How to Connect an Xbox Controller to an Xbox

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There are two ways to pair a controller with an Xbox console. Xbox One and Xbox Series controllers are compatible with both generations of consoles, which means you can use your old controllers on your new console (and vice versa).

Pair a controller with a USB cable

The easiest way to pair a controller is to use a USB cable. Make sure your console is turned on, then connect one end of the cable to your controller and the other end to the USB-A port on your console. Power on the controller by holding down the Xbox button on the front and it should pair with the console instantly.

If the controller has an AA or rechargeable battery (which still has a charge), you can now remove the USB cable and use the controller wirelessly. If you have no battery or the charge has run out, you will need to keep the USB cable connected to power the controller.

An Xbox Wireless Controller with a USB Type-C cable
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Once your controller is paired, you can charge it using another USB device like a power bank or wall adapter, which may be more convenient if you don’t have a long enough USB cable.

An Xbox Series X or Series S controller connects using a USB-C connection, while the original Xbox One controller uses a mini-USB. The Xbox Series X comes with a compatible USB cable in the box, but Xbox One owners may need to purchase a Play and Charge Kit.

Xbox One Play & Charge Kit

Xbox One Play & Charge Kit

This kit includes a rechargeable battery and a USB-A to mini-USB connection designed for the original Xbox One controller. Please note that newer Xbox Series X controllers use a different connection (USB-C).

Pair a controller via Bluetooth

If you can’t find a USB cable and you have a controller that powers up (with a battery), you can always pair via Bluetooth. First, turn on your console and wait for it to boot up. Then turn on the controller by pressing and holding the Xbox button on the front.

Now look for the pairing button on your console. On Xbox Series X and Series S, this button is located next to the USB-A port on the front of the console.

Pairing button on Xbox Series X
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On Xbox One X and One S, the button is located on the right side of the console, near the Xbox button.

Match button on Xbox One S
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On the original Xbox One console, the button is located on the left edge of the console, around the corner near the optical drive slot.

Match button on Xbox One
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Press this button and the Xbox will go into pairing mode. Now press and hold the pairing button on your Xbox Wireless Controller, located along the top edge of the controller.

Xbox series controller pairing button
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The Xbox button will flash to indicate it’s in pairing mode, then it should pair with the nearby Xbox console.

Xbox emulators, Game Pass and more

Xbox Series X and Series S can play arcade and retro games when you install an emulator, play Game Pass titles with an active subscription, use Xbox Cloud Gaming, and are packed with features like Auto HDR and FPS Boost to give old titles a new lease of life. of life.

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