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How to pair a wireless Xbox Bluetooth controller with your Xbox One, mobile device, or Windows 10 PC

Microsoft has a bunch of different controller configurations available for the Xbox One line at the moment. There's the high-powered Xbox One Elite Controller, the refreshed Xbox One standard controller with 3.5mm audio jack, and the all-new Xbox One S controller with textured grips and Bluetooth.

Whichever controller you decide to pick up for your Xbox One, here's a quick and handy guide on how to pair them to your console.

How to pair an Xbox wireless controller with your Xbox One

  1. Hold the Xbox button on the controll to turn it on.
  2. Press and hold the pairing button on your controller until the Xbox logo starts flashing. The button is situated on top of the controller next to the micro-USB port.
  3. Press the pairing button on your console until the power button starts flashing. The photographs below illustrate the location of the pairing button on the Xbox One and Xbox One S.This should pair the controller. Once paired, the lights should turn solid.

Note: You can also pair the Xbox One controller to your console by connecting it to the Xbox using a micro-USB to USB charging cable.

How to pair a Bluetooth Xbox controller with your Windows 10 PC

Xbox Design Lab

Xbox controller (Image credit: Windows Central)

If you have a controller from the Xbox Design Lab or the one bundled with the Xbox One S, it will have Bluetooth support. Here's how you pair it to a Windows 10 PC that supports Bluetooth.

  1. Open the Start Menu.
  2. Open Settings.
  3. Click on Devices.
  4. Click on Bluetooth. Your computer will start scanning for nearby Bluetooth devices.
  5. Press and hold the Xbox button on your controller to turn it on.
  6. Hold the pairing button on your controller. It can be found at the top of the Xbox One controller next to the USB port. After a short time the controller will appear in the available Bluetooth devices on your computer.
  7. Click on Pair. You computer will pair with the controller and you'll be ready to go.

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How to pair an Xbox controller with your Windows 10 PC using the Xbox Wireless Adapter

If you don't have the Xbox One controller with Bluetooth, you can purchase the Xbox Wireless Adapter that's compatible with any Windows 10 device and the standard Xbox One controller. Here's how to pair those.

  1. Plug the Xbox Wireless Adapter USB dongle into your PC. It should automatically download and install the necessary drivers.
  2. Press and hold the Xbox button on your controller to turn it on.
  3. Hold the pairing button on your controller. It can be found at the top of the Xbox One controller next to the USB port.
  4. Hold the pairing button on the USB adapter (it is located on the upper side of the dongle). The adapter's lights should flash and then turn solid, pairing the controller to your PC.

Note: Just like on Xbox, you can pair a standard controller using a micro-USB to USB cable.

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Other controller resources

Microsoft's Xbox controllers are some of the best on the market, and there are all sorts of options for customization and more. Here's a few links you might find interesting.

Jez Corden
Jez Corden

Jez Corden is a Senior Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!

26 Comments
  • Now Jez Corden here is becoming my favorite writer at Windows Central. He touches on all the things I  can think of and wanna know. Nice write-up bro and keep it up.
  • Such a bummer my elite is not Bluetooth, I hate the adaptor
  • Agree
  • It wouldn't be so bad either if the adapter wasn't so massive.
  • Yeah, could be quarter of the size really
  • Perhaps the adaptor provides better connection since it's not using Bluetooth, which can get bogged down at times. In many games, input latency is the difference between winning and losing.
  • then just use a Wired connection
  • If the Xbox one S cotroller connected to Windows 10 PC via bluetooth, will it recognized as xbox controller or another general bluetooth controller?? (need emulator to run)
  • It shows as an Xbox controller
  • I want to buy this one. I use Xbox 360 controllers and I was thinking about upgrading to the Xbox One controller, but the wireless receiver is hard to find and relatively expensive here. I'd rather get this one and use BT dongles or just connect to stuff. Is this sold standalone besides the customization thing you can order from MS? Does the Elite Controller support BT? It would be a nice idea to give that one a refresh.
  • The Xbox One S controller is sold standalone for $59.99 USD or $74.99 CAD the Elite controller doesn't support Bluetooth.
  • Is the support for connecting the Xbox one controller wirelessly without any adapter coming to Windows 10??
  • Supposedly it's already implemented, if not, I guess it came with Anniversary. But this is about this new BT controller which comes with Xbox One S.
  • Will these new controllers currently pair with Windows 10 Mobile over Bluetooth? I know I've connected my OG Xbox One controller via USB to the Display Dock and they work that way
  • The article "Xbox Design Lab custom controller unboxing and hands-on!" shows the new controller successfully paired to W10M.
  • When we say grips on the controller, are talking about the rubberized ones that came with the forza 6 and white lunar controllers, or different grips?
  • From images of the new controller, it looks like a surface (silicone?) applique as opposed to discrete rubber sections.
  • how good are xbox controller battery? will it last 6 months?
     
  • HAHA, no, the controllers use 2 AA batteries which will last about 20-30 hours or so. So i guess if you only game that amount in a 6 month period then it will last 6 months.
  • Or just get rechargeable batteries unlike PS 4 have to buy another controller... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android (LG V10 or Nexus 5x)
  • The original Xbox One Play & Charge Kit works with the new XB1S controller. I've only just gotten mine but there are positive reviews from owners who've been using them since release.
  • Does the wireless adapter work with a 360 controller?
  • forget about Xbox 360 controllers as those are last generation and will not work for all games on Windows 10 devices (PC, Phone, Xbox, HoloLens)
  • Glad to know!
  • Can I use xbox 360 controller with Win10 laptop or will I need to buy xbox one controller too?
  • Are there any bluetooth dongle recommendations to use with The new Xbox One S controller and a desktop PC?