How To Make Xbox Download Faster (Ultimate Guide)

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We all would like our Xbox to download faster to give us more time to actually play the games we love.

In this comprehensive guide, we will give you all of the information that you need in order to get your Xbox downloading at the fastest speed possible.

This article applies to: Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox One X, Xbox Series S & Xbox Series X

Here are some tips on how to make Xbox download fast:

  1. Restart your Xbox
  2. Reset your Router
  3. Disconnect other devices in your home from the internet
  4. Close games or apps that are running
  5. Update your Xbox software before downloading
  6. Close the games you are playing
  7. Use an Ethernet cable rather than a WIFI
  8. Download one game at a time
  9. Upgrade your Internet Connection
  10. Upgrade your Router
  11. Contact Xbox support

Scroll down to follow a more detailed guide on how to work through these steps and increase the download speed of your Xbox console.

1. Restart your Xbox

The first step I would take is restarting your Xbox through a full shutdown. The full shutdown is vital especially if you have “Instant On” or Rest Mode activated.

The reset will clear the system cache and any lingering apps or games running in RAM. In order to get the highest possible download speeds, you want a fresh Xbox boot that doesn’t have background apps and games affecting the bandwidth or response time of your Xbox.

By reducing the number of apps and games running in the background, you give the download a clear uninterrupted path to download the files needed.

How to Restart your Xbox

Step 1: Acess the Xbox Menu

PRESS & HOLD the Xbox button in the middle of your Xbox controller.

xbox series x - xbox menu button

Step 2: Select RESTART when the menu appears.

xbox reset menu

2. Reset your Router

This is one of the oldest tricks in the book but it is definitely effective in giving you a faster and more responsive internet connection.

How do I reset my router?

The easiest way to reset your router is to simply unplug it from the wall socket for 30 seconds before plugging it back in.

Unplug your router to increase Xbox download speed

This action will “power-cycle” your router and provide more bandwidth to increase your ability to download faster on your Xbox console.

Why does resetting your router improve Xbox download speed?

Think of all the devices that are and have been connected to the router. I’m sure that in today’s digital world that quite a few devices are connected to the router.

Your router is like a mini-PC and will slow down as more tasks are added.

Having all of those devices connected will reduce the bandwidth available to your Xbox console and subsequently throttle your download speed.

3. Disconnect other devices in your home from the internet

If you are unable to reset your router for any reason, I would try and disconnect none essential devices from the internet.

Is someone in your home watching Netflix? What about your phone?

Every device that you can disconnect from your internet connection will help your Xbox download faster.

4. Close games or apps that are running

If you have followed our first step of restarting your Xbox, then this step would have been completed for you otherwise please continue in closing any running apps or games.

How does having open games and apps prevent my Xbox from downloading faster?

Imagine your internet connection to your Xbox like an artery in your body. The more games and apps that are running are like blockages in your arteries, sorry for the weird analogy!

Those blockages impede your ability to download at speed. If your current download is important to you then clear those arteries so the blood (internet speed) can flow!

How to close active Xbox Games

Step 1: Acess the Xbox Menu

Press the Xbox button in the middle of your Xbox controller.

xbox series x - xbox menu button

Highlight the game that you want to close

xbox menu

Go through the list of games displayed on this menu and quit them.

To quit a game, highlight it and press the menu button.

Xbox controller menu button

You will now see an additional menu appear where you can select QUIT GAME.

Xbox menu quit game

5. Update your Xbox software before downloading

This is a big one that is often missed, Microsoft is excellent at providing software updates to your Xbox that improve its performance and features.

If you want the ability to download at the fastest speeds then please update your Xbox software!

Microsoft has actively been increasing the ability for users to download quicker, so if you have not updated the Xbox software, you may be experiencing slower download speeds.

6. Close the games you are playing

Some people choose to enjoy some games whilst the download progresses in the background. The purpose of this article however is to get your Xbox downloading faster!

Close any games that you have running to increase your download speed.

Why does playing games slow down your Xbox download speed?

It is more and more common for games to be predominately online focussed and to also require an internet connection to play.

Games will need to use your internet connection to communicate with servers and download resources as you play.

If you are actively playing games whilst downloading then this need to communicate servers and download assets will negatively impact the download speed on Xbox.

7. Use an Ethernet cable rather than a WIFI

This is another quicker downloads 101. It is almost always true that when you use an Ethernet (Wired Connection) rather than WIFI, you will get a better download speed.

Wired connections transmit data quicker and with less interference. There are also fewer variables that can hinder the quality of connection.

WIFI connections are slower and generally have a slower response time. The distance from your Xbox along with walls, floor, and ceilings can all deteriorate the quality of your internet connection thus giving you slower downloads.

I always use a wired connection when it is available and you should too!

8. Download one game at a time

If you have multiple downloads activated within your Xbox dashboard then your internet connection will be shared between them thus reducing your download speed.

You should prioritize the item that you want to download first and pause any other downloads to ensure the fastest download speed possible.

9. Upgrade your Internet Connection

Not everyone has access to high download speed through their ISP (Internet Service Provider) but for those that do, consider upgrading your internet connection.

It is pretty straightforward that a 100mbps connection will have a slower download rate over a 1gbps connection.

10. Upgrade your Router

This option will not apply to everyone but for some gamers, the router could be the bottleneck in their home network that is preventing their Xbox from downloading faster.

If you have consistently upgraded your internet speed through your ISP but are still using an older router, you may wish to check what the maximum download speed of your router is.

It’s all good having a 1gbps connection but if your router can only download at 100mbps then you’ve got yourself a massive bottleneck and a solid explanation as to why your Xbox isn’t downloading at a faster rate.

11. Contact XBOX Support

If you have tried all of the tips above and nothing has worked, then you can contact Xbox Support for further assistance.

Xbox download speed FAQ

Why would you want your Xbox to Download Fast?

There are a lot of reasons why having a fast download speed is awesome.
Game updates and releases are only getting bigger in file size, by following the tips in this guide, you can spend more time playing and less time waiting!

Why does my Xbox download slow?

As covered above, the number culprit of an Xbox with a slow download speed is a lack of optimization or an overcrowded home network.
Disconnect other devices, stop other downloads, stop playing games and reset your router.


If you have followed the guide then we almost guarantee that your ability to download faster on Xbox has increased.

We hope that you enjoy a faster download speed on your Xbox.

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