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How To Update Xbox? [All Models]

Learn how you can update your console online and offline.

There are two basic methods on how to update Xbox to eliminate Xbox errors, glitches, or temporary bugs. Besides, timely console updating gives you access to the latest features and enhances compatibility.


Key Takeaways

  • You can update your Xbox console in two ways; online and offline.
  • Use an empty USB formatted as NTFS to avoid losing data.
  • For online updates, we recommend choosing a wired internet connection over WiFi so the installation can occur without hindrances.

Methods To Update Xbox

Updating Xbox consoles is our team’s tried and tested method to troubleshoot the system and in-game errors that negatively affect the gaming experience.

WARNING: Ensure a steady power supply to the console during the update installation. A power loss during the process can cause the Xbox to malfunction.

Xbox 360

There are two ways to update your Xbox 360. We prefer the online method since it is quicker and more convenient. On the other hand, you can also resort to offline updates if there are network issues.

Online Update

Run an online update using these steps:

  1. Press the Guide button.
  2. Head to Settings > System > Network Settings > Wired Network.
    Select Wired Network
    Wired Network (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  3. Now, Test Xbox Live Connection.
    Test xbox live connection
    Test Connection (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  4. Hit Yes. Let the scanning complete, again, choose Yes.
  5. The console will start Downloading Updates From Xbox Live.
Tip: We prefer connecting to the internet via a wired connection using an “Ethernet Cable” for smoother updates. 

Also Read: How To Turn Off Xbox Controller On PC? [Answered]

Offline Update

Get an empty USB with at least 6GB space to carry on a hassle-free installation of system updates. You might lose any existing data you have on the USB.

Format USB

This is how you can format a USB to NTFS:

  1. Attach a USB to your computer.
  2. Come to Desktop > This PC.
  3. Right-click on the USB folder > Format.
    Format Option For USB
    Format Option (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  4. In the File System box, set NTFS. Keep the Allocation Unit Size as 4096 Bytes.
  5. Hit the Start button.
    Format USB To NTFS
    Format USB (Image By Tech4Gamers)
Install OU1 File

The steps to download OSU1 are mentioned below:

  1. Go to Xbox Support > Expand Step 1: Download The Offline System Update File > Download the OSU1 File.
    Download OSU1 File In Computer
    Download OSU1 File (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  2. Extract the ZIP file once installed > Copy the extracted folder into the USB.
    Copy File to the USB
    Copy File (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  3. Plug out the USB and connect it to your Xbox console.
Update The System Software

Finally, install the offline updates with these instructions:

  1. Completely turn off your Xbox.
  2. Altogether, hold the Bind+Eject buttons > Press the Power button.
  3. Release the two buttons after two beep sounds.
  4. In Troubleshoot > Offline System Update.
    Offline System Update In troubleshoot
    Offline System Update (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  5. Updating should start. 

Xbox One/ Xbox Series X/ Xbox Series S

Because all these Xbox models have a similar interface, you can use the same steps to run a software update on each, whether online or offline.

Online Update

Updating your Xbox consoles online becomes easier with these instructions:

  1. Come to Xbox Homescreen > Hit Guide button on the controller.
  2. Navigate to Profile And System > Settings > System.
  3. Select Updates And Downloads/Updates > Update Console > Start Update.
    Start Update Option
    Start Update (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Offline Update

We formatted the USB the same way as prescribed in the section above and installed the OSU1 File. This helped us get on with the offline update, plus many others also found the method useful, as noted in the comments of a YouTube video by Sthetix.

Also Read: How To Connect A Bluetooth Speaker To Xbox Series X?

How To Update Original Xbox One?

It might be a bit complicated to update the Original Xbox One compared to the other models we discussed. However, the process we used on our console is simple and effective, as recommended on the official Xbox Support page.

Verify The Current OS Version

Start with noting down your OS version:

  1. Access Settings > System > Console Info.
  2. Note the OS Version and write it down somewhere.

Match The OS Build

In case the current build on your Xbox matches with any of the following, download the OSU1 File and perform an update once. 

  • 6.2.11791.0 (xb_rel_1411.141114-2300) fre
  • 6.2.12521.0 (xb_rel_1503.150305-1449) fre
  • 6.2.12998.0 (xb_rel_1506.150601-2200) fre
  • 6.2.13326.0 (xb_rel_1508.150810-2029) fre
  • 6.2.13332.0 (xb_rel_1508.150903-2141) fre
  • 10.0.10586.1006 (th2_xbox_rel_1510.151107-2322) fre
  • 10.0.10586.1016 (th2_xbox_rel_1510.151118-2147) fre
  • 10.0.10586.1024 (th2_xbox_rel_1510.151203-1909) fre
  • 10.0.10586.1026 (th2_xbox_rel_1510.151217-1035) fre
  • 10.0.10586.1100 (th2_xbox_rel_1602.160210-2122) fre
  • 10.0.10586.1194 (th2_xbox_rel_1603.160317-1900) fre

For the build 6.2.9781.0, update Xbox with the OSU2 File. In addition, download the OSU3 File and perform software updates using it if the OS Version does not match any of the abovementioned ones.

Download OSU2 And OSU3 Files
OSU2 And OSU3 Files (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Offline Update

The number of updates the console requires depends on which OSU file you have downloaded: 

  1. Download OSU3 on the computer and transfer it to the USB.
  2. Connect this USB to the console and run an “Offline Update.”
  3. Next, remove the USB from the Xbox once the update is finished.
  4. Again, connect the USB to the computer and delete the existing OSU3.
  5. Download OSU2 and update the console using the same process.
  6. Repeat this for OSU1 to perform the third and final update.

Also Read: How To Clear Cache On Xbox?

When Should You Update Your Xbox? 

Certain occasions call for an Xbox update, for instance;

  • Glitches or bugs in the system.
  • Occurrence of Xbox or profile errors.
  • Problems with the appearance of Xbox themes or your profile avatars.
  • Issues with game performance or slower loading times.
  • Unable to detect Xbox controller or other external devices.
  • Screen freezes, system crashes, or lags.
Tip: Keeping your console up-to-date makes things run smoothly.

What Are The Benefits Of Updating Xbox?

Several benefits come with updating your Xbox console, such as it;

  • Improves performance and speed.
  • Better in-game performance and loading times.
  • Eliminates persisting errors or glitches.
  • Enhances console’s compatibility with newer games and apps.
  • Brings a ton of new features, themes, and more.
  • Allows you to access the latest Xbox services.
  • Improves the overall security of your device. 
  • Better graphics and multiplayer experiences.

Also Read: How To Adjust Screen Size On Xbox One? [All Methods]

Does Updating Xbox Resolve Errors?

We have noticed that our Xbox console exhibits unusual performance whenever it has newer updates available we have yet to install. Such errors go away as soon as we perform the software update.

This happens because running these updates clears the faulty cache and other temporary data to remove glitches and errors and improve system performance, as it also did for user Shawn Brink on Windows TenForums.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Update Xbox?

You can update your Xbox console online using the internet or offline via the OSU file and a USB.

How Do I Know If My Xbox Software Is Up-To-Date?

In the “Settings,” open the “System” tab. Then, go to “Updates And Downlods” and notice the “Console Update Status.”

Can I Use My Xbox While It Updates?

You should not press any buttons or turn off the system when updating since doing so may interrupt the installation.


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