Xbox One Controller to PC

 

TekP says Bluetooth Option is very convenient if you have the Xbox One controller with Bluetooth support.

Your controller has this feature if it looks like the one on the bottom in this illustration:

On Bluetooth-supported controllers, the plastic around the Xbox button is part of the face of the controller. On controllers without Bluetooth, the plastic around the Xbox button is part of the top, where the bumpers are.

Notes

Number of Xbox controllers that can be simultaneously connected

Platform Via Xbox Wireless and USB Via Bluetooth
Xbox One console Xbox Wireless Controller only – 8
Xbox Wireless Controller and Xbox Chat Headset – 4
Xbox Wireless Controller and Xbox Stereo Headset – 2
Not supported
Windows 10 Xbox Wireless Controller only – 8
Xbox Wireless Controller and Xbox Chat Headset – 4
Xbox Wireless Controller and Xbox Stereo Headset – 2Note Wireless connection requires Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows
Xbox Wireless Controller only – 1 (recommended)

Notes

Connecting more than 1 controller to your device with Bluetooth may be possible, but performance can vary depending on your PC.

Requires Windows 10 Anniversary Edition and Xbox Wireless Controller with Bluetooth. See Windows Update: FAQ to learn how to get the latest Windows update.

For best performance, update your controller. See How to update your Xbox One Controller on Windows 10.

Windows 8.1 Xbox Wireless Controller only – 4
(audio through controller not supported)Note Wireless connection requires Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows
Not supported
Windows 7 Xbox Wireless Controller only – 4
(audio through controller not supported)Note Wireless connection requires Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows
Not supported

Connect your Xbox One Wireless Controller to your PC using Bluetooth

Follow these steps to pair your controller to your PC using Bluetooth:

  1. Make sure you have updated your PC to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. See Windows Update: FAQ to learn how to get the latest Windows update.
  2. For best performance, update your controller. See How to update your Xbox One Controller on Windows 10.
  3. Turn on your Xbox Wireless Controller by pressing the Xbox button.
  4. Press the controller bind button for three seconds and release.
  1. On your PC, select the Start button, and then select Settings > Devices > Bluetooth.
  2. Turn on Bluetooth so it can discover Bluetooth devices.
  1. Select Xbox Wireless Controller > Pair.

Troubleshoot Bluetooth Issues on Windows 10

My controller does not connect or disconnects unexpectedly when using Bluetooth

Solution 1: Restart your controller

  1. Power off the controller by pressing and holding the Xbox button  on the controller for 6 seconds.
  2. Press the Xbox button  again to power it back on.

Solution 2: Re-pair the device

  1. Go to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth.
  2. Select the controller and then select Remove device.
  3. Press the bind button on your controller.
  1. Select the controller and then select Pair.

Solution 3: Restart your PC

  1. Select the Windows icon.
  2. Select Power.
  3. Select Restart.

Note If your PC resources are being used for other activities, it may take up to 2 minutes for your PC to recognize and/or bind your controller via Bluetooth. If you experience a delay with your PC recognizing and/or binding your controller via Bluetooth, wait up to 2 minutes to see if this resolves the issue.

I can’t hear anything through my Stereo or Chat Headset

When your controller is connected via Bluetooth, audio devices are not supported. To use a headset, connect your controller directly to your PC by using a USB cable or the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows or connect your audio device directly to your PC.

The Xbox button on your controller blinks slowly and is unresponsive when using Bluetooth

Solution 1: Check that Bluetooth is enabled on your PC

On your PC, select the Start button, and then select Settings > Devices > Bluetooth.

If Bluetooth is not enabled, turn it on so your PC can discover Bluetooth devices.

Solution 2: Remove interference

Move closer to your PC and eliminate potential interference (such as from mobile phones or other Bluetooth devices).

Solution 3: Re-pair the device

  1. Go to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth.
  2. Select the Xbox Wireless controller, and then select Remove device.
  3. Press the bind button on your controller.

Solution 4: Try connecting again

Try connecting your Xbox Wireless Controller again and be sure to press and release the bind button.

The Xbox button on your controller blinks fast and continuously and is unresponsive when using Bluetooth

Solution 1: Check that Bluetooth is enabled on your PC

On your PC, select the Start button, and then select Settings > Devices > Bluetooth.

If Bluetooth is not enabled, turn it on so your PC can discover Bluetooth devices.

Solution 2: Remove interference

Move closer to your PC and eliminate potential interference (e.g., mobile phones or other Bluetooth devices).

Solution 3: Try connecting again

To allow your PC resources to free up, wait 2 minutes and then try connecting your controller to your PC again.

I’m asked for a passcode when pairing via Bluetooth

Solution 1: Restart your controller

  1. Power off the controller by pressing and holding the Xbox button  on the controller for 6 seconds.
  2. Press the Xbox button  again to power it back on.
  3. Connect your Xbox Wireless Controller to your PC using a USB cable or the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows.

 

  1. On your PC, go to Settings > Devices.
  2. Choose Add Bluetooth or other device.
  3. Select Everything else.
  4. Select Xbox Wireless Controller.
  5. Click Done.

https://support.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-on-windows/accessories/xbox-wireless-adapter-for-windows-setup

Set up the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows

You can set up your Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10 on any Windows 10 device, and you can set up the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows on any Windows 10, Windows 8.1, or Windows 7 tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. There are two steps to setting up the adapter—connecting the adapter to your device and binding your controller.

Connect the adapter to your device

Make sure that your Windows device is up to date and connected to the Internet.

Plug the adapter into a USB 2.0 or 3.0 port on your Windows device, and installation will happen automatically. Drivers for the adapter are built into the Windows operating system.

Note For more information, see Xbox Wireless Controller functionality across operating systems.

Drawing of a laptop computer with an Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows plugged into a USB port on the side

If you’re using the adapter on a desktop or other device in which the USB port doesn’t face the controller or is blocked by metallic objects, you should use the included USB extender so you’ll avoid wireless interference and have a good line of sight to your controller.

The Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows is pictured on a desk next to a monitor and attached by the USB extender to a tower computer located under the desk

Bind your controller

If you’ve used an Xbox One Wireless Controller before, you’ll be familiar with the binding process to pair a controller with a console, or in this case, the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows.

In a drawing, a dotted line shows an Xbox controller communicating with a laptop computer via the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows

Follow these steps to bind your controller to the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows:

  1. Connect the Xbox Wireless Adapter to your Windows 10 device (so it has power), and then push the button on the Xbox Wireless Adapter.
  2. Make sure the controller is powered on, and then press the controller bind button. The controller LED will blink while it’s connecting. Once it connects, the LED on the adapter and controller both go solid.

Some PCs, such as Microsoft Surface Studio, have Xbox Wireless built in. This enables you to connect your controller wirelessly by using Add a device in Settings. You can also use this method to connect using your Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows instead of pushing the button on the adapter.

  1. On your PC, go to Settings > Devices.
  2. Choose Add Bluetooth or other device.
  3. Select Everything else.
  4. Select Xbox Wireless Controller.
  5. Click Done.

If you have trouble setting up your adapter or controller, see Troubleshoot the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows.

 

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