How to Update Your Xbox Controller: A Step-by-Step Guide

Keeping your Xbox controller updated with the latest firmware is crucial to ensure that it performs optimally. The latest firmware updates not only provide bug fixes but also deliver important improvements to the controller. Updating your Xbox controller is a straightforward process that can be done wirelessly, using a USB connection, or through a PC. In this guide, we will take you through the steps to update your Xbox controller and improve your gaming experience.

Before we get started, it is important to note that the steps for updating the controller are the same for both Xbox Series X and Xbox One. Also, if you have a newer Xbox wireless controller with a 3.5 millimeter headphone port at the bottom, it can be updated wirelessly and does not require being plugged in via USB. However, for older controllers without this headphone port, USB connection is necessary for updating.

Step 1: Plug in Any Accessories

If you have any accessories such as a keyboard attachment or a stereo headset adapter, plug them into the controller before updating. Xbox will auto-detect the accessory and apply updates to it as well.

Step 2: Wireless Update

To update wirelessly, with the Xbox on, press the Xbox button on your controller and go to the profile and system tab. Then, go to settings, devices and connections, and accessories. Find the controller you want to update and click on the three dots. If an update is available, it will show here. Click it and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the update.

Step 3: Update via USB

To update via USB, plug a micro USB cord into the available USB ports on your Xbox. Then, plug it into the controller you want to update. Instructions to install the update should automatically appear. If instructions to install the update don’t automatically appear, you can start the process manually by using the same steps as you would for the wireless method.

Step 4: Update on Windows 10 PC

You can update your controller on a Windows 10 PC by using the Xbox Accessories app. If you don’t have the Xbox Accessories app, you can download it from the Microsoft Store if it’s compatible with your operating system. Open the Xbox Accessories app, connect your Xbox wireless controller using a USB cable. When the controller is connected, you’ll see the message ‘Update Required.’ If an update is mandatory, install the update.

In conclusion, updating your Xbox controller is a simple process that can be done wirelessly, via USB, or through a PC. Following these steps will ensure that your controller is up-to-date and performing optimally. So, what are you waiting for? Get your controller updated and enjoy an improved gaming experience.


How do I update my Xbox controller if it won't work?
Leave the controller connected via USB and just let it sit for up to 5 minutes, as the update can sometimes take a while to complete in the background. Note If the controller doesn't update automatically, manually restart the update from the Xbox Wireless Controller screen in Devices &, connections >, Accessories.
What is the new Xbox controller update?
The latest Xbox wireless controller firmware update includes bug fixes for slow battery drain in controllers with internal batteries including Xbox Elite Series 2 and Xbox Adaptive controllers or the Xbox rechargeable battery.
How do I update my Xbox One controller offline?
Use the D-pad and A button  on your controller to select Offline system update to initiate the update using the files saved on your flash drive. Note The console restart may take several minutes. If you were using a wired connection, plug your network cable back into the console.