Xbox Wireless Controller functionality across operating systems

There are some important differences between operating systems when it comes to connecting your Xbox Wireless Controller. The table below shows what’s supported for connecting a wireless controller to your Windows, Android, or Apple device.

Feature Windows 10 Windows 7/8.1 Android Apple
Connect via USB cable Supported Supported Not supported Not supported
Connect via Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows Supported Supported Not supported Not supported
Connect via Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10 Supported

Note Requires Windows 10 Anniversary Update

For best performance, update your controller. See Update your Xbox Wireless Controller.

Not supported Not supported Not supported
Connect via Bluetooth Supported

Note Requires Windows 10 Anniversary Edition

For best performance, update your controller. See How to update your Xbox Wireless Controller.

Not supported

Android 5.1.1 or later

Supported games:

Minecraft: Gear VR Edition

See Using your Xbox Wireless Controller to play Minecraft: Gear VR Edition for additional info.

  • iOS 13
  • iPad OS 13
  • tvOS 13
  • macOS Catalina
Xbox accessories Supported via USB, Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows, and Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10. Not supported via Bluetooth. Not supported Not supported Not supported
Audio through controller Supported via USB and Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows. Not supported via Bluetooth. Audio devices are not supported on wireless or wired controllers on Windows 7/8.1. To use audio devices through the controller, you must be on Windows 10 or an Xbox One console. Not supported Not supported
Firmware updates Supported via USB and Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows on a Windows 10 PC running Windows Anniversary Edition (using the Xbox Accessories app). Not supported via Bluetooth. The controller can be updated through an Xbox One console. Update your controller’s firmware from an Xbox console or PC. See how. Update your controller’s firmware from an Xbox console or PC. See how.
Remapping Xbox Elite Wireless Controller functions in the Xbox Accessories app Supported Not supported Not supported Not supported
Remapping Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 functions in the Xbox Accessories app Supported. You’ll need Windows 10 May 2019 Update or later installed. See how to get updates. Not supported Not supported Not supported

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