Games take up a lot of space, and if you’re running out of space on the system drive, here’s how you can change the default location where the Xbox app installs games. You’ll need to take a two-step approach to installing it, but once that’s done, you won’t have to worry about space.
What is the Xbox app on Windows?
The Xbox app is the main app that makes it easy to find and install games. Although it’s still the Microsoft Store in the background, most games can be managed using the app. The app also makes it easy to view all games, progress, XP earned, etc. That said, with Windows installed, the main storage is mostly taken up by apps, operating system files, and with games taking up so much space, performance can slow down. It is therefore preferable to have a large partition dedicated to games only.
Change the default location of where the Xbox app installs games
The first step is to change the default location where games are installed. The default location is set to drive C or the system drive. So when you change the location and install another game, it will install in a different location. Make sure to choose a driver that offers good read-write speed for better performance.
- Open the Xbox app
- Click on your profile picture > Select Settings
- In the Xbox settings, go to the general section > game installation options
- Assuming you have another partition, click on the drop-down menu and change it to another drive
Going a bit further, if you have multiple partitions and enough space, you can define one more thing. Under the game installation options, check the box that says: Ask me for installation options for each installation.
Now the next time you install a game, it will ask you where to install the game.
Change the location of existing Xbox games
The second step is to move the existing games to a different location so that the system drive can have more room to breathe and the games can expand if needed.
Go to Windows Settings > Apps > Apps & features. Click on the vertical three-dot menu > Advanced options. Look for the option to move the app from one location to another on the next screen. Once moved, all shortcuts and entries will be updated so that there are no broken links.
Can you store Xbox Game Pass games on the external hard drive?
Yes, you can move any game to an external hard drive if the developer has allowed it. This also applies to any app, and all of them work. That said, make sure the hard drive is plugged in when you want to play the game. That said, that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to plug in and play the game on any PC. Make sure the external drive has a capacity of 256 GB and uses a USB 3.0 connection.
Can I use a different account on the Xbox app?
The Xbox app lets you sign out and then use another account to sign in. You will have the option to switch to the Microsoft account when Windows tries to sign you back in with the current Microsoft account.
Can you play Xbox games on a PC without an Xbox?
If the Xbox game is also available for PC, you can also play Xbox games on PC. However, you will need a different subscription to play games on PC. However, if you have an Ultimate Xbox Game Pass, you don’t need to purchase a separate subscription.