My Xbox One Beeps, But Won’t Turn On?

Colin Niemczura, Editor-in-chief,

18 September 2017

Have you ever run in to the problem where your Xbox One beeps but it won’t turn on? This is a common problem with the Xbox One, but it can be fixed following a few simple steps.

There are typically 2 scenarios where your Xbox will beep after pressing the power button, but not turn on:

  • You press the power button, it beeps, but won’t turn on. After hitting the button a second time, the console will turn on.
  • When you press the power button on your Xbox One, it won’t turn on. After hitting it a second time, the Xbox still does not turn on.

The first scenario is fairly common and could be due to the power state your Xbox is in.

The second scenario is much more serious and could require reapairs or replacing your Xbox One.

Let’s walk through a few different ways you can fix the issue of your Xbox beeping, but not turning on.

Option 1: Power Cycle your Xbox

This is the most obvious (and easiest) solution for fixing your Xbox. Check out our video on how to power cycle your Xbox One:

With the Xbox One off, old your power button down for 10 seconds. You’ll hear the console power off, and the power brick will turn orange.

This means that your console has finished resetting.

If your Xbox One beeps but still doesn’t turn on, try pressing the button one more time.

This fix also works for many other problems such:

Next, we’ll take a look at some other methods that are a little bit more unorthadox,  but have worked for others experiencing the issue of their Xbox beeping but not turning on.

Option 2: Tap the Eject Button Repeatedly

Xbox One Beeps But Won't Turn On Eject Button

This might sound crazy, but a few people over at the Xbox forums have said they fixed their xbox one beeping but not turning on by repeatedly hitting the eject button on the front of the Xbox One console.

While it does seem pretty insane, it seems like this fix has worked for a few different people, regardless of if you have a disc in the console or not.

One forum-goer also pointed out that they were holding down the middle button on the Xbox One controller AND tapping the eject button before his Xbox One console turned on.

(If you manage to fix your Xbox by performing this ridiculous feat, please let us know in the comments below – we would love to hear about it.)

Optional 3: Check Your Power Cable

Check Your Xbox One Power Brick

There’s always the possibility that your Xbox One power cord is shot, or on the brink of failing.

Any frays, bent wires, or damaged plastic casing on the power brick can be the reason your Xbox One isn’t turning on.

Luckily, a new power cable is pretty cheap, and it’s definitely a lot cheaper than replacing or upgrading your Xbox.

Side Note: The New Xbox One X has a single power cord (and no brick) – which is another reason we love it so much!

Option 4: Unplug Your Xbox for 10 Seconds

If you’ve exhausted all other options, you can unplug your Xbox One power cable from the outlet and the Xbox One for 10 seconds, to see if it resolves the issue.

This is an internal power reset, and different than power cycling your Xbox One.

If you need more help, Microsoft has a handy help article on what to do if you there is no power for your Xbox One, and also a troubleshooting video

Were you able to fix your Xbox One?

If you’re still having problems where your Xbox One beeps but doesn’t turn on, it’s very possible that your Xbox One needs serviced.

You can check out’s helpful how-to’s and troubleshooting guides, or you can head over to Microsoft and have your Xbox One Console serviced (spoiler alert: it won’t be cheap).

Worst case scenario, you can always buy a new Xbox if you don’t want to deal with it or are looking for an excuse to upgrade.

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