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How to connect an Xbox One Wireless Controller to a Windows PC

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Overview

Many PC games let you play with an Xbox Wireless Controller instead of a keyboard or mouse. You can connect your controller to a Windows PC by using a USB cable or the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows or over Bluetooth.

See the following supported scenarios.

Number of Xbox controllers that can be simultaneously connected

Device

Via Xbox wireless and USB

Via Bluetooth

Xbox One

Xbox Wireless Controller only – 8

Xbox Wireless Controller and Xbox Chat Headset – 4

Xbox Wireless Controller and Xbox Stereo Headset – 2

Not supported

Windows 10 PC

Xbox Wireless Controller only – 8

Xbox Wireless Controller and Xbox Chat Headset – 4

Xbox Wireless Controller and Xbox Stereo Headset – 2

Note Wireless connection requires Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows.

Xbox Wireless Controller only – 1 (recommended)

Notes

Connecting more than 1 controller to your device with Bluetooth may be possible, but performance can vary, depending on your PC.

Requires Windows 10 Anniversary Edition and Xbox Wireless Controller with Bluetooth. See Windows Update: FAQ for help updating Windows.

For best performance, update your controller. See How to update your Xbox One Controller on Windows 10.

Windows 8.1

Xbox Wireless Controller only - 4
(audio through controller not supported)

Note Wireless connection requires Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows.

Not supported

Windows 7

Xbox Wireless Controller only - 4
(audio through controller not supported)

Note Wireless connection requires Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows.

Not supported

Note This information applies only to the Xbox One Wireless Controller. For help with other gamepads or joysticks or for information on configuring a specific game so that you can play it with a controller, refer to the manufacturer’s website.

Xbox One Wireless Controller

Install the right drivers

Windows 10

For Windows 10, the most current drivers are pre-installed with the operating system and are automatically updated through the Xbox Accessories app. See Update your Xbox One Controller.

Windows 8.1 and Windows 7

When you connect an Xbox Wireless Controller to your Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 PC with a micro-USB cable, Windows will automatically download and install the drivers for the controller. If Windows is not set to automatically download device software, you can check for updates through Device Manager.

Update drivers through Device Manager

Here’s how to check for updates manually in the Device Manager:

  1. Point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then select Search.
  2. Enter Device Manager in the search box, and then select Device Manager.

    Note Windows may ask you for an administrator password or to confirm your choice.

  3. Locate and expand Microsoft Xbox One Controller.
  4. Right-click the expanded Microsoft Xbox One Controller and select Update Driver Software.
  5. Select Search Automatically for Updated Software.

Download and install Xbox Wireless Controller drivers

You can also download the latest drivers for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 from the Microsoft Update Catalog. Here's how:

  1. Visit the Xbox One Controller search results page.
  2. You may be prompted to install the Microsoft Update Catalog app. If so, select Install, and then select Yes when prompted to confirm the installation of the app.
  3. Four drivers will be listed. The drivers you need to install are labeled Microsoft – Other hardware – Microsoft Xbox One Controller. These are drivers for AMD64 and X86 CPUs.

    Note The drivers with (DFU) in their label can be ignored.

  4. Select Microsoft – Other hardware – Microsoft Xbox One Controller.
  5. In the Update Details window, on the Overview tab, check the Architecture entry. It will either list XMD64 or X86.
    1. If this matches your computer's CPU, select Add to Basket, and then Close.
    2. If this doesn’t match, select Close, and then select Add for the other driver entry.
  6. Select View basket.
  7. On the Updates in your basket page, select Download.
  8. In the Download Options window, select Browse, select the folder to which you want to download the driver, and then select OK.
  9. Select Continue.
  10. When the file is downloaded to the designated folder, you’ll see Done in the Progress column. Select Close.
  11. Open the folder you designated in step 8. You’ll see a new folder named Microsoft – Other hardware – Microsoft Xbox One Controller. Open that folder. Inside will be a CAB file. You’ll need to extract the contents of that file to install the driver:
    1. Open the folder containing the update you wish to extract, and then right-click while pressing Shift to bring up an extended context menu.
    2. Click on Open Command Window Here to open Command Prompt.
    3. Enter the following command to extract the CAB file from the update:

      expand -f:* Update-Name.cab Destination-Folder

      Where Update-Name is the name of the CAB file, and Destination-Folder is the full path to the folder to which you want to extract the files. For example: C:\Users\username\Downloads\Extracted.

  12. In the folder to which you extracted the files, right-click the file xb1usb.inf, select Install, and then select Yes.

The driver is now installed.

Notes

  • If the controller doesn't respond, try a different micro-USB cable.
  • To use your Xbox Wireless Controller with your console after using it with a PC, you must re-sync the controller to the console. You can do this by using the wireless sync button or a USB cable. For details, see Connect a wireless Xbox One controller to your console.
  • For Windows 10 users, the Xbox Chat Headset and the Xbox Stereo Headset are compatible with a PC when connected through the Xbox Wireless Controller, as long as the firmware has been updated to the latest version and you're connected via a USB cable or Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows. To ensure you have the latest firmware for your controller and headset, see Update your Xbox One Controller.

Set up a controller using a USB cable

You can connect your Xbox Wireless Controller to any Windows 10, 8.1, or 7 tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. To do this, you'll need to make sure you have the current PC drivers (see Install the right drivers, above).

Once you confirm you have the correct drivers, plug a USB charging cable into the front of the controller and plug the other end into your PC.

Set up a controller wirelessly

You can connect your Xbox Wireless Controller to a PC using the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows on any Windows 10, 8.1, or 7 tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. For more information, see Set up the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows. This adapter comes either by itself, or in a bundle with an Xbox Wireless Controller. The correct drivers should automatically install, but if not, see Install the right drivers, above.

Set up a controller using Bluetooth

Xbox One Wireless Controllers may support connecting to your PC via Bluetooth. Your controller has this feature if it looks like the one on the left, below:

Bluetooth supported Bluetooth not supported

Another way to tell: On Bluetooth-supported controllers, the plastic around the Xbox button is part of the face of the controller. On controllers without Bluetooth, the plastic around the Xbox button is part of the top, where the bumpers are.

Notes

  • Bluetooth requires a PC running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. See Windows Update: FAQ to learn how to get the latest Windows update.
  • For best performance, update your controller. See How to update your Xbox One Controller on Windows 10.
  • Bluetooth is supported on PCs, tablets, and laptops. It is not supported on mobile devices.
  • Bluetooth does not support any attachments, such as headsets, chatpads, or the Xbox Stereo Adapter.

Follow these steps to pair your controller to your PC using Bluetooth:

  1. Make sure you have updated your PC to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. See Windows Update: FAQ to learn how to get the latest Windows update.
  2. For best performance, update your controller. See How to update your Xbox One Controller on Windows 10.
  3. Turn on your Xbox Wireless Controller by pressing the Xbox button .
  4. Press the controller bind button for three seconds and release.
  1. On your PC, select Start, then Settings > Devices > Bluetooth.
  2. Turn on Bluetooth so your PC can discover Bluetooth devices.
  1. Select Xbox Wireless Controller > Pair.

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