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How to fix Social not showing in Xbox Game Bar

Fix this issue.

The Xbox Game Bar is one of the neat features available on PC but sometimes it can face minor issues. One of these issues is the Social tab not showing up, so here's how you can fix this.

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How to fix the Social tab not showing in Xbox Game Bar

Xbox Game Bar with the Socials tab on the far right
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When you open the Game Bar by pressing Windows+ G or by searching it from the Start Menu, you'll have all the necessary Widgets for your Xbox account. On the right you'll have the Social tab open which shows all your friends, invites, suggested friends and chats. Sometimes it may not show up, so here's a list of possible fixes for this.

Enable the Social tab in Game Bar settings

Xbox Game Bar widget settings including the Social tab option
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Sometimes the Social tab may not be enabled by default in the Game Bar settings. To go there, press the Windows key+G or search Game Bar from the Start Menu to open the Game Bar and press the wheel icon at the top-right to open the settings. Press the Widgets section of the settings tab, and you'll see the option to show the Xbox Social tab. If it's not checked, check on it and see if the tab shows.

If it's already checked but the tab is not showing, then check it repeatedly to see if it fixes the issue.

Update Xbox Game Bar via the Microsoft Store

Updating the Game Bar via the Microsoft Store (search for it via the Start menu) may also fix the issue if you're running older versions of the app. Go to the Start Menu and search for the Microsoft Store app. Open the Microsoft Store app, go to 'Library' tab at the bottom left and press 'Get Updates' to see if there are any updates for the Game Bar.

Reset or Repair Xbox Game Bar

The Xbox Game Bar app settings
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Another way to fix the Social not showing in the Xbox Game Bar is to reset or repair the app. Press the Windows key to open the Start Menu and search for the Game Bar. When it shows up, right-click and press App Settings. You'll now see the option to reset or repair it. First, try to repair it and see if it fixes the issue. If it doesn't then reset the app. After resetting it, check if the Social tab shows up or not.

Uninstall and then reinstall Xbox Game Bar

Windows Powershell with the xbox Game Bar uninstalling command
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The final possible solution is to uninstall the Xbox Game Bar. To do that, search for Windows Powershell in the Windows search bar and open it. Then input the following command:

Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.XboxGamingOverlay | Remove-AppxPackage

After that, go to the Microsoft Store by searching for it from the Start Menu. When it's open search for Game Bar. The app will show up and install it from there. If it doesn't show up, then there's a direct link to its app page as well.

This should fix the issue of the Social tab not showing up.

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Samam Hasan is a freelance writer with a strong love for video games. He enjoys playing sim racing and RPG games in his free time along with the occasional FPS. When he’s not writing about or playing video games, you’ll find him watching classic Japanese and European movies or learning about medieval history.

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