Connecting with your friends on different platforms becomes easier for each day. Using the Xbox Game Bar app in Windows 10, you can chat with text or voice during playback sessions through the in-game overlay.
How to access your Xbox Friends List in Windows 10
The Xbox Game Bar gives you access to various chat tools, streaming features, performance statistics and even Spotify. You don't need Alt + Tab between apps.
To chat with your Xbox friends on Windows 10, press the Windows key + G at any time to bring up the Xbox Game Bar. This overlay works while playing a game, and it also works if you only use Windows desktop software.
If it does not appear, make sure that the shortcut command is correct by opening the Start menu> Settings> Games> Game Bar and confirming that the shortcut "Open Game Bar" is set to "Win + G."
When the Xbox Game Bar is open, click the Overlays button in the bar that looks like three horizontal lines. Then select "Xbox Social (Beta)" to open your Xbox friends list. You can add friends from this list by clicking the right button for "Search or add players."
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How to Chat with Xbox Friends in Windows 10
When your Xbox friends list is open, you can double-click any name to open a chat window. From this chat window, you can start a voice call by clicking on the headset icon. You can also add more friends to the chat by clicking the plus (+) icon.
Now that quite a few Xbox and PC games now have platform games, this built-in method of chatting with your Xbox friends while in Windows 10 is particularly useful. Whether you're playing on the Xbox or not, you can chat with your Xbox friends from any Windows 10 computer.