How to connect an Xbox controller to your Windows PC

(Logitech Gaming Software) – As gaming technology develops and gaming platforms expand to the point of being available on all sorts of devices with services like Xbox Game Pass and Stadia (to name just two), it’s It’s important that you have a method of playing those games that you feel comfortable with. For Xbox gamers, that’s the Xbox Wireless Controller.

If you prefer to play with a controller instead of a keyboard and mouse, either because you find it easier or because your laptop keyboard doesn’t have enough key travel or feedback, you’ll want to continue to use the Xbox controller on your PC as well.

Note that the process depends on whether you have Bluetooth on your Windows desktop or laptop, and whether you have the new wireless controllers or the older model.

That’s an important distinction, because the older wireless controller — with the shiny plastic around the “X” home button — doesn’t have Bluetooth and can only pair with a specific receiver.

Fear not if you have this controller – or a laptop without Bluetooth – we’ll show you how to use your controller this way too. If you want to connect your Xbox controller to your smartphone, we show you how to do it in another guide.

If you have Bluetooth and the new Xbox One Wireless Controller

In the perfect scenario, you have a laptop and an Xbox Wireless Controller that both have Bluetooth, so all you have to do is pair them. Open the Windows start menu and search for “Settings.”

Click “Devices”.Select “Bluetooth and other devices”.Click “Add Bluetooth or other devices”.Select “Bluetooth”.

At this time, your laptop or desktop computer will start searching the nearby area for available Bluetooth devices in pairing mode. Turn on your Xbox controller and put it into pairing mode.

Press and hold the home button ‘X’ for a couple of seconds until it lights up Press and hold the small pairing button on the top edge Your home button ‘X’ should start flashing

If the light on your Xbox controller is blinking, it’s in pairing mode and should appear in the list of available devices on your Windows PC. Just click on the Xbox Wireless Controller in that list of devices, and in a second or two it will be connected and the light behind the “X” will be solid.

If you have an older Xbox One Wireless Controller (or a PC without Bluetooth)

If you’re one of the people who doesn’t have one of the Bluetooth-equipped Xbox controllers, or you have a PC without Bluetooth, you’re going to need the Xbox Wireless Adapter. It’s a Microsoft-proprietary dongle that attaches to the controller over a dedicated wireless connection.

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Once you have one of those adapters, just plug it into a free USB port on your Windows laptop or desktop, then press and hold the pairing button on the side until the light starts flashing.

Now turn on the Xbox controller by pressing the center home button, then press and hold the pairing button on the top edge until the big “X” starts flashing.

At this point, the wireless adapter and your controller should automatically find each other, and after a few seconds they will connect and the lights will turn solid and stop blinking on both devices.

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Written by Cam Bunton. Edited by Adrian Willings.