Fix Xbox Live Achievements not popping up when using Pi-Hole

About: I’ve been using Pi-Hole on my Raspberry Pi for the past year to block ad’s on my whole network. It works great however some of the ad blocking lists end up blocking the Xbox Live servers which cause weird issues like being unable to update your Xbox or unable to access Netflix or Youtube or just simply not allowing you to connect to the Xbox Live servers. I have compiled a list of domains that should be white-listed to avoid these issues, check out the white-list here.

The issue I was having was my achievements would take up to a week to show completed and show up on my Xbox. I usually don’t play many games that unlock achievements but I was suspicious when the achievements would unlock at random times, often when I am not even playing the game. I did some investigating and seeing what domains were being blocked on my Pi-Hole while the Xbox was sitting idle and found a few Microsoft domains that were being blocked. I compiled the short list below.

Objective: To fix Xbox Live achievements not showing up when using Pi-Hole due to blocking of Microsoft servers.

Material: You will need the following:

  • Xbox One (Click the link to check out the price on Amazon. Usually under $250 with free shipping and some bundles let you choose your own game)

Instructions: You will only need one command to white-list the Xbox Live achievement servers. Simply SSH into your Pi-Hole server and type the following command:

That’s all. After running that command restart your Xbox and you should be okay again. You can also white-list domains using the Pi-Hole web interface now which will allow you to update your white-list without having to SSH into your Pi-Hole.

Below is a list of the website’s that have been white-listed.

  • mobile.pipe.aria.microsoft.com
  • v10.vortex-win.data.microsoft.com
  • settings-win.data.microsoft.com

Leave a comment below if you are still having issues unlocking achievements on your Xbox.

6 Comments

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  • PiHole

    March 21, 2018

    Mate you are a freaking legend dude. I have been waiting over a week for achievements to start working for me. After whitelisting these domains and some others I found here. I solved a whole array of issues that I was having with my brand new Xbox One X.

    I now have 8x faster downloads, 10x faster queue times for online games and all of my achievements unlocked immediately upon whitelisting the domains you mentioned.

    Thanks again bud! This is still totally relevant in 2018.

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  • TimeWalker

    April 30, 2018

    Heya!

    Thank you so much for making this post! I’ve been going nuts about why I suddenly couldn’t unlock achievements anymore with games staying 0% until forever even when finishing the campaign. After adding these domains to the whitelist, my achievements started to pop up immediately after restarting.

    Cheers!

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  • JohnS

    August 23, 2018

    Microsoft added another one for anyone else referencing this post

    v20.vortex-win.data.microsoft.com

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  • Jesus

    January 15, 2019

    I should have known that it was my pi hole too!
    Thanks a lot, love you for posting that!

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  • Robert

    April 5, 2019

    You sir, are a kind man. Thank you very much for writing this down. I accidentaly stumbled upon this post because only my Astroneer stopped from getting any achievements.

    After whitelisting the domains 5-10 minutes later the achievements popped, one after another.

    Again, thanks for stating this. Otherwise I wouldn’t have found the solution.

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