We are reader supported. External links may earn us a commission.


iPhones and iPads can now stream games from an Xbox One via Microsoft’s new app

By Nadeem Sarwar October 19, 2020, 8:59 pm

The status of xCloud game streaming service’s arrival of on iPhones and iPads is still in limbo, with App Store policies providing to be the bone of contention between Microsoft and Apple. However, there is now another way you can enjoy Xbox games on your iPhone and iPad without worrying about any tussles. That new way is Micorosft’s new Xbox app, which enables remote play from your Xbox One console to an iPhone or iPad. This capability was rolled out widely on the Android platform last month, and is now finally making its way to the iOS platform.

No xCloud, no problem!

To stream console games straight on your iPhone or iPad, you need to connect it with your Xbox One and must have a stable connection with over 10Mbps downlink speed. Now, you need to pair the Xbox Wireless Controller with your iPhone or iPad over Bluetooth. You can find complete step-by-step instructions in the Xbox app itself, or you can visit the official support page for more information. Here’s how the feature looks in action:


All games installed on your Xbox One console – including the Xbox Game Pass titles – can be played on an iPhone or iPad without any further downloads required. Just pair it, link the controller, and you’re good to go. In addition to streaming games from your console to a mobile device, the new Xbox app also allows you to stay in touch with your gaming buddies, share game clips on social media, and get notifications for game invites, party chat, and more.

You still need an Xbox One console to enable remote play on your iPhone

However, do keep in mind that Xbox Remote Play is different from xCloud. The new Xbox app only allows remote play, which means you need an Xbox One console on which games are downloaded to stream them on your iPhone or iPad. xCloud, on the other hand, will let you play Xbox games anywhere on your iPhone or iPad, even over cellular networks and without having to pair it with a console. However, you will need an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or Xbox Live Gold membership to enjoy Xbox games on your mobile device even if you don’t own a console. 


Latest Articles


Here's how the Apple iPod changed the world in 21 years

iPod was an industry-changing device at its time, and it had a massive impact on modern smartphones, and the way we listen to music. We take a last look at the now-discontinued Apple iPod and the history it leaves behind.

By Roland Udvarlaki May 11, 2022, 10:00 am

How to use Mic Modes in VOIP and FaceTime Calls

This guide will go over the steps you need to follow to activate one of the available Mic Mode settings on Apple Devices to begin using the feature and improve your calling experience.

By Aryan Suren May 10, 2022, 10:00 am

This iPhone 14 feature might urge users to upgrade

Until now, it appeared that iPhone 14 would only be a minor upgrade over the iPhone 13 series. However, a new leak suggests that the iPhone 14 will come with one feature that might urge users to upgrade.

By Sanuj Bhatia May 9, 2022, 5:00 am