How to Sync an Xbox One Controller
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Bought a new controller and need to sync it to your Xbox One? You’ll also need to do this if you bring your controller to a friend’s Xbox. Whatever the case, it’s not hard to sync your Xbox One controller.

We’ll show you how to sync it to each model of the Xbox One Xbox One X vs. Xbox One S vs. Xbox One: What Are the Differences? Xbox One X vs. Xbox One S vs. Xbox One: What Are the Differences? Got your eye on the new Xbox One X? Find out how it's different from the Xbox One S and original Xbox One and see which one is best for you. Read More , as well as a few tips if it doesn’t work.

How to Sync an Xbox One Controller

  1. Turn on the Xbox One you want to sync with.
  2. Next, turn on your controller by pressing the Xbox button. The Xbox button will flash, indicating that it’s looking for a console to sync with.
  3. Press and release the Connect button on your console. On the Xbox One X and Xbox One S, you’ll find this 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. Press and hold the Connect button on your controller. You’ll find this small circular button on the top of your controller. The Xbox button should flash a few times, then stay solid once connected.

If you’d rather, you can also plug a micro-USB cable into your Xbox, then connect it to your controller and press the Xbox button to sync them. This also works for syncing your Xbox One controller to a PC How to Set Up Your Xbox One Controller With Windows 10 How to Set Up Your Xbox One Controller With Windows 10 Microsoft has made it very easy to use an Xbox controller on Windows 10. We show you how to connect it through USB or wirelessly. Read More .

If pairing doesn’t work, try these tips:

  • Try replacing the batteries in the controller. If you use the rechargeable battery pack Great Gift Ideas Under $50 For Xbox Owners Great Gift Ideas Under $50 For Xbox Owners Buying a gift for an Xbox gamer can be tricky. What do you do? We've collated the following list of sub-$50 accessories for Xbox owners. Read More , make sure it’s charged.
  • Keep the controller close to the console when you sync it.
  • Turn off any other wireless devices, like microwaves or laptops, close to the Xbox and controller to reduce interference.
  • Reboot your console by holding the Xbox button on the front of the system for about 10 seconds.
  • Note that you can only have eight controllers connected to the system at once.

Do you prefer to use the wireless method or wires to sync your controller? What Xbox games have you played recently? Tell us in the comments!

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  1. 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.

  2. 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"