 years by Microsoft. If the Xbox is unplugged it cannot download and update games in the ‘instant on’ mode on standby.

I have owned both the Xbox One S and the Xbox Series S and always leave my Xbox plugged in. Microsoft designed the console to never be unplugged and always ready to be waken up out of standby with the controller.

There’s no reason to unplug your Xbox outside from a hard ware problem like constant overheating, or your Xbox cannot turn on.

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