Connect the Xbox Adaptive Controller to a PC

There are several ways to connect your Xbox Adaptive Controller to a Windows PC: USB-C, Xbox Wireless, and Bluetooth. If you need help finding buttons and connection ports on the controller, see Get to know the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

Video: Set up the Xbox Adaptive Controller on a PC

Watch the video, Set up the Xbox Adaptive Controller on PC. Note This video is available in English only.

Connect to Windows 10

Option 1: USB-C

Plug the included USB-C cable into the back of the controller and plug the other end into your PC. When connected, your PC will automatically detect your controller and charge it.

USB-C cable plugs into back of Xbox Adaptive Controller and other end plugs into PC

Option 2: Xbox Wireless

To connect with Xbox Wireless, you might need the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10. If your PC has Xbox Wireless built in, you can connect the controller directly without an adapter.

If you’re using the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10:

  1. Turn on your PC and sign in.
  2. Plug the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows into your PC. For more info, see Set up the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows.
  3. Turn on your controller by pressing the Xbox button . The Xbox button is in the upper left corner on the face of the controller. When you turn on the controller, the Xbox button will start flashing.
    Note If the controller doesn't turn on, you might need to charge it. For more info, see Charge the Xbox Adaptive Controller.
  4. Press and hold the Connect button on the Xbox Wireless Adapter. A small light will flash for several seconds.
  5. Press and hold the Connect button on the back of the controller (the raised button). The Xbox button on the controller will flash more rapidly—this means your controller is searching for the Xbox Wireless Adapter. When connected, the Xbox button on the controller will stay lit.
Connect button on the back of the Xbox Adaptive Controller

If you’re using built-in Xbox Wireless:

  1. Turn on your PC and sign in.
  2. Turn on your controller by pressing the Xbox button . The Xbox button is in the upper left corner on the face of the controller. When you turn on the controller, the Xbox button will start flashing.
    Note If the controller doesn't turn on, you might need to charge it. For more info, see Charge the Xbox Adaptive Controller.
  3. Press and hold the Connect button on the back of the controller (the raised button). The Xbox button on the controller will flash more rapidly—this means your controller is searching for a PC.
  4. On your PC, press the Start button, then select Settings > Devices.
  5. Choose Add Bluetooth or other device, then select Everything else.
  6. Choose Xbox Adaptive Controller from the list. When connected, the Xbox button on the controller will stay lit.

Option 3: Bluetooth

To connect with Bluetooth, you’ll need Windows 10 April 2018 Update or higher installed.

  1. Turn on your PC and sign in.
  2. Turn on your controller by pressing the Xbox button . The Xbox button is in the upper left corner on the face of the controller. When you turn on the controller, the Xbox button will start flashing.
    Note If the controller doesn't turn on, you might need to charge it. For more info, see Charge the Xbox Adaptive Controller.
  3. Press and hold the Connect button on the back of the controller (the raised button). The Xbox button on the controller will flash more rapidly—this means your controller is searching for a PC.
  4. On your PC, press the Start button , then select Settings > Devices.
  5. Make sure Bluetooth is On, then choose Bluetooth or other device.
  6. Select Bluetooth, then choose Xbox Adaptive Controller from the list. When connected, the Xbox button on the controller will stay lit.

Windows 8.1 or Windows 7

Connect the Xbox Adaptive Controller to your Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 PC with a USB-C cable. Your PC will automatically detect your controller and charge it.

Note The Xbox Adaptive Controller has limited functionality on Windows 8.1 and 7. The Xbox Accessories app and Bluetooth connectivity are not available.

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