Xbox One turns on then off (keeps turning off)

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In some cases, the Xbox One turns off immediately and in some cases after a few seconds. If your console also keeps turning off, you can fix it quickly by following few steps. Remember that there could be multiple reasons why it’s happening with your console. It could be a major hardware issue, faulty cables, and some people have also reported this issue after updating the software. This guide includes all the solutions; make sure you try all of them, and hopefully, one of them will fix the issue. 

How to Fix “Xbox One Turns on Then Off”

As mentioned above, there could be multiple reasons behind this issue; that’s why we have tried to cover all the solutions. First, try all the solutions; if none of them works, you have to contact customer support and get your console fixed by a specialist.

Note: No matter what solution fixes your issue, factory reset the Xbox One; else it might start happening again. 

Solution 1: If Your Xbox One Turns off After Some Time

If your console does not turn off instantly, you can do two things that can fix this issue. 

1.) Factory reset it.

Factory resetting can fix this issue; you can reset your Xbox One without losing your games and apps. Follow the steps below to factory reset it.

Settings > System > Console info > Reset console > Reset and keep my games & apps.

2.) Change power settings

Changing power settings to “Instant-on” mode can fix the issue in some cases. In “Instant-on” mode, the console starts faster, and you can also wake it with your voice.

Select Profile & system > Settings > General > Power mode & start-up, and select Instant-on mode from the dropdown.

Solution 2: Reset the Internal Power Supply

Unplug the console’s power cord and wait for at least 10 seconds before you plug in the cord back. Then press the power button to boot the console. 

Solution 3: Long Press the Power Button

When the Xbox One is off, hold the power button for 10 seconds or more. This method resets the console and it will go into standby mode. Once it’s done, turn on the Xbox one and it might boot normally. 

Solution 4: Keep Trying With the Power Button

Try turning on the Xbox One until it makes a whirring noise; when you hear that noise, press the power button one more time, and it might boot normally. 

Solution 5: Press the Eject Button Repeatedly

Press the eject button 5-10 times in a row; in some cases, it works. If it does not work for you, stop doing it and try another solution.

Solution 6: Use a Different Power Outlet

This booting issue can also happen due to a lack of power. If you are using a power strip connected with more appliances, try using a different power outlet, remove some of the appliances and try turning on the Xbox. 

Solution 7: Remove the USB Devices

Remove all the USB devices before turning on the Xbox One; if you are facing this boot issue after a software update, this method should fix it. Once the console boots normally, you can connect the USB devices and start playing.

Solution 8: Unplug the External HDD

Unplug the external HDD and power up the console. You can also try removing the USB devices and the external HDD, and it might work.

Solution 9: Heat the Console With a Blow Dryer

Use a hairdryer and blow warm air into the vents of the Xbox one. Make sure the air is not too hot, and do it only for 3-5 minutes. If you think it’s too hot, you can take a break and start blowing the air again. If you can open the power brick, you can blow warm air on its heat sync and fan too. When nothing works, this solution does.

Note: If overdone, it can melt important parts and damage your console even more.

Reasons Why Your Xbox One Keeps Turning Off

If you have tried all the solutions mentioned above, your case is most likely to be related to hardware that needs to be fixed by a specialist. Below we have mentioned some common reasons why this issue arises. 

Faulty Power Brick

A faulty power brick can 100% cause booting issues. Try replacing it and see if it fixes the issue. 

Faulty PSU 

The Xbox One requires a larger burst of power on the initial boot; a faulty PSU may not be able to do that; thus, the console turns off instantly. 

Liquid on Motherboard

If you have spilled liquid on your Xbox One, it may have reached the motherboard and has damaged it. This is not something you can fix on your own unless you are an expert. We recommend contacting Microsft support or visit the nearest service center and get it fixed. 

Console Overheating

If the console is overheating, the console will refuse to turn on and will instantly turn off. To fix this, you just have to wait for some time and boot the console. (Make sure the fans are clean and the vents are not clogged.)



Q. Xbox One beeps but won’t turn on

A. If your Xbox One beeps but won’t turn on, you can try pressing the eject button 5 – 10 times in a row or reset the internal power supply by unplugging the console for 10 – 15 seconds and reconnecting it. 

This issue is pretty big, and we can’t give you the right advice in just one paragraph; that’s why we have written another guide to fix this issue. Read: [Fixed] Xbox One Won’t Turn on but Beeps

Q. Xbox One shuts down suddenly

A. This could be an issue of overheating, make sure the vents are not clogged and try removing all the external devices, and see if it happens again; in some cases, faulty external devices can force the Xbox to shut down suddenly. 

Q. Xbox One shuts off when connecting to WiFi

A. To fix this, follow the steps below: 

  1. Open a web browser.
  2. Log in to the router by entering the default gateway into the address bar of the internet browser. 
  3. Enter the user name and password. 
  4. Select Gateway from the menu and then select Connection, and from the submenu, select WiFi.
  5. Click on Edit on the Network you want to use.
  6. Select the “Show More Security Options” and click on WPA TKIP 
  7. Press Apply and then save. 

Q. Xbox One something happened on our end

A. In most cases, an incomplete system update can trigger this error. To fix this, factory reset your console, and it will download the complete update again. Follow the steps below:

Settings > System > Console info > Reset console > Reset and keep my games & apps.


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  1. Thanks. I was panicking. Worked my butt off today to sit down and play Xbox only to find that it was let turning on. Ended up pressing the on button while holding the eject button a few times and that worked for me. I also power cycled everything multiple times obviously as I was trying to get it going. Thanks.

  2. My xbox one s has ben doing this lately its turns on then instantly turns off iv iv got it to work a few times now and was playing it worked perfectly but it doing it again i just waited few hours and worked idk


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