How To Connect A Wireless Xbox One Controller To Your Console

How To Connect A Wireless Xbox One Controller To Your Console

August 06, 2019

There are two separate ways you can connect a wireless Xbox One controller to your console as listed in detail below.

How To Connect The Controller Using The Console's Bind Button

Step 1 - Turn on your Xbox One.

Step 2 - Insert AA batteries into the controller. You are using AA batteries in your Xbox One Wireless Controller.

Step 3 - Turn on your controller by pressing and holding the Xbox button. The Xbox button will flash. When the button stays illuminated, the controller is connected.

  • If the controller doesn't turn on, check the batteries. If you're using rechargeable batteries, make sure they're charged.

Step 4 - Press and release the bind button on the Xbox.

  • On Xbox One X and Xbox One S, the bind button is on the front right, below the power button.
  • On original Xbox One, the bind button is a circular button on the side, around the corner from the disc tray.

Step 5 - Within 20 seconds, press and hold the controller’s bind button until the controller's Xbox button flashes several times. That indicates it's searching for a console. The Xbox button stays illuminated once it's connected. Repeat this for each extra controller.

Connect The Xbox One Controller Using A USB-To-Micro-USB Cable

If you own a micro-USB cable or the Xbox One Play & Charge Kit, you can connect your controller by using the micro-USB cable and do without batteries. 

  • If you've tried the steps on this page and your controller still won't connect, see Xbox One Wireless Controller disconnects or can't connect.
  • You can connect up to eight wireless controllers, in addition to any wired controllers.
  • Controllers are assigned based on who’s holding a controller. To attach a specific controller to your profile, see How to assign an account to an Xbox One Wireless Controller.


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