Why Is Xbox One Running Slow? 6 Effective Ways

Cici updated on Mar 13, 2024 | Home >Computer Instruction

Xbox One running slow can considerably knock on your gaming experience. Multiple reasons can cause sluggish gaming issues, including caching, lack of space, and other causes. For these reasons, EaseUS has explored different solutions to ensure your Xbox One runs smoother.

How to Fix Xbox One Running Slow/Lagging

If you're unsure what's causing your Xbox One to experience latency issues, try the following. Check out the fixes here:

  1. Improve Internet Connection
  2. Tun Off Background Processes
  3. Free up Hard Drive Space
  4. Clear the Cache
  5. Replace the Xbox One Hard Drive
  6. Reset Console Network to Factory Default Settings

1. Improve Internet Connection

A slow internet connection can cause loading games or watching movies and take a long time. Try the following tips to improve your internet speed:

  • Move the router closer to the Xbox
  • Decrease the number of devices linked to the network.
  • Use a cable to connect the console straight to the router.
  • Reboot the router
  • Connect the Xbox One using an Ethernet cable 

Additionally, you can improve your Internet connection and speed by changing your DNS settings: 

  • Go to Xbox Guide > System > Network > Network Settings > Advanced Settings > DNS Settings > Manual. 
  • Then, enter as the primary database and as the secondary database.

2. Tun Off Background Processes

When there are too many background processes or applications running on the console, it may cause Xbox One to slow down. Closing background processes and running applications is a trick to speed up the console:

Step 1. Bring up the Guide menu on your Xbox, scroll to the right, and select All Settings.

Step 2. Find the "System" option and select "Background Apps."

Step 3. Select the list of all applications and processes running in the background and click "Stop" to close the application.

3. Free up Hard Drive Space

When your Xbox One runs out of space, it may also slow down. You can uninstall games and apps on your Xbox that you no longer use:

  • Select My Games & Apps and click on the target games and programs you want to uninstall.
  • Open the Menu button on your controller.
  • Navigate to Manage Games > Manage All > Uninstall All to uninstall the game and delete its saved data.

If you've tried this method and it still doesn't solve the problem, you can unmount the hard drive and partition the Xbox One hard drive on a Windows computer to expand it. EaseUS Partition Master Professional is a full-featured tool that provides extensive support for game drives.

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Step 1. Go to Partition Manager, hover your mouse on target drive with low disk space, and click "Adjust with 1-Click".

When your partition is out of space and shows read, EaseUS Partition Master will pop up low disk space warning and offer "Adjust with 1-click" option.

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Step 2. Click "OK" to automatically extend partition. 

EaseUS Partition Master will extend the partition to solve the low space issue intelligently, and you only need to click "OK" to continue.  

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You can also click "Manual Adjustment" to extend the partition size manually if the Smart Space Adjustment cannot satisfy your needs. Then, click "OK" to continue.

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Step 3. Execute operations to extend low disk space partition.

Click the "Execute Task" button at the top corner and keep all changes by clicking "Apply".

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You can also use an Xbox One database or an external hard disk to expand the hard drive space.

4. Clear the Cache

The cache is the temporary files and data stored in Xbox for faster loading of games. When the cache files get clustered or corrupted, it can cause many problems. Therefore, clear the cache and delete the temporary files from the console to free up some storage space.

Step 1. Switch off the console from the power cord.

Step 2. Wait 5-10 minutes for the host to clear the cache.

Step 3. Plug the power cord back into the console and wait for 5 minutes.

5. Replace the Xbox One Hard Drive

If the above methods don't work, you can try replacing your Xbox One hard drive. Upgrading your Xbox One to a larger hard drive is an excellent option when it is damaged or running out of space. With the help of EaseUS Partition Master, you can replace the hard drive without losing any game data.

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Step 1. Select the source disk.

  • Click the "Clone" from the left menu. Select the "Clone OS Disk" or "Clone Data Disk"  and click "Next".
  • Choose the source disk and click "Next".

Step 2. Select the target disk.

  • Choose the wanted HDD/SSD as your destination and click "Next" to continue.
  • Read Warning message and confirm "Yes" button.

Step 3. View the disk layout and edit the target disk partition size. 

Then click "Continue" when the program warns it will wipe out all data on the target disk. (If you have valuable data on the target disk, back up it in advance.)

You can select "Autofit the disk", "Clone as the source" or "Edit disk layout" to customize your disk layout. (Select the last one if you want to leave more space for C drive.)

Step 4. Click "Start" to start the disk cloning process.

6. Reset Console Network to Factory Default Settings

Some incompatible updates or changes may also cause Xbox One to run slowly. If you've changed the settings, reset the Xbox One console network to the default settings to fix the problem.

Step 1. Click the button on your Xbox controller.

Step 2. Navigate to Profiles & System > Settings > System > Network Settings.

Step 3. Locate the target network and select Configure Network.

Step 4. Select Restore to Factory Defaults from the Other Settings menu.

Why Is Xbox One So Slow?

There are a variety of reasons why the Xbox One is so slow. Many users have tried different methods to solve the latency problem. Here is a typical case:

So, my Xbox One has recently been running super slow. I've tried everything, including moving the power cable into the wall pocket. I'm unsure what else to do, and any solution would be helpful. from Reddit

Based on feedback from forum users and descriptions of the problem, we have summarised multiple possible causes, such as:

  • Poor internet connection
  • Insufficient storage space
  • Failed internal hard drive
  • Cache blockage
  • Backend application-related issues

Whatever the cause, we have solutions for the most common problems. If you find this article helpful in solving Xbox One running speed problems, please don't forget to share it with more gamers.



Are you frustrated with your Xbox One Running Slow, especially when playing multiplayer games? There are various reasons why this situation happens. You can solve problems by changing your internet connection or clearing your cache.

If the Xbox One is running slow due to low disk space, you can upgrade your hard drive to a larger disk without losing data with the help of EaseUS Partition Master.

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FAQs About Xbox One Running Slow

Do you still have other problems related to Xbox One running slow? For more knowledge and solutions, refer to the following answers:

1. How do I make my Xbox One run faster?

Please refer to this article for some solutions provided to solve Xbox running slow issues like:

  • Improve the network
  • Clear the cache regularly
  • Update Xbox One software and games
  • Uninstall games and Apps that are no longer in use

2. Why is my Xbox so slow and freezing?

When your hard drive has a problem, it can cause your Xbox One to die or crash often. In addition, some temporary cache files can become corrupted and cause your Xbox to crash or freeze.

3. Why is my Xbox so laggy, but the internet is fine?

The internet is not the only reason that caused the Xbox One to run slow. Low disk space may also cause the laggy error. Failure to clear cached data will eventually lead to device lag. Try clearing your cache and freeing up Xbox One storage.

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Written by Cici

Cici is the junior editor of the writing team of EaseUS. She accepted the systematic training on computers at EaseUS for over one year. Now, she wrote a lot of professional articles to help people resolve the issues of hard drive corruption, computer boot errors, and disk partition problems.

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