Clear up some space on your Xbox One hard drive for the latest games

Five years into the life cycle of the Xbox One, storage space has become a valuable commodity. The base model’s 500GB drive doesn’t seem quite so spacious when your “Ready to Install” list is packed with AAA games that can take up more than 50GB — and almost double that if you’re downloading 4K-compatible games on an Xbox One X. We’ll tell you how to delete games on an Xbox One so you have more room for all your new titles.

Unless you’ve invested in an external drive to increase your console’s storage capacity, you’ve probably experienced the feeling that comes when you are forced to delete one of your games to make room for another. If not, the first time can be a harrowing — and confusing — experience. To help you out, we assembled this handy guide on how to delete and reinstall your content. It won’t make picking which games to eradicate from your drive any easier, but it will tell you which buttons to press to do so.

Step 1

From the Xbox One home screen, press the Xbox Button > My Games & Apps.

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Step 2

Highlight the title of the game you would like to remove from your hard drive and press Menu on your controller. (That’s the Start button, for most players.)

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Step 3

Select Uninstall from the pop-up menu that appears.

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An uninstalling note

You’ll be able to see some details about the game, including the file size and a link to the game’s page in the Xbox Store. You can choose to move the data if you have another storage device connected. Alternatively, you can choose to copy it or uninstall it entirely. Choose Uninstall All, and you will remove the entire game from your hard drive. This includes DLC and any extra content the game may incorporate.

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Reinstalling deleted games

In order to reinstall a deleted game, head back to My Games & Apps > Full Library > All Owned Games. That will show all of your purchased games, even the ones you’ve previously uninstalled. To reinstall a title, select the appropriate one so it’s highlighted and click Install. A progress counter will pop up on the bottom left corner of the screen that will tell you your current download speed and how much time is remaining.

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You’re also able to install all content for the specified game at once via the Install All option. Keep in mind that there’s no reinstalling saved data once you delete it. Once removed, that data is lost forever. The obvious exception is if you connected to the internet before deleting the data. In that case, it will reinstall from the cloud whenever you choose to reinstall or re-download the game.

If you want to share games on the Xbox One, our handy guide walks you through it step-by-step.

The Xbox One doesn’t have as much storage space as we’d like. But like any other 500GB device, you can enhance your gaming experience by prioritizing what you keep on the hard drive. Uninstalling, reinstalling, and backing up games via the cloud makes the most of the platform’s limited capacity. Cloud backup lets you add, delete, and rearrange as much as you need to without worrying about losing data.

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