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, as well as a few tips if it doesn’t work.
How to Sync an Xbox One Controller
- Turn on the Xbox One you want to sync with.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
If pairing doesn’t work, try these tips:
- Try replacing the batteries in the controller. If you use the rechargeable battery pack, 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!