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Connect a wireless Xbox One controller to your console

Connecting a wireless controller to your Xbox One console (also known as "enrolling" your controller) is easy. It takes just a few minutes.

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Enrol the controller using the console's connect button

  1. Turn on your Xbox One console.
  2. Insert AA batteries (or rechargeable batteries from the Xbox One Play & Charge Kit) into the controller. See Using AA batteries in your Xbox One Wireless Controller.
  3. Turn on your controller by pressing and holding the Xbox button until the controller turns on. The Xbox button will flash, indicating it's not yet connected to a console. If the Xbox button is lit solid, the controller is already connected.
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Note If the controller doesn't turn on, check the batteries. If you're using rechargeable batteries, make sure that they're charged.

  1. Press and release the connect button on the console.
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  1. Within 20 seconds, press and hold the black connect button on the back of the controller until the controller's Xbox button quickly flashes a few times, indicating that it's searching for the console. It switches to a solid light when it's connected.
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Your controller is now connected to your console. Repeat this procedure for every extra controller that you want to add.

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Enrol the controller using Kinect

If you purchased an Xbox One bundle with Kinect, you can connect a controller by using infrared communications between the controller and your Kinect sensor. Here's how:

  1. Power on your Xbox One console.
  2. Insert AA batteries (or rechargeable batteries from the Xbox One Play & Charge Kit) into the controller. See Using AA batteries in your Xbox One Wireless Controller.
  3. Turn on your controller by pressing and holding the Xbox button until the controller turns on. The Xbox button will flash, indicating it's not yet connected to a console. If the Xbox button is lit solid, the controller is already connected.

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

  4. Press and release the black connect button on the back of the controller. The controller's Xbox button will quickly flash a few times, indicating that it's searching for the console. It switches to a solid light when connected.
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  1. Point the front of the controller towards your Kinect sensor so that the infrared LEDs on the controller are flashing towards the sensor. The Kinect sensor will read these LEDs and automatically connect the controller to the console.

    Note You don't have to be close to the Kinect sensor to connect your controller. You can perform this action from across the other side of the room.

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  1. Your controller is now connected to your console. Repeat this procedure for every extra controller that you want to add.

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Enrol the controller using a USB-to-micro USB cable

If you have a micro-USB cable or the Xbox One Play & Charge Kit, you can connect your controller to the console by connecting the micro-USB cable between the controller and the console. This also enables the controller to act as a wired controller, even without a battery inserted. For details, see Connect your charge cable to use your Xbox One Wireless Controller without batteries.

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