Getting your Xbox One controllers to work with your game console is a little different than just turning them on like in the old days. Fortunately, console manufacturers have made synchronizing wireless controllers relatively easy.
However, this does not mean that there are no problems with wireless controllers. On the Xbox One, syncing is easy, but if you’re having problems with your Xbox wireless controller, there are many ways to troubleshoot. Here’s what you need to know to sync your Xbox One with your controllers and deal with any issues that may arise. If you want to sync your Xbox controller with a computer instead, we have a guide for that.
How to sync and Xbox One controller
Synchronizing your controller means turning it on. Xbox One controllers accept AA batteries, but you can also get rechargeable batteries for them. Either way, make sure your controllers are ready before you try to pair them – insufficient power is often the cause of connectivity problems (or problems that It seems such as connection problems).
Stage 1: When the Bluetooth controller is charged or new batteries are installed, turn on the device by pressing Xbox button in its center. It will light up to indicate that it is on. Then press Power Xbox console button.
Step 2: To pair your controller with your Xbox One, you’ll need to activate both the console and controller connection. First, find Connection console button. On the original Xbox One, you’ll find this button on the left side of the console, near the disc tray.
Step 3: On the Xbox One X and Xbox One S, Connection the button is in the lower right corner of the front of the console, below the power button. Pressing the button should trigger the white Xbox logo to start flashing, indicating that the console is looking for a controller signal.
Step 4: After you hit Connect Xbox One button, you’ll have 20 seconds to signal the controller to connect – press black Connect button on the top of the controller. The Xbox logo on both the controller and the console will flash as they try to connect. When found, both logs will become solid, indicating that the controller is synchronized with the console.
Step 5: Repeat the process with all the other controllers you want to sync with the Xbox, up to eight.
Once you’ve synchronized your controllers with your console, you can also see what happens when you turn it on. Press Xbox controller button to display the main menu, then go to the gear icon to download Settings menu. I find Kinect and devices, and navigate there to find your controllers. On Controller menu, you can set which profiles, if any, each controller should log in to when you turn it on (after syncing it), and security measures to control who can log in to different accounts on your Xbox.
You’re not left to use Xbox controllers wirelessly (and go through tons of batteries if you don’t have rechargeable batteries for them). You can also connect them to your Xbox One with cables. This will sync them with your console, so if you’re having trouble syncing wirelessly, using a USB cable may be easier. Plug the Micro-B USB cable into your controller and you can connect it directly to the console. The cable can act as a power source for an already connected controller, so you won’t need batteries or a rechargeable battery and you can still change the controller settings in Controller menu.
Stage 1: If you have connection problems, your controller’s internal software may be out of date. You can update this firmware from your Xbox One console, which may fix some issues. Head to Settings menu and Kinect and devices menu where you will find each of your connected controllers, either wirelessly or connected via USB port. From this menu, select the controller you want to update and select Ellipses below the Controller button. From here you will get a menu that allows you to check for firmware updates, which can fix any problems you are dealing with.
Step 2: If you’ve exhausted any other option – such as checking for low batteries – and you’re still having trouble connecting your Xbox One controllers, it’s time to fix other options. One of the most common contenders for this is interference in your gaming area, whether from other electronics, walls or something unexpected, such as radio or microwave interference.
The first step is to make sure you’re close enough to your Xbox One. This is important because your controller can only reach between 19 and 28 feet. If you try to play from a much greater distance, you are more likely to have problems with your relationship.
Then be sure to note any barriers that may be blocking your controller’s connection. Some of these obstacles may include walls, furniture, or even additional accessories that you have included in your Xbox One. You should try to remove as many barriers as possible, as the presence of obstacles can degrade your signal.
Make sure you remove all metal objects from your controller and console. Items like these can damage your signal. The last tip you need to remember: Turn your console off and on again for a clean slate. If you’ve tried all of this and still have connectivity issues, you should check the Microsoft Support website for more tips or consider purchasing a new controller.
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