How To Restart Games On Xbox [Simple Fix]

Suffering from an error with your game? Try rebooting it before trying other fixes!

Restart games to fix temporary errors, as it takes little time and is super simple once you get the hang of it. I’ll explain how you can have this fix at your fingertips in this guide!

Key Takeaways

  • Restarting the game fixes temporary errors that happen due to no specific reason.
  • Knowing how to do this is recommended because it’s quicker and easier than any other method.
  • This doesn’t always fix the error and cannot fix any issue except specific game errors.

When To Restart Games On Xbox?

Since booting up a separate game already closes any you were playing before, there are not many cases where you’ll have to restart the game. Still, there are certain cases where restarting the game is an important fix before you go on to try specific procedures for fixing errors.

These cases are:

  • When a game is glitching for no apparent reason or cause.
  • In the case of errors that affect only one game.
  • When one specific game has an input delay.
  • When the specific game has connectivity issues or stops you from playing multiplayer.
  • When a game is frozen.
  • When you cannot boot up other games because it says that a game is already running.

Why Restart Games On Xbox?

If you’ve used any piece of older technology, you’d know that errors can often be fixed by restarting the device. Even if a phone seems completely dead, just restarting it makes it as good as new, at least for a little bit.

It’s the same with apps and games; if an app is frozen or slowed, restarting it can often be all there needs to be done. Xbox games are no different, and there are a plethora of reasons why you do this instead of jumping straight into specific fixes. These reasons include:

  • It takes roughly 2 minutes compared to other fixes that take hours.
  • You don’t have to restart the console itself to try this fix.
  • As the option is in the guide menu, you don’t have to remember the places of specific settings.
  • This one fix applies to every game-based error.

How To Restart Games On Xbox?

Unlike phones and PCs, Xbox doesn’t have a dedicated “Recents Bar” to show what’s running. Instead, you can access any game through the “Guide menu.” You can then quit the game or app from here and run it from the main interface again.

Here’s how you can do this:

Game in Guide menu
The game in the Guide menu (Image by Emopulse)
  1. Open the Guide menu” by pressing the Xbox button” on your controller.
  2. Select the game or app showing the error.
  3. Press the Options” button in order to open options for that specific app.

    Quit inside game options

  4. Inside the options menu, select “Quit”.
  5. Wait for around 10 seconds, and then launch the game again.

Final Words

Restarting games on Xbox is an easy fix for most game-based errors, and it takes roughly 2 minutes. Quit the game or app from the “Guide menu” and launch it again. Doing this simple procedure will fix most errors within the game and make the game faster, even if there isn’t an error you need to fix.

If you’re having trouble with your game or app not closing, you can report the error at Xbox Support.

If this helped, also take a look at our guides on fixing Xbox errors, such as:

Frequently Asked Questions

Does going to home quit games on Xbox?

No, unless you quit it yourself or open another game, it keeps running in the background.

How do you hard restart a game on Xbox?

You can hard restart a game by quitting it from the "Guide menu" and then running it again.

Does restarting games fix errors?

If it's a temporary error that has to do with the specific game, then restarting the game can fix it.

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