How to use xCloud to play Xbox games from your phone

If you subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you can probably now access Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming capabilities and jump right into one of over 150 games – the official launch of Microsoft’s xCloud service today. Many more games will be coming at the end of this quarter as the EA Play game catalog is added.

Let’s review what you need to try for yourself today.

You may already have all the necessary components to make it happen – in any case, on Android. But if you want to try xCloud on an iPhone, the process unfortunately starts and ends here. Apple hasn’t made an exception to have xCloud or any other game streaming service available in the App Store, and it doesn’t look like it will budge.

As my colleague Tom Warren points out, “Apple wants companies like Microsoft to ship their games as individual apps using streaming technology,” and Microsoft doesn’t want to do that, calling Apple’s requirements a “bad experience for customers.”

But assuming you have an Android device, you’ll need these to try it yourself:

  • A subscription to the Microsoft service Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which costs $14.99 per month and also provides a catalog of Game Pass games on both console and PC, as well as Xbox Live Gold for online multiplayer and discounts on games.
  • An Android phone or tablet running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or later and Bluetooth 4.0 or later. You will need such a device to download the application from the Google Play Store. As mentioned earlier, Apple is currently taking a tough stance on not allowing any cloud game streaming services, including xCloud, on the App Store for iPhones.
  • A compatible controller to connect to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth or USB. Regarding connecting over USB, you should be able to use a micro USB to USB-A cable with an OTG adapter (which DualShock 4 and Xbox wireless controllers use)micro USB, USB-C) to fit your phone’s charging port. The Bluetooth-ready Xbox One wireless controller will work just fine if you add a phone clip, but be aware that the old one, which has shiny plastic next to the shoulder buttons, doesn’t support Bluetooth.
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(You can also try one of the recently announced xCloud ready controllers. PowerA’s MOGA XP5-X, 8Bitdo SN30 Pro for Xboxor Razer Kishi for Xbox, each with a clip or other spot for your phone. The Xbox Elite Gen 2 controller will work just like the Xbox Series S/X controllers that some lucky buyers got their hands on.

Microsoft is trying to adapt the on-screen touch controls for some of its games when a controller isn’t available, but this feature is initially limited. Minecraft Dungeons currently supports and more like games Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and Gears 5will get in the future.

  • Finally, a fast Wi-Fi or cellular connection. Microsoft recommends connecting to your router via a 5GHz Wi-Fi signal, but whether you’re at home or connected to an LTE or 5G tower, you should have a download speed of at least 10 Mbps for a good experience. You can check your download speeds at

Now that you have everything you need to try xCloud, here’s how to do it in the Xbox Game Pass app.

Download the Xbox Game Pass app

Before xCloud was officially released, the feature was limited to: beta version The Game Pass app on Android. This is no longer the case, so if you search for “Game Pass” in the Play Store on your phone, be sure to scroll down. stable non beta version it doesn’t have a white background as its icon (this is beta).

Make sure you download the app with a green background.

Connect a controller via Bluetooth or USB

As mentioned earlier, there are several compatible controllers that you can connect to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth. If you’re using Microsoft’s official Xbox controller with Bluetooth support or Sony’s DualShock 4, here’s how to connect them. Alternatively, you can connect a controller via USB. If you don’t have a connected connection before starting a game, the app will prompt you to do so.

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It’s also a good idea to get a clip to mount your phone to your controller for easy viewing. PowerA offers a $14.99 model Connecting to Microsoft’s Xbox wireless controller with Bluetooth support. Some controllers include one that is purchased separately.

Launch the app and start a game

When you sign in with your Microsoft account, you must tap or select the “cloud” option below the top of the app where it shows a highlighted game.


Once this is selected, every game you see below should be available to play directly from your phone or tablet. Go ahead and click one, then click “Play” on the next screen as seen below. It will take a few minutes for your device to start the game, but once it starts, your save data will automatically sync with your progress on your Xbox One and PC if you’ve already started the game there.

Microsoft xCloud

Update, September 15: More context has now been added as xCloud officially launches today.