How to Play Xbox One Games Without the Internet

Don’t get frustrated by error messages and games that don’t work. You can play Xbox One games without the internet, but only if you plan ahead.

There’s nothing more frustrating than loading your Xbox One with games that you think you can play online and getting an error code once you’re away from the internet. Two settings allow you to play Xbox One games without internet access so that doesn’t happen. There are situations when you want to game but can’t connect to Xbox Live. What if you are on vacation and just want to finish a single player game that you started? What if your internet access isn’t working correctly and you just want to enjoy some time away from your friends and family?

Here’s how to play Xbox One games without internet .

Read: How to Fix Stuck Xbox One Game Installs

What You Need to Know Before Playing Xbox One Games Without the Internet

Before you get too excited about playing games without internet access, there are some caveats about playing Xbox games offline that you need to know about.

First, only single-player Xbox One games and titles with cooperative play are playable without the internet. Batman: Arkham Knight only has a single player experience, so that game would work fine without an internet connection. Fallout 4 would work just fine too. Destiny 2, for example, needs to connect to servers. You can’t enjoy it without an internet connection.

Xbox games that have both single player and multiplayer experiences split the difference. You can access their single player without issue. Their multiplayer experiences won’t work though. NBA 2K18, Madden NFL 18, Mass Effect Andromeda, Call of Duty: World War 2 and Halo 5: Guardians all let you enjoy their single player away from Xbox Live, but disable multiplayer.

Playing Xbox One Games Without the Internet

Begin by installing every Xbox game you’d like to play without the Internet. It doesn’t matter if the game came on a disc or you purchased it from the Xbox Store. Note that downloading digital games can take hours, so make sure you give yourself enough time to get all the games you want to play away from the internet downloaded and installed.

Next, you need to set the console you’re looking to play games on as your Home console. Press the Xbox logo on your controller to open the Xbox Guide.

Use the joystick on your controller to select the Settings cog in the top-right corner of the Xbox Guide.

Select Settings from the pop-up menu.

Welcome to the Settings app. Select Personalization from the menu on the right side of your display. It’s the second option from the top of the list.

Select My Home Xbox in the center of your screen.

At the bottom of your screen is a button that has either of two messages. If the console is already your Home Xbox, this button will say “This isn’t My Home Xbox.” Don’t do anything else on this screen if that’s the message you see. The button says “Make This My Home Xbox” if you haven’t set the Xbox you’re on to be your Home console. Select that button if you see it.

Now it’s time to disconnect your console from the internet for offline play. Press the button on your controller to go back to the Settings menu.

Now select Network from the menu on the left.

Select Network Settings.

Select Go Offline.

At this point, your console will stop trying to connect to Microsoft’s servers and the internet. All your game saves will stay on your console’s internal hard drive until the next time you connect to Xbox Live. Again, multiplayer mode and games that require servers won’t work without an internet connection.

Be careful when unlocking Achievements. The Xbox One only has a limited cache for storing Achievements that you’ve unlocked. As such, Microsoft recommends that users connect their console to Xbox Live periodically to avoid losing Achievements they unlocked while their console was offline. Unfortunately, the company doesn’t reveal how many Achievements the console can store.

Read: 31 Xbox One Tips for a Better Experience

8 Best Free Xbox Games: January 2018

Warframe

Warframe

Many free-to-play games revolve around strategy or civilization building. Warframe is one of the free Xbox games that you can download now that doesn’t. It’s a third-person shooter.

The Tenno have just awoken after centuries of sleeping in stasis. Warframe takes its name from the suits that the Tenno use to do battle with the game’s other races. There’s the Greiner, who are clones of humans. The Corpus belong to a technology company with lots of robotic innovation at their disposal. Sentients consist of an alien race that’s back to do battle.

Warframe features both player-vs-player combat and a single player experience.

Download Warframe from the Xbox Store 

14 Comments

  1. Brent

    01/02/2017 at 2:07 pm

    Your product sucks, make it almost impossible to play with out Internet, returning it tomorrow and getting ps4

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  2. Shannon

    01/16/2017 at 2:24 pm

    Did all this saved as my home Xbox and still can’t get on have 2 very upset boys Have saved games. & 2 actual disc games & can’t do anything

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  3. tom

    02/09/2017 at 4:39 am

    the xbox sucks my g son buy many games caqnt play unless conected to internet why why why he onlly wan play the games ti try to disconect from interney it still not play its rubbish thats all it says need internet its a big laugh try many times same thig happen

    Reply

  4. Derek

    02/17/2017 at 12:29 am

    Leaving for a weekend trip with no internet, tried this so I could play resident evil 7 and it seems to be working! Thank you!

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  5. Laura

    02/22/2017 at 2:02 pm

    So0o0o this advice sucks. Won’t work on my limited edition halo console..my internet crashed, router f’d up and now I’m stuck without crap to do on this blizzardy day. Upgrade my ass! Never should have traded in my 360.

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  6. Leonard

    02/23/2017 at 10:26 pm

    Xbox one suck add u have to update everything and with out internet u can’t do shit going back to ps4 Xbox needs to fix this shit

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  7. Jimmy Saville

    02/25/2017 at 1:24 pm

    This doesn’t work you lying bastards

    Reply

  8. iian

    02/27/2017 at 10:59 pm

    xbox one sux…have it for a week never played it once and it used up all my internet data for updates and loading…cant return the bloody thing because its opened…cant sell it, no one wants it. you need to be stupid rich to own this POS!
    Whose dumb idea was it to invent such a dumbass console. XOBOX ONE….SUX!

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  9. iian

    02/27/2017 at 11:03 pm

    IF YOU THINKING ABOUT BUYING AN XBOX ONE…..DONT!

    Reply

  10. Ron

    03/04/2017 at 5:17 am

    Single most frustrating game console ever. Half the time it wants to connect to Xbox live even after you change to offline play. Kids are constantly fighting the system. Major waste of money, so disappointing. It’s the Windows 8 of gaming.

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  11. Jowil

    03/11/2017 at 5:32 am

    guys help me… i have xbox one i have cd but i cant play offline.. and am online i cant play without cd.. useless

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  12. Alvin

    03/11/2017 at 6:16 am

    I bought it this console and several original game CD for my son, but can’t play at all, needs internet connection. Gosh now I kept for display at cabinet.NO USE!! Terrible experience for this suck product, plan to buy PS4. Xbox trash on garbage bin.

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  13. Nathan Williams

    03/28/2017 at 12:46 pm

    I’ve done this an I still can’t play any games off line this sucks shouldn’t need WiFi to play ur game especially when u can’t afford WiFi

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  14. JOSh

    01/04/2018 at 2:42 pm

    This is completely false. Being a home console and going to go offline basically turns your console into a paper weight. What a complete joke. Unless you have a disc. MS makes you verify your license to stuff you bought in the store by connecting to the internet. To say that you can play stuff offline is false and this article is extremely misleading and false. Bunch of Xbots on this site I guess.

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