Xbox One can produce some real jaw-dropping experiences, and sometimes you can't help but stop and marvel at your TV screen. Whether you spend a beautiful vista in the game or celebrate a particularly cunning victory in an online multiplayer, you may want to share the moment with everyone and everyone. Thankfully, the process of capturing screenshots on your Xbox One is extremely simple.
Capturing a screenshot with an Xbox One controller
First, press the Xbox button in the middle of your controller – even the large, circular logo button that comes on. This opens the Xbox Guide Menu. Once there, click the "Y" button to immediately take a screenshot. This will save a moment in a game that you can share and see again.
Capture a screenshot with voice commands
If you use a Kinect sensor – the proprietary motion sensor that was once bundled with the Xbox One – simply say "Xbox, take a screenshot." Alternatively, if you are using an Amazon Alexa instead of Kinect's old commands, say "Alexa, take a screenshot!" The latter command works with your Kinect sensor or a headset, provided you have enabled the feature.
To connect Amazon Alexa to the Xbox One, start by going to either alexa.amazon.com or logging into the app on your smart device. Once on the Alexa home page of the app, select Menu > Skills . Search for "Xbox" in the Skills section – the app will be published by Microsoft. Select this app and Microsoft's login page should appear. Use the username and password for the Xbox Live account that you want to connect and verify with Alexa. This will prompt some permissions that players will need to approve and then the links will be connected.
When this is done, go back to the Xbox and open System> Settings . Select Kinect & Devices and open the option Digital Assistance . You will be prompted for your password again, but then you will be asked if you want to enable Digital Assistance. Check the box to allow digital help and return to the home screen. Turn on Alexa and say, "Alexa, pair with the Xbox." Alexa will announce that you can control the gaming system with a voice command!
Note, however, that you will not be able to capture screenshots or videos of the Xbox menu screens. You must also be in a game or app to save recordings or screenshots, and the time you use navigation menus will not be reflected in the resulting video.
Share your screenshots
When you are ready to share the screenshots you have taken, go to the Guide Menu by pressing the Xbox button on the controller. At the end of the guide menu, there are some options to choose from: Screenshot, Record it, Capture options and System options. To open a list of recently captured images, simply press the View button on the controller. Find and select the image you want to share, which opens a Share Panel.
You will be asked for a selection of stores – including Activity Feed, Twitter, OneDrive and Private Messages – to choose from. When it's taken care of, you're done! Your masterpiece will live on forever. You can also set your screenshots as home backgrounds or save them in different locations if your console is connected to an external storage device.