How to Connect An Xbox Controller To A PC?

Connect An Xbox Controller To A PC

If we say that playing an Xbox won’t always require a console would you believe us? Well, we are not kidding as it is possible all you need is a PC. Let us take you on a quick ride on how to connect an Xbox controller to a PC

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Know the Type Of Xbox Controller You Have

Before connecting your Xbox with a PC you should know what kind of controller you are having. If not taken a close look then the Xbox Wireless Gamepad included with the Xbox Series S/X is very much similar to the now popularly available Xbox One’s controller. Both are compatible with Xbox wireless communication and Bluetooth. Also, the method for connecting them with the PC is also identical. Hence we have guidelines applicable to both devices.

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Connect Your Xbox Controller to PC Using A Wired Connection

When trying to connect an Xbox controller manually this is what you should do.

  1. Connect one end of your USB-to-micro USB or normal USB cable into the controller. This process will be dependent on the version of the controller you have.
  2. Now plug in the end into your PC.
  3. Now it will automatically configure under Windows 10 you are ready to play using it.

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Connect Your Xbox Controller to PC Using Bluetooth

Supporting your Xbox controller with your PC using Bluetooth is similar to pairing it with your Xbox One. All you have to do is to hold down the Guide button and then hold the pairing icon for three seconds till the guide button flashes which means pairing mode is activated. In case you are connecting the controller with a console, then you must press the pairing button on the system itself. However, when connecting it with a Windows 10 PC, you will have to surf some menus. In case your PC lacks a Bluetooth option then you will need a Bluetooth USB dongle. Let’s give you a stepwise description:

  1. Turn on the controller by holding the Guide button 
  2. After three seconds of holding the pairing option wait for the Guide button to flash.
  3. Now right-click on the Bluetooth icon.
  4. Once you are navigated to the Bluetooth option go to ‘Add a Bluetooth Device.’
  5. Now select the ‘Add Bluetooth or other Device’ and select Bluetooth.
  6. Click on the ‘Xbox Wireless Controller’ and wait till the Guide button option turns solid white. Now you will receive the message popup saying that the controller is connected.

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Using A Dongle

In case you have an older Xbox One controller version you need to buy an Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10. This is a USB dongle designed to directly connect your Xbox gamepad without including any Bluetooth setup or pairing. Just plug in the dongle and pair it to your controller.


Why Won’t My Xbox Controller Connect To My PC?

It happens that sometimes USB devices might include incompatible or defective USB cables which can trouble wireless signals. All you have to do is to unplug all USB devices attached to your Xbox or PC and then restart your Xbox or PC to retry connecting the controller.

Does Bluetooth 5.0 Work With Xbox One?

Basically, the Xbox One uses the standardized Bluetooth 4.0 specification. However, other Bluetooth devices can be backward compatible when a slower transfer rate is effective.

Can You Use An Airpod With Xbox One?

As Microsoft’s Xbox One lacks Bluetooth support, hence unfortunately it has no built-in way to pair Apple AirPods to the console. Also, it is not possible to connect AirPods to the Xbox One controller headphone jack.

Do I Need A Bluetooth Adapter For An Xbox Controller?

In case you don’t have a Bluetooth option then an Xbox Wireless Adapter is required to sync your Xbox One controller and PC wirelessly. 

Why Won’t My PC Recognize My Controller?

What To Do When The Xbox One Wired Controller Flashing And Not Connecting?

It might sometimes happen that your Windows be unable to detect your gamepad due to excessive devices plugged into your machine. Disconnect the devices and check if the issue is resolved. Also, if you use a USB hub, make sure to disconnect your gamepad from it and directly connect it with the PC.

Check your controller if it’s paired with any other system or has enough battery to stop the controller from blinking. Pair your Xbox One controller by holding down the pair button or by using a micro USB cable to the console.