Have you been sitting in your gaming room just chilling out when you suddenly notice that the fan in your Xbox Series X is running? I know I have. This is exactly what happened to me the other day. I was chilling out on my sofa and I heard this fan noise coming from my console.

I personally thought this was a little weird as I had shut my console down after a gaming session. This prompted me to do a little research to make sure there was nothing actually wrong with my console. Let’s take a look at what I found out.

Why Is My Xbox Series X Fan Always On?

Your Xbox Series X fan is designed to run anytime your Xbox is turned on as well as when it is on standby. This helps to keep the components inside your console from overheating and being damaged. If your fan was not running your components may overheat causing serious damage or significantly reducing the lifespan of your console.


How To Stop Xbox Series X Fan When Not Playing

The best way to stop your Xbox Series X fan from running when you are not playing is by turning it off at the socket or unplugging it from the wall. This will ensure that the console is not powered on at all and therefore the fans will not run.

If you find the sound is distracting or annoying when you are not using the console this is one of the best options. However, there is another option which is turning off Instant-On mode on your console.

How To Turn Off Instant-On Mode On Xbox

Instant On mode allows you to instantly return to your console and have it boot up, essentially instantly. This means you can jump right back into your game when you want to without having to fully boot the console again.

When your console has Instant-On mode enabled, the fans will likely run when the console is in standby mode. If you want your console to fully shut down when you turn it off, you need to disable instant-on mode. To do this follow the steps below:

  1. Navigate to the settings menu in your Xbox Dashboard
  2. Go to General –> Power Mode & Start-up
  3. Change the setting from Instant-On to Power Saving

You have successfully disabled Instant-On mode and your console will fully shut down when you turn it off. This should stop the fans from running when you are not playing the console.

Why Is My Xbox Series X Fan So Loud?

If your Xbox Series X fan is running at full power it can be quite loud. This is likely to happen if you have been playing for a long period of time or are playing a graphically intense game.

This is normal if you have been playing for a long period of time and is nothing to worry about. The fans running at full power are working to cool down the components in the console, protecting your console from damage.

If you think that your console fan is too loud all the time it could be due to poor airflow where you have placed your console. If that is the case you may need to adjust where you store your console.

How To Stop Xbox Series X Overheating

If you want to stop your Xbox from overheating and having the fans running at full power you should position it in a well-ventilated area. For example, if your console is sitting on the carpet or is in a drawer/tv stand it can overheat very quickly.

If you want to learn more about how to position your console, check out our full guide on how to stop your Xbox from overheating.

What Would Happen If The Fan Did Not Run?

If your fan stops working due to a fault your console will have problems running your games. As the console starts to overheating you may experience performance issues then eventually the console will shut down. If the console hits a certain temperature it will shut down to prevent more damage to the internal components.

If you think that your fan is not working correctly, you should send your console in for repair immediately.

Wrapping Up

Now you know why that annoying fan is always on in the background even if you are not actively using your console. While it can be annoying it is simply designed to protect the components of your Xbox console. After all, you want your console to have as long a life span as possible.

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James is a marketer by day and gamer by night. He loves sharing his Marketing background in the world of streaming. When he's not working on campaigns he's likely to be spotted in Verdansk.