How to Connect an Xbox Controller: A Step-by-Step Guide

Press and hold the Pair button  on your controller for three seconds (the Xbox button  will start flashing rapidly). On your PC, press the Start button , then choose Settings >, Devices >, Bluetooth &, other devices (on Windows 11: Settings >, Bluetooth &, devices). Turn on Bluetooth. More items...

Have you ever experienced losing sync between your Xbox One controller and console? If so, then you know how frustrating it can be to get it working again. But don’t worry, in this post, we’ll show you how to sync up your Xbox One controller in two easy ways.

Method 1: Using the Xbox One

The first method involves using your Xbox One console itself to sync up your controller. Simply turn on your controller and look down the side of it to find a small button. Press down on this button and within 20 seconds, press and hold the button in the middle of your Xbox One console until it starts flashing. This indicates that your controller is searching for a console to sync with. Once connected, your controller should start moving your characters around the screen.

Method 2: Using a Micro USB Cable

The second method involves using a micro USB cable to connect your controller to your console. This is done by plugging the USB end of the cable into one of the two USB ports at the back of your Xbox One console and the micro USB end into your controller. Once plugged in, your controller should automatically sync up with your console.

In conclusion, these two methods should help you to easily sync up your Xbox One controller with your console. No more frustration or headaches, just smooth gaming. And if you’re interested in learning how to use your Xbox One on a different TV, be sure to check out our upcoming post on that topic. Thanks for reading!


How do I get my Xbox to recognize my controller?
Press and hold the Xbox button until the controller turns on. Hit the Pair button located on the front right of the console. Press and hold the controller's Pair button—found at the top of the controller near the USB port—within 20 seconds to finish the pairing process.
Why is my Xbox One controller flashing and not connecting?
The batteries are low. Just plug in your controller to recharge its internal battery. Once it's charged, the blinking will stop.
Why is my Xbox controller not connecting to Xbox?
Some USB devices, including incompatible or defective USB cables, can interfere with wireless signals. Unplug all USB devices connected to your Xbox or PC (wireless hardware, external hard drives, other wired controllers, keyboards, and so on). Restart your Xbox or PC and try connecting the controller again.