How to Use Your iPhone on an Xbox 360

By Sarah Jorgensen

Updated September 22, 2017

You can connect your iPhone to your Xbox 360 via a USB cable.
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The Apple iPhone utilizes the AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) format to store music files. You can connect the iPhone to your Xbox 360 via a USB connection. The iPhone will be detected automatically but you will need to download an optional media update from Microsoft's Xbox Live servers to listen to AAC music files on your Xbox 360. The update is free and only needs to be installed to your console once.

Turn on your Xbox 360 and sign in tp your Xbox Live profile by pressing the center "X" button and selecting "Sign In to Profile." Press "A" after selecting your profile to sign in. Move the left analog stick up and select the "Game Marketplace" tab, then press the "A" button and select the letter "O" from the alphabetical list. Select "Optional Media Update," then press "A" to confirm your download. Do not turn off the console while the update is being applied to your Xbox 360.

Restart the Xbox 360 and sign in to your Xbox Live profile again. Connect the USB cable from your iPhone to your Xbox 360's USB port. Use the left analog stick to select "Music" and press the "A" button.

Select "Portable Device" and a list of playable AAC audio files will be displayed. Select the song you want to hear, then press "A" to begin playing the track.


The optional media update only needs to be installed once per Xbox 360 user profile.