Xbox Insiders can now customize the Share button on Xbox Series X, Series S controllers

Xbox 20th Anniversary Controller sitting on top of keyboard
Xbox 20th Anniversary Controller sitting on top of keyboard (Image credit: Dan Thorp-Lancaster | Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • The Share button was a great addition to the Xbox Wireless Controller with the Xbox Series X|S.
  • However, many have desired the ability to remap this button or customize it for other purposes.
  • On Monday, the Alpha Ring of the Xbox Insider Program released a new update testing this exact feature.
  • With the Xbox Accessories app, users can remap the Share button to accomplish any number of tasks, including accessing accessibility features.

One of the larger changes made to the Xbox Wireless Controller with the onset of the Xbox Series X|S console generation was the addition of a dedicated Share button. This move has since been replicated by many third-party controller manufacturers, and makes capturing and sharing your gameplay on Xbox easier than ever. However, many players have requested options to remap this button to do something else basically since the Xbox Series X and S were released. On Monday, the Xbox Insider Program began testing the feature on the Alpha Ring.

The Alpha Ring update (opens in new tab) is now available to Xbox Insiders enrolled in that branch, and includes two new features for users to test. While many players may appreciate the ability to edit the transparency of the broadcast bar when streaming from their console, the headlining feature is undoubtedly Share button remapping.

Through the Xbox Accessories app, players can now customize the Share button for the New Xbox Wireless Controller (the updated version that released with Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S). The Share button supports single-tap, double-tap, and long-press inputs, each of which can be assigned to a number of tasks.

Aside from the default sharing options, players can launch a specific app, control media playback and volume, open the Party or Friends screen, see Achievements for the current game, send a message, and much more. It seems you can also assign "No action," effectively disabling the button if you choose.

Another new series of useful actions also extends to the Xbox Elite Controller Series 2, Xbox Adaptive Controller, and the ChatPad controller accessory, all of which already featured remappable buttons. With this update, players can now remap the Share button or other remappable buttons to enable a myriad of accessibility options, including the narrator or magnifier, as well as toggling other options like high contrast, night mode, and color filters.

The update is available to download through the Alpha Ring of the Xbox Insider Program. If testing goes well, these features should officially release for everyone within the next few months. With the addition of these features, several of the best Xbox Series X|S controllers just got a lot more useful.

Zachary Boddy
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  • Well I be able to disable it? Because I'm sick of accidently pressing the button when I'm quickly menuing.
  • Yes, it seems you'll be able to assign "No action" to it, as well.
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  • This is good, but why limit the remapping at all? Using it to launch other apps or services like Party Chat or Achievements is handy, but we should be able to remap it to anything we want. If I want to make that my "A" button when pressed and "B" button when held, why can't I?
  • The Elite controllers allow remapping.
  • Don't forget that the elite and elite 2 allow remapping and one other thing that people seem to forget about... Shift keys! I love using shift keys on the elite. You can make every button do 2 things and that includes actions like take a screenshot or accesibility stuff. I use shift in Halo Infinite to make it the right trigger be both my fire button (obviously) and my ping button when I hold the shift key which I set to a paddle. That way I can easily and quickly ping enemies. Just to make sure I wasn't hurting my gameplay I monitored time between inputs and captured me playing a round. Aiming at an enemy then pinging them so everyone on the team could see them and then firing. So essentially time taken from Crosshair on target then ping then fire too an average of 250ms. That's roughly 30 frames of animation at 120fps or 15 frames of animation at 60 fps. Not bad if you ask me lol. Of course I won't do it if I'm being fired at, only if I have the jump on them. I wish more people pinged. This feature should be helpful to some people. I personally like having a share button and I'm pretty sure the elite 3 is coming soon since the elite has gotten a big price cut recently so if they plan to unveil it at what would be e3 or a little sooner as me usually does then the timing fits. Drop the price to clear out inventory then announce the new version.