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How to Pair Xbox One Controller with Xbox One, Xbox One S or Windows 10

Jun 23, 2017
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Whether you want to kill enemies in Halo, or drift through the corners on Forza, you’re going to need a nice Xbox controller. You can either use the standard wireless Xbox One controller, the Xbox One S controller, or for extra buttons, the Xbox One Elite Controller. A great thing about every single one of these controllers is that you can either use them on both a normal Xbox One and the new Xbox One S.

Since Xbox is a console by Microsoft, all three controllers can be used on computers that are running Windows 10 as well. Some games are simply better played using an Xbox One controller, instead of the old mouse and keyboard combination. In this article, you will learn how to pair an Xbox One controller with an Xbox One console, an Xbox One S console and a computer that is running Windows 10.

How to Pair an Xbox One Controller with the Xbox One Console

Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Controller

Pairing your Xbox One controller with your Xbox One console is essential. If you don’t pair your controller with your console, you will not be able to play any games. Follow the next steps to successfully pair your Xbox One wireless controller with your Xbox One console:

  • Make sure your Xbox One controller is turned on by holding the “Xbox” button
  • Find the “Pairing” button at the top of your controller, right next to the USB port
  • Hold down the “Pairing” button on your controller
  • Hold down the “Pairing” button on your Xbox One console
  • The power button will start flashing
  • The pairing will be complete ones the lights turn solid

How to Pair an Xbox One S Controller with the Xbox One S Console

Microsoft Xbox One S Wireless Controller

Pairing your Xbox One S controller with your Xbox One S console works in essentially the same was as mentioned above. The only difference being that the pairing button on an Xbox One S console is located at a different location of the console, compared to the regular Xbox One console. Follow the next steps to pair your Xbox One S controller with your Xbox One S:

  • Make sure your Xbox One S controller is turned on by holding the “Xbox” button
  • Find the “Pairing” button at the top of your controller, right next to the USB port
  • Hold down the “Pairing” button on your controller
  • Hold down the “Pairing” button on your Xbox One console
  • The power button will start flashing
  • The pairing will be complete ones the lights turn solid

How to Pair an Xbox One Controller with Windows 10

An Xbox One controller can be paired with a computer that is running Windows 10. You can use your Xbox One controller to play games on your Windows 10 computer. Most people are used to playing computer games using the keyboard and mouse combination. However, it is possible that you are used to console gaming, and you rather use your Xbox One controller to play games on your Windows 10 computer. Or maybe you just want don’t want to sit at your desk, and want to connect your Xbox One controller so you can play from a distance.

You can pair your Xbox One controller to your Windows 10 computer in three different ways. It is up to you to decide which way works the best for you. You can either pair your Xbox One controller to your Windows 10 computer by using cables, by Bluetooth or by using the Xbox Wireless Adapter. Below is explained how to connect using all three methods.

How to Pair an Xbox One Controller with Windows 10 using Cables

Microsoft Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller

Pairing your Xbox One controller with Windows 10 using cables is probably the easiest way. This will both connect your controller to your computer, as well as charge it up when need be. If your Xbox One controller is running out of juice, you can easily charge it up by pairing it with your computer. Follow these steps to pair your Xbox One controller using cables:

  • Find a compatible micro-USB cable (the one that came with the Xbox One controller is the best one to use, since it is fully compatible with the controller)
  • Connect the micro-USB cable to the micro-USB port at the top of your controller
  • Connect the other end of the micro-USB cable to one of your computer’s USB ports
  • If you are running Windows 10, the controller should automatically get recognized
  • If it is the first time you are pairing your Xbox One controller with your Windows 10 computer, allow the system to download the necessary drivers

How to Pair an Xbox One Controller with Windows 10 using Bluetooth

If you are using an Xbox One controller to play games on your Windows 10 computer, you’re probably going to want to play wirelessly. The first method of doing so is by connecting your Xbox One controller with your Windows 10 computer by using Bluetooth. This method does require your Windows 10 computer to support Bluetooth. If it doesn’t support Bluetooth, skip this method. Follow these steps to pair your Xbox One controller using Bluetooth:

  • Make sure your Xbox One controller is turned on by holding the “Xbox” button
  • Go to Devices > Bluetooth and make sure that Bluetooth has been turned on
  • Allow your computer to search for compatible devices
  • Hold down the “Pairing” button on your controller
  • Your system should find the Xbox One Wireless Controller
  • Click on “Pair” to pair your Xbox One controller with Windows 10 using Bluetooth

How to Pair an Xbox One Controller with Windows 10 using Xbox Wireless Adapter

It is possible that you have the standard Xbox One controller, which doesn’t have Bluetooth build into it. Or perhaps your computer doesn’t support Bluetooth. In those cases, you can buy a special Xbox Wireless Adapter that allows you to pair Xbox One controller with your Windows 10 computer. The Xbox Wireless Adapter is compatible with any Windows 10 PC.

  • Find and purchase the Xbox Wireless Adapter
  • Connect the Xbox Wireless Adapter to your Windows 10 computer
  • If it is the first time you connecting the Xbox Wireless Adapter to your Windows 10 computer, allow the system to download the necessary drivers
  • Make sure your Xbox One controller is turned on by holding the “Xbox” button
  • Find the “Pairing” button at the top of your controller, right next to the USB port
  • Hold down the “Pairing” button on your controller
  • Hold down the “Pairing” button found on the Xbox Wireless Adapter
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Sinan Yildiz
Sinan Yildiz is a Freelance Reviews Writer at AppInformers and enjoys writing about games and apps way more than he should. He is passionate about technology, likes to develop websites as a hobby and is a PC gaming fanatic. He dreams of being a video game writer and seeing his work in AAA games one day.