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Connect a wireless Xbox One controller to your console

Connecting a wireless controller to your Xbox One console is a snap. It takes just a few minutes.

Video: Connect a wireless controller on Xbox One S or Xbox One

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Connect 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 is the larger circular button located in the middle of the controller near the top.) 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 connect button on the console.
    • On Xbox One S, the connect button is a small circular button located on the front, below the power button.
  • On original Xbox One, the connect button is a small circular button located on the side, around the corner from the disc tray.
  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. (The connect button is a small circular button located on the top of the controller as you hold it in your hands.)

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

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Connect 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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