How to Share Screenshots and Gameplay Clips on Xbox Series X|S

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Microsoft has added a Share button to the Xbox Series X and S that allows you to easily capture screenshots and in-game videos. You can then share your captures with the rest of the world through the Xbox app. Here’s how to do it.

Use the Share button for captures

The Share button is located in the very center of the Xbox Series X or S controller, just below the Xbox button you use to access the guide. It looks like a rectangle with an arrow pointing up.

Xbox Series X Controller (Black).Microsoft

The default behavior of the share button is as follows:

Take a screenshot: Press and release the share button once.
Capture a video: Press and hold the share button.
Go to the capture gallery: Quickly double-tap the share button.

Whenever you capture something, an onscreen notification should pop up to confirm it. Soon after, you should see another notification saying that your clip or screenshot has been uploaded to Xbox Live and is ready to be shared.

You will also find your captures in the capture gallery. You can access it through the app library or by double-tapping the share button. The captures will stay there until you decide to delete them or move them to a different volume.

Share directly from the Xbox app

Download the Xbox app for iPhone, iPad, or Android and sign in with the same credentials you use on your Xbox. Tap “My Library” then “Captures” to view your clips.

You may need to wait a few minutes for your most recent captures to appear, depending on your internet speed.

Xbox Capture Library

From there you can save the capture to your mobile device or share it directly via the Share button. You can also delete clips and screenshots here to free up space in your Xbox Live gallery.

A total of 10 GB of captures can be downloaded from Xbox Live. Anything that doesn’t get seen (including from you) will be deleted after 30 days.

Forza Horizon 4 captured on Xbox Series X

If you prefer to turn off automatic downloading, you can do so by pressing the Xbox button to open the guide. Select Profile & System> Settings> Preferences> Capture & Share, then turn off “Automatically download”.

Customize the share button and capture quality

If you want, you can also remap the Share button to work slightly differently in your console settings. To do so, just press the Xbox button to open the guide. Select “Profile & System”, then choose “Settings”. From there, just select Preferences> Capture & Share.

You can choose to turn off captures completely, specify a clip duration, and choose to download automatically. Under “Game Clip Resolution” you can also specify whether you want to record High Dynamic Range (HDR) or Normal SDR clips.

Select “Button Mapping” to change how the controller works when you press the Share button.

Xbox Capture Preferences

No share button? Use the Xbox button instead

Xbox One era controllers don’t have a dedicated share button, but maintain full compatibility with Xbox Series X and S. To capture screenshots and footage with these older controllers, press the Xbox button, then use any of the Face buttons to record a video or screenshot.

Press the Xbox button at the exact moment you want to capture a screenshot or clip during a game. You can then press Y to capture a screenshot or X to capture a video. Just press an extra button on an older controller.

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