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How to assign a profile to an Xbox One Wireless Controller

You can pair your profile to your Xbox One Wireless Controller so that you control the action on your console. This is especially important when you have multiple users and multiple controllers at the same time. By pairing your profile to the wireless controller, you make sure that everyone has the best experience, and of course, the best achievement.

For help on how to wirelessly sync your controller to your console before you assign a profile, see Connect a wireless Xbox One controller to your console.

Automatically assign a profile to a wireless controller

With a Kinect sensor, you can automatically assign a profile to a wireless controller. Just make sure you meet the following requirements:

Once you’ve met the requirements, it’s easy to assign the profile to a wireless controller using Kinect. Here’s how:

  1. Turn on the controller you want to use by pressing the Xbox button.
  2. Stand about six feet away, and then point the front of the controller at your Kinect sensor. This lets Kinect see the infrared signal from the controller.
  3. The Kinect recognizes you. It now knows which controller you’re holding and will automatically assign you to that controller.
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The following notes apply when you have multiple users or multiple controllers:

  • If you pick up a different controller, Kinect will recognize this action and reassign your profile to that controller in the same manner as it did for your controller.
  • If another recognized user picks up your controller, Kinect will assign that user to that controller.
  • If an unrecognized player picks up your controller, the controller will remain paired to your profile.

Manually assign a profile to a wireless controller

If you have a guest who wants to use a controller, or if you don’t want to automatically pair your profile with your controller by using Kinect, you can sign in using any wireless controller.

  1. Make sure to power on the controller and then go to the Home screen.
  2. In the upper-left corner of the Home screen, select the profile that you want to sign in with.
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  1. This assigns the profile to the controller you’re using.

If you use multiple controllers, you can tell which user is assigned to a specific controller when they can control what’s happening on the screen. There are no LED indicators on the controller or console as with the Xbox 360, because with Xbox One, you can have up to eight controllers connected at one time.

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