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Use the Xbox Accessories app to configure your Xbox Elite Wireless Controller

With the Xbox Accessories app, you can customise your Xbox Elite Wireless Controller for precision-gaming experiences. This page outlines the unique abilities of the app.

If you need help finding and installing the app, see How to get the Xbox Accessories app for the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller.

You can also use the Xbox Accessories app to configure a standard Xbox One Wireless Controller. For help, see Customise a standard Xbox One Wireless Controller with the Xbox Accessories app.

The following table illustrates the differences between using the Xbox Accessories app with the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller and the standard Xbox One Wireless Controller.

The Xbox Accessories app with Elite versus Standard controller

Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Xbox One Wireless Controller
Xbox Elite Wireless Controller                    Xbox One Wireless Controller
Button mapping Elite Standard
Remap controller buttons
Remap same button multiple times
 
Map paddles to buttons
 
Swap sticks
Swap triggers
Invert Y axis on sticks
Button mapping supported on Win10 PCs all features  
Hardware settings    
Adjust stick sensitivity
 
Adjust trigger sensitivity
 
Adjust vibration motors
 
Adjust Xbox button brightness
 
Configuration management    
Max number of configurations per user** 256 1
Configurations stored on controller*** 2  
Configurations sync to cloud***
 
Custom names for configurations
 
Preset configurations from 1st Party publishers
 

As of November 2015:
*Elite: Completely customisable; Standard: Only swap button pairs
**Standard: 1 per user, per console
*** Standard: N/A stored on console

Using the Xbox Accessories app

When you open the Xbox Accessories app, you'll see two menu items, Configure and More options.

Note If you have more than one controller connected, you'll see all the controllers when you pan left to right. If multiple users are signed in, the assigned profiles will appear above the controllers.

Topics

Xbox Accessories app options

Configure

Select Configure to customise your Xbox Elite Wireless Controller.

You have two options for how to configure your Xbox Elite Wireless Controller:

  • You can scroll down and select a custom default like Halo 5: Guardians – Multiplayer or Forza 6 – Manual Clutch. As you scroll through these options, the image of the controller will change so you can see the defaults. If you like one of these settings, select it and follow the steps to write it to your slot.
  • If you want to fully customise the controller, select Slot 1 Configuration or Slot 2 Configuration or New Config and continue to the next section. Slot 1 and Slot 2 correspond with the profile switch on your controller.

Once you have selected your slot, the configuration menu will come up, and you'll see the following options:

Button Mapping

To map your buttons, select Button mapping. Once here, you have two ways of changing buttons. You can either use the menu to select which button you want to change and then select the corresponding button that you want to remap its functionality to, or you can simply hold down the button you want to change and then press the button you want its functionality to move to. The image of the controller on the Xbox One console will update to show you which buttons are which.

Sticks, triggers & vibration

In this area you can customise your Elite Controller using advanced settings, including left and right stick sensitivity, trigger sensitivity, vibration and button brightness. You can also swap sticks, invert sticks and swap triggers.

  • Left and right stick sensitivity – From the Sticks, triggers & vibration menu, you can select Left stick or Right stick to customise and control how each stick responds during gameplay. Once you've chosen the stick you want to customise, you can select Default, Delay, Aggressive, Instant or Smooth depending on how responsive you want the stick to be in your game. For example, if you want your player to respond faster over a shorter stick movement, select Instant. You'll see a graph that shows you the response curve of the stick.

    Note Depending on the game that you play, these settings will have different responses. One way to test your settings is to set Slot 1 to Default and Slot 2 to your customised setting.
  • Trigger sensitivity – You can customise the sensitivity of your triggers by adjusting their maximum and minimum ranges. You have two options for customising your triggers – with the hair-trigger mechanical switch on your controller or with the Trigger sensitivity section in the app.

    The hair-trigger mechanical switch works great for shooting games, because it reduces how much you need to pull on the triggers to fire. It may not work as well for driving games, since you need the accelerator to go the full distance for maximum acceleration. Adjusting the trigger sensitivity comes in handy here. You can change the max and min thresholds for the triggers. For example, if you shorten the max distance, you'll get to maximum acceleration with less pulling of the trigger. Try setting your two slots differently and adjusting in real time to see the differences.

  • Vibration This allows you to adjust the vibration sensitivity of your controllers. You can independently adjust four motors: Left trigger, Right trigger, Left handle and Right handle. The motors are at a default of 100% and can be adjusted down to 0%. When you adjust these slides, this changes the intensity of the vibration.
  • Xbox button brightness - If you want to decrease brightness on the Xbox button, you can adjust it down to 10% of standard brightness. This is especially useful if you like playing in the dark.
  • Swap sticks - This function allows you to switch left and right sticks.
  • Invert stick axis - You can invert left and/or right stick axes with these options.
  • Swap Triggers – You can switch the left and right triggers with this option.

Save to slot 1

Once you've made all the changes that you want, you can save your configuration to another slot. If you started to configure slot 1, it will appear greyed out, so you can save to slot 2.

Save to slot 2

Once you've made all the changes that you want, you can save your configuration to another slot. If you started to configure slot 2, it will appear greyed out, so you can save to slot 1.

Rename

With this option you can adjust the name of either of the two slot configurations. For example, if your configuration in slot 1 is for playing Halo 5, you can name it Halo 5 or anything you want.

Copy

The Copy option lets you copy the configuration so you can use it on another slot configuration without having to start again.

Delete

This option deletes the configuration. Deleting the configuration doesn't affect the controller. Deleting removes the configuration and returns the slot to its default settings.

Saving profiles

Saving the configurations of your two slots is easy with the app. The slots correspond with the Profile Switch in the middle of your Xbox Elite Wireless Controller. You can have two different profiles saved to your controller at one time. For example, if Slot 1 is your shooter profile and Slot 2 is your racing profile, just flip the switch and you're ready to go. You won't need to adjust any other settings. You can also do this while you play a game.

Your configuration of the slots travels with your controllers. If you take your controller to a friend's house, the configuration will be saved on the controller and usable there.

Note If you customise Slot 1 or Slot 2 on your controller on a different console, the new configuration will be saved to the controller and overwrite your old configuration.

More options

There are two additional menu options:

  • Explore – Selecting this option will relaunch the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller video, highlighting all the benefits of the controller.
  • Name – This option lets you name your controller anything that you want, such as your gamertag.
    Note This option is separate from naming the slot configurations outlined in the first section on this page.

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