Need to sync your Xbox One controller? Here’s how to connect your Xbox One controller to any Xbox One model, plus tips if it doesn’t sync properly. Wireless controllers come in handy, but connecting them can be a little confusing. If you’re wondering how to connect an Xbox One controller to your Xbox console, we’ll tell you what you need to know.
Whether you bought a new controller and need to sync it with your Xbox One, or brought your controller to play on a friend’s Xbox, pairing your Xbox One controller isn’t difficult.
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Below, we show you how to sync the controller with each model of Xbox One, along with some tips if that doesn’t work for some reason.
How to Sync an Xbox One Controller to Your Wireless Console
Wireless pairing is the most convenient way to connect your Xbox One controller to your Xbox. Here is how it works:
- Turn on the Xbox One you want to sync with by pressing the Xbox button on the front of the system.
- Next, turn on your controller by holding down the Xbox button on the controller for a short while. The Xbox button flashes, indicating that it is searching for a console to sync.
- Press and release the bind button on your console.
- On Xbox One X and Xbox One S, you’ll find this small circular button on the bottom right of your system, below the power button.
- For the original Xbox One model, the button is on the corner of the disc slot on the left side of the console.
- After pressing the button on your console, press and hold the small circular Bind button on the top of your controller. The Xbox button should blink a few times, then stay solid when connected.
Once you’ve successfully paired your Xbox One controller, you can use it to navigate the home screen and play games.
How to Pair Your Xbox One Controller Using a Cable
If you prefer, you can also use a Micro-USB cable to pair your controller and your Xbox One console.
Simply plug the cable into the USB port on the Xbox, then connect the other end to your controller. Once they’re connected, press and hold the Xbox button on the controller to sync them. You can disconnect the cable to use the wireless controller after the synchronization is complete.
Can I Play Xbox Series S on Xbox One | Can I use X controller?
You must have noticed that Xbox Series S | The X controller is almost identical to the Xbox One controller. It turns out that Microsoft has built-in backward and backward compatibility into these controllers.
This means that your Xbox Series S | Can use Xbox One controllers on the X. Additionally, you can play Xbox Series S on your Xbox One system. X controllers. It’s a convenient way to enjoy multiplayer titles on console, even if you’re running low on some controllers.
Can’t connect your Xbox One controller?
The above steps should sync your controller and your Xbox console in most cases. But if pairing doesn’t work, try these tips:
- Try replacing the batteries in the controller. If you’re using the Xbox One Play and Charge Kit for a rechargeable battery, make sure your controller is charged. Check that the cable you are using for charging/connecting is working properly.
- Keep the controller near the console while syncing it. The range of a wireless connection between your console and your controller is about 20 to 30 feet.
- Turn off any other wireless devices (such as a microwave or laptop) that are near the Xbox and controller to reduce interference.
- Fully restart your console by holding down the Xbox button on the front of the system for about 10 seconds. Unplug the power cable for at least 30 seconds, then plug it back in and turn on your system.
- Remember that you can only have eight controllers connected to the system at a time.
Also, keep in mind that when you press the Xbox button on your controller, it tries to connect to the system it was last paired with. If you have multiple Xbox One consoles, your controller can connect to another system as soon as you turn it on.
Try turning off and completely unplugging any other nearby Xbox One systems to avoid this overlap. This also applies when you try to connect an Xbox One controller to a PC when the controller is already paired with a console near you.
If you continue to have problems, see your Xbox One controller troubleshooting help to resolve the issue.
Still, having a problem? Try Repairing Your Xbox Controller
You now know the ways to pair your Xbox One controller with any console model. It’s not difficult, so if you have a problem you may have a physical problem with your controller. Try using the controller on a friend’s Xbox One if possible, or contact Xbox Support for hardware replacement or repair.