How to Play Xbox Games on iPhone Using iOS 17

How to Play Xbox Games on iPhone

Playing Xbox games on your iPhone is now easier than ever, thanks to the latest iOS 17 update and Xbox Game Pass. Want to know how to do it? This guide will show you the ropes!

Apple and Xbox are now friends, letting you stream and play Xbox games on your iPhone or iPad. With the new Game Center on iPhone, gaming is better than ever.

To play Xbox games on your iPhone, you’ll need an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership. The first month is just $1 for new users, and after that, it’s $15 a month. Keep reading to find out how to play your favorite Xbox games right from your phone.

What is Xbox Game Pass Ultimate?

It’s a special membership that gives you a bunch of awesome features like a big game library, cloud gaming on iPhone and iPad, online multiplayer action, and special discounts. It’s the ultimate gaming package!

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Pros and Cons


  • Tons of games to choose from
  • Play games on different devices
  • Multiplatform access
  • Online multiplayer and special deals
  • Free games every month


  • Monthly fee is kinda high
  • Need a fast internet connection
  • Not all iPhones work with it
  • Only available in some places
  • Can only use one console and account at a time

Basic Needs for Playing Xbox on iPhone

To play Xbox games on your iPhone, you’ll need:

  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate ($1 for the first month, $15/month after)
  • iPhone with iOS 15 or later (also works on iPads with the latest update)
  • A solid Wi-Fi or cell connection (5 GHz Wi-Fi or 5G are best)
  • Xbox controller that works with Bluetooth (like the Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S controller)

Devices That Work

Here are the Apple devices you can use:

  • iPhone 11 Series
  • iPhone 12 Series
  • iPhone 13 Series
  • iPhone 14 Series
  • iPhone 15 Series
  • iPhone SE
  • iPad Air (3rd and 4th Gen)
  • iPad Pro (11″ 2nd Gen and up)
  • iPad (8th Gen)
  • iPad mini (5th Gen)

How to Play Xbox Games on Your iPhone

First, get cloud gaming set up on your iPhone. After that, you can stream and play Xbox games. Here’s how:

Setting Up Xbox Gaming on iOS

  • Open your iPhone’s App Store and search for “Xbox Game Pass.”
  • Download and install the Xbox Game Pass app.
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  • Open the app and give it any permissions it asks for.
  • Log in with your Microsoft account that’s linked to your Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
  • Go to the “My Library” tab.
  • Find “Cloud Gaming” and tap “Enable.”
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Pairing a Controller With Your iPhone

  • Turn on your Xbox controller by holding the Xbox button.
  • Hold the pairing button on the controller until the Xbox button blinks fast.
  • Open your iPhone’s “Settings” app.
  • Tap “Bluetooth.”
  • Make sure Bluetooth is on.
  • Your Xbox controller will show up under “Other Devices.” Tap to connect.
Connecting a Controller to iPhone

Playing Xbox Games

  • Open the Xbox Game Pass app.
  • Browse or search for a game you like.
  • Tap the game to see more about it.
  • Tap “Play” to start the game.
  • Now the game will stream to your iPhone or iPad, and you can play with your connected controller.
play Xbox games on iPhone


With Xbox Cloud Gaming and the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you can enjoy a whole new way of playing games on your iPhone. Despite a few drawbacks like limited availability and the need for a good internet connection, it’s a great way to play your favorite games on different devices.


Do I need a specific Xbox controller to play games on my iPhone?

You need a Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S controller. Older Xbox 360 controllers won’t work.

Can I play without an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription?

Nope, you need the membership to play Xbox games on your iPhone.