How To Connect Your Wiimote To Your PC

Christian Cawley 08-08-2012

connect wiimote to pcHow do you prefer to interact with your computer? Sometimes a mouse and keyboard just isn’t enough. Depending on what you’re doing, a completely different interface method is required for you to get the most out of your computer. Personally, I use a trackball and keyboard, for gaming as well as standard use, and there are many Windows computer owners who prefer to do the majority of their work using a graphical tablet and stylus.


Elsewhere on MakeUseOf we’ve covered methods for connecting PS3 controllers and Xbox 360 controllers to your PC – but did you know that it is also possible to interact with your computer via the Wiimote?

Once you’ve successfully established a connection, the device can then be used for various purposes. Its motion sensor enables you to use the Wiimote as a pointing device, for instance, useful for conducting presentations…

What You’ll Need to Get Started

If you own a Nintendo Wii or have access to a Wiimote (they can be picked up relatively inexpensively from eBay or pawnbrokers) then you will be able to take advantage of the device’s wireless connectivity and use it with Windows.

In order to get started, you will need the following:

  • Internal Bluetooth or an external USB Bluetooth dongle
  • A Nintendo Wiimote

Begin by ensuring that your Bluetooth receiver is correctly setup. A USB device should self-install on Windows 7, although you may need to install drivers from a disc. Check the dongle’s documentation for the full procedure.


Success with this depends on the Bluetooth receiver; some are unsuitable for accepting connections from a Wiimote. As such, you will need to do some testing.

(Before proceeding, please be aware that some USB Bluetooth adaptors will be unsuitable for this task. Whether or not the following steps work will depend on the build and chipset of the device you are using. Similarly some on-board Bluetooth receivers may prove problematic.)

Connecting Your WiiMote

To find out whether or not your Bluetooth is capable of communication with your Wiimote you will need to attempt to establish a basic connection.

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When you’re ready to begin, open Start > Control Panel > Add a device and then hold the 1 and 2 buttons on your Wiimote. Windows should detect the device (as Nintendo RVL-CNT-01) and add it, before asking you to select a pairing option – you don’t need to choose a passcode to pair this type of device, however, so skip this.

To check that the Wiimote has been connected open Start > Control Panel > View devices and printers, then look for Nintendo RVL-CNT-01 listed under Devices. With the device successfully connected you can then begin configuration!

If You’re Using BlueSoleil

Some Bluetooth hardware requires the BlueSoleil drivers and software in order for it to be used with other applications and services. If the previous steps don’t work, try the following.

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Go to the BlueSoleil support site, download the drivers and extract the ZIP file. Run Setup.exe and follow any instructions that are displayed until the process is completed. Note that you will need to restart Windows in order to proceed. BlueSoleil requires a 19.99 Euro payment in order for you to use the software to its full capacity, but the evaluation terms are sufficient for trying it out. Additionally if the driver software shipped with your Bluetooth adaptor then you shouldn’t need to pay this charge or download anything else from their website.

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When you have restarted Windows, launch the BlueSoleil software by double-clicking the Bluetooth icon in the Windows System Tray. Next, hold the 1 and 2 buttons on your Wiimote and double click the orange sphere in the BlueSoleil window – your Nintendo Wiimote should be listed, so right-click this and select Search Services.

One icon – a mouse – will be highlighted at the top of the window. Double-click this and your device will then be listed as Nintendo RVL-CNT-01 – connection is complete, as indicated by the dotted green line between your device icon and the orange sphere!


With this stage complete, you can now use your Wiimote with Windows applications.

Using the WiiMote With Your Computer

In order to use the Wiimote in Windows, you will need to add the appropriate software.

You’re unlikely to have any aspirations to use the Wiimote for running Microsoft Word, but what about a bit of gaming?

There are two utilities that can help here. The first is GlovePie [No Longer Available], a free tool that is capable of acting as an interface for not just Wiimotes but also Kinect and PS3 controllers, among many others. This software has a lot of applications, perhaps worthy of its own dedicated post.

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Second is Wiinremote [Broken URL Removed], intended specifically for the Wiimote. After downloading the latest version of Wiinremote you will be able to configure your Wiimote to act as a wireless controller, not just for gaming but general use in Windows – this might prove useful when giving PowerPoint presentations, for instance.

Double-click Wiinremote.exe to proceed, where you will see a basic summary of the controls and the motion sensor. Note that without an IR receiver you will be unable to accurately use the Wiimote as a pointing device although the motion sensor does do a pretty good job of things.

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Via Options > Preferences you can configure all of the options and button-mappings necessary to make the Wiimote your single-point user interface!


The Nintendo Wii has been a popular home console since 2006, and its controllers and user interface have revolutionized home video gaming. In turn, these developments have informed how we use out computers, leading to all manner of wireless and controller-less innovations.

Using a Nintendo Wiimote as a new user interface device for Windows is surprisingly easy and can have a number of uses from the usual gaming to more impressive applications such as conducting a PowerPoint presentation or using it as a remote control in a Windows home theatre.

Have you tried using your Wiimote with Windows? Do you prefer it for gaming, presentations or as a home theatre remote? Let us known in the comments below!

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  1. Cristina
    October 19, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    Hi! I'm trying to connect my wii remote to my MacBook Pro by using bluetooth but it doesn't work. It doesn't appear for pairing. What should I do?

  2. JADEN
    August 13, 2017 at 7:44 pm


  3. Joost
    February 11, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Tried it with and without Blue Soleil, but it doesn't work on my Windows 8.1 laptop.

    Without BlueSoleil Windows detects the Wii remote, pairs with it and when I start WiinRemote it shows a Wii Remote and the status bar says Active, but all values remain 0

    Also with BlueSoleil it connnects, Blue Soleil says it has a mouse, so I would expect the curss to move when I move the Wii Remote, but nothing happens.

  4. Anonymous
    August 18, 2015 at 9:59 am

    when i try to use wiinmote.exe it works a bit then freezes, help! and can i configure it is a joypad for emulators (vba 1.8), i have win xp

    • David Kim
      November 22, 2016 at 9:46 am

      Try downloading wiinmote.exe or program from other sources.
      I am not pretty sure why you are having this kind of problems, but to me (personal experience) it worked to me. It was not pairing a wiimote, but in the other problem I had with different subjects, it worked well.
      Plus the link is, as of right now the link is shouted down. So, I guess you can download it from other sources' link.
      I am not a writer of this post, but yeah, haha I'm righting this down. {I don't understand why I am writing this down, ever since I am not even the writer} yeah I hope you have a good day!

  5. Michael Symian
    May 29, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Whenever I add the Wii Remote it always disappears once the Wii Remote powers down. Why is this?

  6. Wii Addict
    May 1, 2015 at 12:27 am

    Ok...So it says on my Windows 8.1 its paired but when I run WiinRemote "No Wii remote Detected" and yes I m still mashing the 1 + 2 Buttons

    • Christian Cawley
      May 1, 2015 at 5:12 pm

      Curious. Do you have a spare Wiimote to test as an alternative?

  7. Andrew Moseley
    January 22, 2013 at 8:48 am

    it wont work, i cant get it to skip. it keeps telling me to put in the passcode and wont let me skip

    • Christian Cawley
      January 22, 2013 at 8:56 am

      Hey Andrew - have you tried not skipping? Some Bluetooth hardware is stricter about this than others

    • Happy Helpful
      March 26, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      It did this to me. If you are on windows 8 or 8.1, go to PC Settings (metro app) > PC and Devices > Bluetooth > hold 1 & 2 buttons on wiimote > click Nintendo RVL-CNT-01 > Next > Next Again > and it should work. Now, Control Panel will work as well! Hope this helps!

  8. kendall sencherey
    October 8, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    that is soo cool will be trying it out, i will get a wii remoter and try it out. thanks.

  9. Josiah Brunne
    September 16, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Great! Now I can Play Minecraft!!