Connect a wireless Xbox One controller to your console

Overview

Connecting a wireless controller to your Xbox One console (also known as “enrolling” your controller) is a snap. It takes just a couple of minutes.

There are three ways that you can connect your controller:

  • Using the console’s connect button
  • Using Kinect (requires Kinect sensor)
  • Using a USB to micro-USB cable.

Enrol the controller using the console’s connect button

  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 pulse, indicating it’s not yet connected to a controller. If the Xbox button is lit solid, then 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 release the connect button on the controller. The controller’s Xbox button will quickly flash a few times, indicating that it’s searching for the console. It then switches to a solid light when 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.

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 pulse, indicating it’s not yet connected to a controller. If the Xbox button is lit solid, then 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.

    1. Press and release the connect button on the controller. The controller’s Xbox button will quickly flash a few times, indicating that it’s searching for the console. It then 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.

    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. See Using the charge cable without a battery as a wired controller for more details.

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