Fix: Xbox One error “HDCP has failed”

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Xbox One allows you to enjoy in all sorts of multimedia content online, but sometimes you might experience certain errors while enjoying in multimedia. Users reported HDCP has failed error on their Xbox One, and today we’re going to show you how to fix it.

Xbox One error “HDCP has failed”, how to fix it?

HDCP stands for high-bandwidth Digital Content Protection, and it’s a digital copy protection system developed by Intel. This system is designed to prevent copying of audio and video content while it’s being transmitted. HDCP works with HDMI and DisplayPort connections, and in order to protect the content the transmitting device checks if the receiver is authorized to receive it. This system has its flaws, and it can even prevent you from recording your gameplay sessions on Xbox One, but there are few ways to fix this problem.

Fix – Xbox One “HDCP has failed” error

Solution 1 – Restart your console

According to users, you might be able to fix this problem simply by restarting your console. Your console stores all sorts of temporary files, and by restarting it you’ll clear all these files and fix this and many other problems. To restart your Xbox One, do the following:

  1. Open the Guide by scrolling left on the Home screen. You can also open the Guide by double tapping the Xbox button on your controller.
  2. Choose Settings > Restart console.
  3. Now select Yes to confirm.

You can also restart your console by holding the power button for 10 seconds. After your console turns off, wait for a few seconds and press the power button again to turn it on. After your console restarts, the temporary files will be removed and the error should be resolved.

Solution 2 – Turn on Energy-saving mode

By default your Xbox One uses Instant-on mode that allows you to turn on or off your Xbox One instantly. In fact, this option puts your Xbox One in standby mode thus allowing you to turn it on or off almost instantly. This is a great feature, but it has its flaws. One of the biggest flaws of this feature is that it doesn’t turn off your Xbox One completely, thus keeping all your temporary files. Since this feature doesn’t turn off your Xbox One, it will still use consume power, even if it’s in standby mode. To fix HDCP has failed and many other Xbox One errors, it’s suggest that you turn off Instant-on mode and switch to Power-saving mode. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Menu button on your controller and go to Settings.
  2. Select Power & startup.
  3. Go to Power Options section, select Power mode and press the A button on the controller.
  4. Select Energy-saving.

After enabling this option, turn your Xbox off and turn it back on. By using this feature your Xbox will turn itself off completely and it might take about 30 seconds for your Xbox One to start when you turn it on, but issues with HDCP should be resolved completely.

HDCP has failed Xbox One error can prevent you from recording your gameplay sessions, but we hope that you managed to solve this issue by restarting your console or by turning on Energy-saving mode.

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