Xbox One Beeps But Won’t Turn On

Have you ever run into 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.
Written By: Colin @XboxDIY
Published: September 28, 2017
Updated: March 16, 2024
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Have you ever run into 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.

Why does my Xbox One beep, but not turn on?

There are typically 2 scenarios where your Xbox One 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 One is in.

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

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

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Option #1: Power Cycle Your Xbox

This is the most obvious (and easiest) solution for fixing your Xbox One when it beeps but doesn’t turn on.

When you ‘shut off’ your Xbox, it doesn’t actually shut off but moves into a ‘low power’ state that allows it to apply updates and other important changes in the background while you’re not using it. Power cycling your Xbox console (also referred to as a ‘Hard Reset’) allows it to completely restart, including the software which, in a tale as old as time, typically resolves a whole host of minor nuances.

How to Power Cycle (Or Hard Reset) Your Xbox One

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  • With the Xbox One powered off, hold your power button down for 10 seconds.
  • You’ll hear the console power off, and the power brick will turn orange briefly, white for another second, and then back to orange.

This means that your console has finished resetting and is now in a standby state.

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 common Xbox One problems such as:

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

Option #2: Tap the Eject Button Repeatedly

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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!

Option #3: Check Your Power Cable and Power Brick

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

Any frays, bent wires, or damaged plastic casing on the power brick can be an indicator your power supply is damaged, and the reason why your Xbox One is not turning on.

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

Side Note: The New Xbox One X and Xbox One Series X have a single power cord (and no brick) – another reason to upgrade to a newer Xbox console!

Option #4: Unplug Your Xbox for 10 Seconds

If you’ve exhausted all other options, you can unplug your Xbox One power supply from the outlet and the Xbox One for 10 seconds to see if it resolves the issue of when your Xbox One beeps but doesn’t turn on.

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 there is no power for your Xbox One, and also a troubleshooting video

Were you able to fix your Xbox One Beeping But Not Turning On?

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 servicing.

You can check out XboxDIY.com’s helpful repair, tutorial, 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 One if you don’t want to deal with it or are looking for an excuse to upgrade.

Have any other ideas for how to fix your Xbox beeps but won’t turn on? Head over to our YouTube channel, drop us a comment below, or send a message using our Contact page. Game on!

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