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How to Connect, Pair & Sync Your Xbox Controller on PC/Xbox

If you’re a gamer, chances are you use an Xbox controller to play your games. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to connect, pair and sync your Xbox controller on both PC and Xbox. This will allow you to use your controller to its fullest potential when playing your favourite games. So, let’s get started!

How to Connect Your Xbox Controller to Your PC?

There are three main ways in which you can connect, pair, and sync your Xbox controller to your PC.

However, the controller will be unpaired on your console after you connect it to your PC. As a result, you’ll need to pair it again from the start to your console after using the controller on your PC and vice versa.

Wireless

To connect with Xbox Wireless, some PCs have it already built-in, whereas others don’t. If your device doesn’t have it, you’ll need to get a Xbox Wireless Adapter to complete the following steps.

Make sure you’re using Windows 10 or 11 for best results then follow these steps:

  1. Connect the Xbox Wireless Adapter to your PC if you require one. Some PCs have Xbox Wireless built-in. If this is the case with your computer, all you have to do now is set it up and make sure it’s ready to use.
  2. Turn on your controller via the Xbox button.
  3. You’ll notice your controller starting to flicker light. On the Xbox Wireless Adapter, press and hold the Pair button.
  4. When the flashing stops, that indicates that the devices are linked.

USB Cable

USB cable connection is straightforward. Check that you’re using the right type of cable for the controller. Next, insert the cable to your controller and PC.

Switch the controller on. If your PC is unable to identify the controller for whatever reason, switch it off, wait 10 seconds, and then switch it back on. You can also try unplugging and reinserting the cable.

Bluetooth

Bluetooth is one of the good options to connect your controller. However, you need to keep in mind that it has some drawbacks.

Some attachments won’t work with the controller if it’s connected via Bluetooth. Moreover, it’s been known to cause latency problems.

If you’re willing to give it a try, follow these steps:

  1. Turn on your Xbox Wireless Controller.
  2. Hold the controller Pair button down until the Xbox button begins to flash.
  3. To begin, press the Start button. After that, select ‘Settings.’ Then choose ‘Devices’.
  4. Enable Bluetooth by selecting ‘Bluetooth & other devices’.
  5. Select  ‘Add Bluetooth or other devices.’
  6. Select “Xbox Wireless Controller” from the drop-down menu. Wait until the Bluetooth menu indicates that the controller is paired.

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How to Connect Your Xbox Controller on Your Xbox One/Series X?

You can connect, pair, and sync your Xbox controller on the console. There are two methods you can try: go wireless or use a USB cable.

In case you’re wondering, the Xbox One controller is compatible with all Series X/S devices, and vice versa. However, older Xbox controllers, like the Xbox 360, won’t work.

Wireless

If you want to connect your controller wirelessly, it’s better to use rechargeable batteries. Batteries tend to drain faster when going wireless. So, it’s handy to use rechargeable batteries that come with a charger port.

Once you’re ready to connect, follow these steps:

  1. Turn on the controller after inserting charged batteries.
  2. Hold down the controller’s Pair button. The Pair button is located on the front of the Xbox Series X, above the USB connector. On the Xbox Series S, the pair button is located next to the USB port.
  3. The controller’s blinking light indicates that it is looking for devices to connect to. When it lights up, it implies that the two devices have been successfully paired.

USB Cable

Using a USB cable is a no-fuss way to sync your controller. Plus, it eliminates latency problems caused by a wireless connection.

Bear in mind that if you’re using cables, standard batteries won’t operate the controller. You’ll need a USB-C.

When you purchase your Xbox, it should come with all the necessary cables. If you would like to buy a new one, any USB-C charge and sync cable should do.

Older Xbox controllers, such as the Xbox One controller, use micro-USB rather than USB-C. So, you have to keep in mind that different controllers need different cables.

Place the cable into the USB port on the Xbox and controller. Once they’re connected, hold the Xbox button on the controller to sync the devices together.

How to Update Your Xbox Controller?

Microsoft is always seeking new ways to please its customers, which is why they’re always coming up with new and improved updates. So, it helps to know whether your controller is up to date or not.

Take a look.

Console

If you want to update your controller via your console, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Xbox button
  2. Select ‘Settings’ from the ‘Profile & System’ menu.
  3. The ‘Settings’ menu will have some options. Click on ‘Devices & Connections’, and then choose ‘Accessories.’
  4. To check which firmware version is installed, select the three dots on the Xbox Wireless Controller screen.
  5. If there are no updates available, then you’re all set. However, if you need to install any updates, simply follow the directions provided on the display.

PC

You can update your controller on PC by using the Xbox Accessories app. You can download it for free on the Microsoft Store.

Once you download it, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Xbox Accessories app.
  2. Use a USB cable or the Xbox Wireless Adaptor to link your Xbox Wireless Controller to your PC.
  3. The notification “Update Required” will appear if your controller requires an update.

It’s worth noting that updating the controller via Bluetooth can cause lagging issues or other technical problems. Hence, it’s better if you perform the update while using a USB cable.

Conclusion

Now that we’ve shown you how to connect, pair, and sync your Xbox controller on Xbox/PC, gaming has never been simpler. You can connect them through different methods.

When it comes to the PC, you can use a USB cable, Bluetooth, or a wireless connection.

Remember to fully charge your controller and make sure it’s up-to-date. Now, you’re ready to lead your team to victory.

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