How to factory reset an Xbox Series X

A fresh start.

Xbox Series X

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You often won’t think about needing to factor reset your Xbox Series X until something goes wrong. Maybe you need to give the whole thing a hard reset, or perhaps you plan on selling it and need to wipe all your information and data in one fell swoop. No matter the reason, this guide will show you how to factory reset your Xbox Series X.

It’s actually not that complicated, but it is thankfully hidden behind a few menus so you can’t just do it accidentally. If you want to factory reset your console, follow these quick easy steps to begin the process:

Before you do this, you should be aware that there is no question that asks you if you are sure, so make certain you want to do it before you start the process. 

  1. Press the Xbox Button in the Middle of your Controller and cycle all the way to the left in the new Menu to your Profile.
  2. Click the “Settings” Option
  3. Scroll down to “System”
  4. Click “Console Info”
  5. Click “Reset Console”
  6. Click “Reset and Remove Everything”

After that, you won’t be able to do anything with your console until the process is complete. It will reset all your settings, personal information, credit card, and payment details, remove all your save files, and delete all your games. Any additional apps you have downloaded will be deleted, and all stored information and files will be removed 

When the process is done your console will be factory reset and as good as new.