How To Fix The Error 0x80070bfa on Xbox Series S

This troubleshooting guide will show you how to fix the error 0x80070bfa on an Xbox Series S and how to prevent it from happening again in the future. It’s a minor issue that can easily be prevented. So read on to learn more about it. 

You may encounter the error 0x80070bfa if you’re gaming with Xbox Series S, or any Xbox console for that matter. Most of the time, it shows up when you open a game or an app. But several reports also indicate that it may also pop up even if your console is idle. 

This can be caused by several factors such as slow or no connectivity, server outages, minor technical issues with your console, or even corrupted game caches or files. That’s why it’s important that you take time in troubleshooting this problem because you may only need to do a few solutions to get your console working perfectly again. 

If you’re one of the users that’s bugged by this error code, then here are the things you should do: 

Fix #1: Check your Internet connection

Before doing any other troubleshooting procedures, make sure that it’s not due to slow or unstable Internet connection. If your console can’t communicate well with the servers, this error may show up. So follow these steps to check how fast your connection is: 

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  1. Press the Xbox button on your controller. 
  2. Press the RB button a few times to select Profile & system. 
  3. Highlight Settings and press A. 
  4. Highlight General if it’s not selected yet. 
  5. Select Network Settings.
  6. Highlight Test network connection and press A. If it says that your console is connected to the Internet, then try doing a speed test. 
  7. Select Test network speed & statistics, and wait until the test is finished. 

For connection issues, you can easily fix them by rebooting your router. Or you may call your service provider to have it fixed. 

Fix #2: Make sure it’s not a server issue

After making sure your connection is good, what you have to check next is the status of the Xbox Live servers. If some services are down, errors like this may also occur as your Xbox can’t download the information it needed. So try this: 

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  1. Press the Xbox button on the controller and then look for Microsoft Edge, and open it. 
  2. Log on to, and then click on Xbox status. 
  3. Now check if there are services that are currently down or having issues. 

If it’s a server problem, then you should wait it out because it will be fixed without you doing anything. However, if all the services are up and running, then try the next solution. 

Fix #3: Restart your Xbox Series S

The easiest and probably the most effective solution in fixing minor technical issues with your console is to restart it. It will refresh the memory, as well as reload all of its services. If the problem is not serious, this might be the only thing you need to do to fix it. 

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  1. To reboot your console, press and hold the Xbox button on the controller to pull up the Power center. 
  2. When the options show, select Restart Console. 
  3. Select Restart and wait until your console finishes the reboot. 

After the reboot, launch the game you’re having issues with, or use your Xbox like you normally do to know if the error code 0x80070bfa still shows up. 

Fix #4: Uninstall and reinstall the game

If the error code pops up every time you open a game or an app, then it’s probably just a problem with the game itself. The next thing you need to do is to uninstall it and then download a fresh copy. This usually fixes any game-related errors. Here’s how you uninstall a game from your Xbox Series S: 

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  1. Press the Xbox button on your controller.
  2. At the Home tab, highlight My games & apps and press A.
  3. Select See all to view all your games and apps.
  4. Highlight the game in question and then press the menu button on the controller.
  5. Select Uninstall, and then Uninstall All. 

Once the game is successfully uninstalled, restart your console again before reinstalling it. 

Fix #5: Factory reset your console

If all else fails, what you have to do next is to reset your console. A factory reset will be able to fix this error code, however, it must be your last resort as you may spend several hours redownloading your games. There are two types of factory reset on Xbox Series S. Try resetting the settings first as it won’t delete your games. If that doesn’t work, then do the typical factory reset. Here’s how: 

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  1. Press the Xbox button on the controller to pull up the side menu. 
  2. Press the RB button a few times to select Profile & system. 
  3. Highlight Settings and press A to select it. 
  4. Highlight System and then select Console info.
  5. Select Reset console. 
  6. Select Reset and keep my games & apps first. 
  7. If that doesn’t work, then choose Reset and remove everything. 

After the reset, set up your console as a new device. The error should no longer pop up now. 

We hope that this troubleshooting guide can be helpful. 

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Harold Hisona

Harold has been in the tech industry since 2008 when he started out as a tech support for companies like Time Warner, Comcast and Tracfone. He’s been troubleshooting phones when the smartphone industry started booming. During his tenure as a tech support, he’s already been writing for various tech blogs and doing some freelance SEO. In 2012, he joined a small team of bloggers to write for The Droid Guy, and he has been with the company ever since. Today, he doesn’t only write tutorials and troubleshooting pieces but also shoots and edits videos for The Droid Guy channel while trading stocks on the side. Contact me at Email

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