How to Sync Xbox One Controller to Console Wirelessly?

How to sync Xbox one controller? While wireless controllers are convenient, connecting them can be a bit of a hassle. We’ll explain how to connect an Xbox One or Xbox Series X controller to your Xbox console.

The process of pairing your Xbox One controller isn’t complicated, no matter whether you bought a new controller and need to sync it, or brought your controller over to play on a friend’s Xbox.

Below, we show you how to sync an Xbox controller with any Xbox console. The Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S are included. We will also cover a few tips if pairing doesn’t work.

The Xbox One controller can be synced wirelessly to your console

For connecting your Xbox controller to your Xbox, wireless pairing is the most convenient method. Follow these steps to connect your controller wirelessly:

  • Turn on the Xbox One or Xbox Series XS you want to sync with by pressing the Xbox button on the front.
  • Holding the Xbox button on the controller for a few seconds will turn your controller on. During this process, the Xbox button will flash, indicating that it’s looking for a console to sync with.
  • Simply press and hold the Pair button on your console.
    • You’ll find the Pair button next to the USB port on the front of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
    • You’ll find the small circular Pair button at the bottom-right of your Xbox One X or Xbox One S, just under the power button.
    • The pair button is located on the left side of the Xbox One, around the corner from the disc slot.
  • Once you have pressed the Pair button on your console, hold the small circular Pair button on top of your Xbox controller. Once connected, the Xbox button on the controller should flash a few times then stay solid.

Once your Xbox One controller is paired, you can use it to navigate the home screen and play games.

Using a cable to pair your Xbox One controller

You can also use a micro-USB cable to pair your Xbox One controller with your Xbox console. Instead, you’ll need to use a USB-C cable to connect the Xbox Series XS controller.

Connect the other end of the cable to your controller, then plug the cable into a USB port on your Xbox. Press the Xbox button on the controller to sync them. After the syncing is complete, you can disconnect the cable to use the controller wirelessly.

Syncing an Xbox Controller with Your PC

Our guide explains how to connect your Xbox controller to your Windows PC in detail. Follow these steps to use your existing Xbox One or Xbox Series X controller with your favorite PC games.

Is it possible to use Xbox Series XS controllers on Xbox One?

The Xbox Series XS controller looks nearly identical to the Xbox One controller. In reality, Microsoft has built forward and backward compatibility into these controllers.

Therefore, Xbox One controllers can be used on Xbox Series X and Series S. Xbox One controllers can also be used on Xbox Series X. If you’re short on controllers, this is a convenient way to play multiplayer games on either console.

Since the controllers are near-identical, you won’t lose out on anything major if you use the Xbox One controller with an Xbox Series S. The Xbox One controller lacks a dedicated Share button, but that’s not essential for gameplay. Other improvements include improved grip textures and an improved D-pad.

Can’t Connect Your Xbox One Controller?

Most of the time, the above steps should sync your Xbox controller and console. If not, try these troubleshooting tips:

  • Try replacing the batteries in the controller. Make sure your controller is charged if you use the Xbox One Play and Charge Kit or Xbox Rechargeable Battery attachment. Make sure you’re using the right cable to connect and charge the controller.
  • While you sync the controller, keep it close to the console. Your wireless connection between your console and controller has a range of about 20-30 feet, so if you go further, it may disconnect.
  • To reduce interference, turn off any other wireless devices (such as microwaves or laptops) near the Xbox and controller.
  • You can restart your console by holding the Xbox button on the front of the system for about 10 seconds. Connect the power cable to the console for at least 30 seconds, then reconnect it and turn the system back on.

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