How to Sync an Xbox One Controller

Ben Stegner Updated 16-12-2019

Wireless controllers are convenient, but connecting them can be a bit confusing. If you’re wondering how to connect an Xbox One controller to your console, you’ve come to the right place.


Whether you have bought a new controller and need to sync it to your Xbox One or have brought your controller over to a friend’s Xbox, it isn’t difficult to pair your Xbox One controller.

In this article we show you how to sync a controller to each model of the Xbox One, as well as a few tips if this doesn’t work for any reason.

How to Sync an Xbox One Controller to Your Console Wirelessly

  1. Turn on the Xbox One you want to sync with by pressing the Xbox button on the front of the system.
  2. Next, turn on your controller by holding the Xbox button for a moment. The Xbox button will flash, indicating that it’s looking for a console to sync with.
  3. Press and release the Bind button on your console.
    • On the Xbox One X and Xbox One S, you’ll find this small circular button at the bottom-right of your system, under the power button.
    • For the original model Xbox One, the button is on the left side of the console, right around the corner from the disc slot.
  4. After pressing the button on your console, press and hold the small circular Bind button on top of your controller. The Xbox button should flash a few times, then stay solid once connected.

How to Pair Your Xbox One Controller Using a Cable

If you’d rather, you can also use a micro-USB cable to pair your Xbox One controller and console.

Simply plug the cable into a USB port on Xbox, then connect the other end to your controller. Once they’re connected, press and hold the Xbox button on the controller to sync them. You can disconnect the cable to use the controller wirelessly after the syncing completes.



How to Sync an Xbox Controller to Your PC

We’ve written a full guide explaining how to connect your Xbox One controller to a Windows PC 3 Ways to Connect an Xbox One Controller to PC Want to connect an Xbox One controller to your PC? Here are three easy methods for how to use an Xbox One controller on PC. Read More . Follow those steps to use your existing controller with your favorite PC games.

Can’t Connect Your Xbox One Controller?

The above steps should sync your Xbox controller and console in most cases. But if pairing doesn’t work, try these tips:

  • Try replacing the batteries in the controller. If you use the Xbox One Play and Charge Kit for rechargeable batteries, make sure your controller is charged.
  • Keep the controller close to the console when you sync it. The wireless connection between your console and controller has a range of about 20-30 feet.
  • Turn off any other wireless devices (like microwaves or laptops) that are close to the Xbox and controller to reduce interference.
  • Fully restart your console by holding the Xbox button on the front of the system for about 10 seconds. Disconnect the power cable for at least 30 seconds, then reconnect it and turn on your system again.
  • Remember that you can only have eight controllers connected to the system at once.

When you press the Xbox button on your controller, it tries to connect to the system it was last paired to. If you have multiple Xbox One consoles, your controller thus might be connecting to another system as soon as you turn it on.

Try fully shutting down and unplugging any other Xbox One systems in your vicinity to avoid this overlap. This also applies when you’re trying to connect an Xbox One controller to a PC when the controller is already paired with your nearby console.


Still Having Trouble? Try Fixing Your Xbox Controller

Now you know the methods to pair your Xbox One controller with any model of the console and you can get playing the awesome Xbox One exclusives. It’s not difficult, so if you run into a problem, you may have an issue with your controller.

In that case, take a look at our troubleshooting guide for the Xbox One controller Xbox One Controller Not Working? 4 Tips on How to Fix It! Is your Xbox One controller not working? This guide will help if your Xbox controller won't connect, keeps disconnecting, won't power on, and more. Read More . These tips will help you fix your controller when something goes wrong.

Related topics: Game Controller, Troubleshooting, Xbox One.

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  1. Jeff
    June 5, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    It worked...
    God bless you random person. God bless

  2. Unknown
    May 30, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Tried to connect my controller to the Xbox but didn’t work, tried rebooting it, didn’t work. I turn it on and it asks for my Xbox to update even though my controller is still blinking?? I am confused.

  3. Lee
    January 14, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Helpful! Thanks!

  4. Sophia
    June 2, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    When you told me to reboot it, did you take the fact that it would wipe my whole game?

    • Ben Stegner
      June 3, 2018 at 8:24 pm

      Rebooting your Xbox shouldn't delete any of save data. If you had a game running, of course turning the system off and back on would stop the game.

  5. Robert Schmandt
    February 2, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Yes, please make more blog posts about different aspects of manuals for different devices since everybody is to stupid to read them.

    Here are some ideas for further blogposts: How to switch on your coffee maker. How to switch channels on your TV and how to start your car.

    • Ben Stegner
      February 2, 2018 at 4:01 pm

      Believe it or not, a lot of people search for this particular topic. Though you might find it basic, other people need some help with it.

      If a particular article isn't applicable for you, I recommend finding another one that is. We can't make everyone happy with every article!

    • Sophia
      June 2, 2018 at 8:06 pm

      You are calling everyone stupid when you can't even spell "too"

      • Grayson
        December 23, 2019 at 9:30 pm

        First off. Idk why ur so mad. And there is nothing wrong with what he wrote😂