Many Xbox Series X users are having issues with their console turning on but not showing up on their TV or monitor. This usually happens when you move from a high resolution monitor (1440p) to a lower resolution monitor (1080p).

The console is outputting 1440p but the Monitor is not compatible with that resolution, so the screen appears to be black. Luckily there is an easy fix to get your console to appear on the screen again. In this article, we will take you step by step on how to change Xbox Series X resolution without seeing the screen. Let’s jump in.

How To Enable Low Resolution Mode On Xbox Series X

Enabling low-resolution mode on your Xbox will set the display resolution to 480p so you should be able to see your console on essentially any monitor. Once you can see your screen again you can adjust the resolution to match your monitor.

Follow the steps below to put your Xbox into low-resolution mode:

  1. Hold down the power button on your Xbox for 5-10 seconds to completely power it down
  2. Once the Xbox is off completely hold down the power button and the eject button at the same time. You will hear a first beep when you first push the buttons down. After a few seconds you will hear another beep. After the second beep you can take your hands off.
  3. Your console should now start to boot up in Low Resolution mode

It will look pretty terrible on your screen but we can now see the menu to adjust the resolution manually.

Here is a full video tutorial on how to follow the above process:

How To Change The Resolution On Xbox Series X

Now that we can see our screen again, we need to change the resolution to match our monitor.

To change the resolution on the Xbox Series X follow the steps below:

  1. Press the Xbox button in the middle of your controller
  2. Select Profile & System –> Settings
  3. Navigate to General –> TV & display options
  4. Select Resolution and then select the resolution that matches the monitor or TV you are playing on

You should now have the correct resolution on your console to match your Monitor/TV.

If you want your Xbox to automatically detect the resolution of your TV in the future set the TV Connection setting to Auto Detect.

Wrapping Up

Hopefully, this guide has allowed you to see your Xbox Series X screen again. You can now get back to playing your favorite games on your console instead of troubleshooting frustrating issues. Enjoy!

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