How to clean and care for your Xbox console and accessories. Here are some tips on how to keep your Xbox and controllers looking and working great.
If your Xbox console has been louder than usual or the system lags a bit, it might be in need of a clean. Over time the console accumulates dust which can lead to your console’s fans kicking up faster than usual, resulting in increased noise and the risk of overheating. Worst-case scenario, you could end up with a hardware failure.
General cleaning recommendation for all Xbox devices – Ensure you power off and disconnect your Xbox console from the wall before cleaning it. Do not use liquids directly to your console or controllers. Always use a soft lint-free cloth (microfiber cloths work great) dampened with a little bit of mild soap and water or premoistened disinfectant wipes. Clean every 3-6 months or whenever needed.
Here’s what we recommend for cleaning Xbox devices:
- Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, Xbox One: Use a soft cloth dampened with isopropyl alcohol (IPA) solution of 70% or less. Do not use disinfectant wipes.
- Xbox Wireless Controller: Use any of the disinfectant wipes listed above or a soft cloth dampened with an IPA solution of 70% or less.
- Xbox Elite Wireless Controller: Only use a soft cloth dampened with an IPA solution of 70% or less, Formula 409 All-Purpose Cleaner, Windex Glass Cleaner, or Dawn (or other mild dish soap), and water. Do not use disinfectant wipes.
- Xbox Adaptive Controller: Use any of the disinfectant wipes listed above or a soft cloth dampened with an IPA solution of 70% or less.
- Xbox Wireless/Stereo Headset: Use an alcohol prep pad or soft cloth dampened with an isopropyl alcohol (IPA) solution of 70% or less. For any other products, use small amounts of solutions on a soft cloth.
How to clean your Xbox console safely
Tools and requirements for cleaning your Xbox console – Compressed air, microfiber cloths, isopropyl alcohol, low-powered vacuum, a T8 and T10 screwdriver bit.
- Turn off your Xbox console fully, unplugging it from the mains.
- Place the Xbox console on a clean table. Do not place it on a carpet, floor, or rug with long fibers.
- Remove the two white covers at the back of the console, located near your connection ports. Use a T8 screwdriver bit to remove the screws hidden underneath them.
- Once the screws are removed, the bottom casing from your Xbox console will be freed so place it aside on a clean surface.
- Turn your console over and remove the seven green screws, using a T10 screwdriver bit. Push apart the two sides of the white plastic case, allowing you to separate the chassis.
- Use this opportunity to remove any dust from the plastic case. This can be done using compressed air, a low-powered vacuum, a microfibre cloth, or a clean brush. After finishing up, place it to the side.
- Return to the chassis and clear away any dust deposits.
- Once done, reconnect the plastic case to the chassis, placing the screws back in with your T10 and T8 screwdriver bit as previously outlined.
- Reconnect your Xbox console to the mains, and return your console to its prior location.
How often should I clean my Xbox console?
Microsoft suggests cleaning your console every three to six months but in practice, personal circumstances mean this will differ. Everyone has a different home setup, and most consoles don’t usually require much more than a standard dusting.
That said, if you’ve got pets or carpeted floors, dust and hair can accumulate quickly. If your Xbox console fan sounds like an airplane, that’s a good sign that you need to clean your console. Fans will increase in speed to cool your console more effectively, but overdoing this can lead your Xbox console to overheat.