How to Play Xbox One Games Without the Internet

At first glance, you might assume that there’s no way to play Xbox One games without the Internet. Thankfully, you can because there are times when you’re simply not going to have access to the internet. We’ve all been in situations where online connectivity just wasn’t available for whatever reason.

The Xbox One uses the internet to communicate with Xbox Live and keep your experience running smoothly. Your console checks to make sure that all your games are up-to-date. Xbox Live provides it with any software updates that add new features or improves stability. The two also copy your video game saves to Xbox Live for safe keeping.

It’s true that online role-playing and multiplayer games require an internet connection, but you can play some Xbox One games without the internet. Here’s how to continue your gaming session without a connection.

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

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, for example. Fallout 4 works just fine too. You will need an internet connection to download any software updates or downloadable content that these games get after their launch.

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If a game requires you to pay for Xbox Live Gold to work properly, you won’t be able to play it offline. Destiny, for example, needs to connect to servers. You can’t enjoy it without an internet connection. The Division won’t let you continue playing without an internet connection either.

Xbox games that have both single player and multiplayer experiences split the difference. You can start them up and access their single player without issue. Their multiplayer experiences won’t work. NBA 2K17, Madden NFL 17, Mass Effect Andromeda, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Halo 5: Guardians will all let you enjoy their single player, without their multiplayer elements.

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, install it on your console.

Double tap the glowing Xbox logo on your Xbox One Wireless Controller to bring up the Xbox Guide. The Xbox Guide is a menu that slides out from the right side of our screen.

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Once the menu is open, highlight the Settings area at the bottom.

Now select All Settings from the Settings area.


Your console should take you to the Xbox One Settings app. Select Network from the menu on the left side of your television’s display. It’s the third option from the top of the menu.


Now select Network Settings.


From the Network Settings menu, look for the Go Offline option on the left side of your display. Go ahead and select it.


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

Playing Xbox One games with the internet is an easy way to keep your gaming sessions going when your internet isn’t working.

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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 


  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


  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


  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


  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!


  5. Laura

    02/22/2017 at 2:02 pm

    So0o0o this advice sucks. Won’t work on my limited edition halo 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.


  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


  7. Jimmy Saville

    02/25/2017 at 1:24 pm

    This doesn’t work you lying bastards


  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!


  9. iian

    02/27/2017 at 11:03 pm



  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.


  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


  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.


  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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