Update your Xbox Wireless Controller

When you update your controller with the latest software, you get important controller improvements like full use of your Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter capabilities. Update your controller wirelessly or with USB. If you need help with troubleshooting, see Troubleshoot update issues with your Xbox One Controller.

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Update wirelessly

An Xbox Wireless Controller purchased in or after June 2015 can take updates wirelessly without connecting with a USB cable. This controller has a small, circular 3.5-mm port on the bottom of the controller (controllers without this port must update via USB cable).

An arrow emphasizes the 3.5-mm port on the Xbox One Wireless Controller.
  1. If you have a stereo headset adapter, plug it into the bottom of your controller so it can also get updates.
  2. If you're using a stereo headset adapter, plug in a headset (a headset must be plugged in so the adapter will turn on).
  3. Press the Xbox button to open the guide, then choose System > Settings.
  4. Select System > Kinect & devices > Devices & accessories, and then select the controller you want to update.
  5. Select Device info, select the Firmware version box, and then select Continue.

Notes

  • The auto-detect feature of this update may not work immediately if you plugged your stereo headset adapter into the controller while downloading a system update, or while the console was turned off. To fix this, go to the Home screen and unplug the adapter. Then, plug the adapter back into the controller.
  • You only need to update your controller one time to use the stereo headset adapter. However, if you plan to use the stereo headset adapter with other Xbox One controllers, you’ll need to follow this process for each controller. Additionally, check for new updates periodically as Xbox frequently ships new controller features and improvements.

Update with USB

  1. If you have one, plug the stereo headset adapter into the bottom of your controller so it can also get updates.
  2. If you're using a stereo headset adapter, plug in a headset (a headset must be plugged in so the adapter will turn on).
  3. Plug the included USB cable into the port on the left side of the console, around the corner from the disc tray. For Xbox One X and Xbox One S, the USB port is on the front under the Power button.
  4. Plug the other end of the USB cable into the top of the controller.
The 'Let's get ready' screen is displayed. An arrow emphasizes connecting a USB cable to the controller. The 'Continue' button is highlighted.
  1. Instructions to install the update should automatically appear. Follow the instructions, and don’t disconnect the USB cable while the update is in progress. The process can take up to 3 minutes. If instructions to install the update don’t automatically appear, you can start the process manually. To do this, press the Xbox button to open the guide, choose System > Settings, select System > Kinect & devices > Devices & accessories, and then select the controller you want to update. Select Device info, select the Firmware version box, and then select Continue.

Notes

  • The auto-detect feature of this update may not work immediately if you plugged your stereo headset adapter into the controller while downloading a system update, or while the console was turned off. To resolve this, go to the Home screen and unplug the adapter. Then, plug the adapter into the controller.
  • You only need to update your controller one time to use the stereo headset adapter. However, if you plan to use the stereo headset adapter with other Xbox One controllers, you’ll need to follow this process for each controller. Additionally, check for new updates periodically as Xbox frequently ships new controller features and improvements.

Update on PC

Update your controller on a Windows 10 PC by using the Xbox Accessories app:

  1. If you don’t already have the app installed, get it in the Microsoft Store.
  2. Open the Xbox Accessories app.
  3. Connect your Xbox One Wireless Controller by using a USB cable or the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows.
    Note You'll be prompted to update to Windows 10 Anniversary Edition if you haven't yet done so.
  4. When the controller is connected, you'll see the message Update Required if an update is mandatory. Install the update.

Notes

  • The Xbox Accessories app is available only on Windows 10.
  • Controllers that don't have a built-in 3.5-mm audio port must be updated using a USB connection and must have the Windows 10 TH2 Update (or later).
  • Updating the controller over Bluetooth is not supported.
  • To customize the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 in the Xbox Accessories app, get the Windows 10 May 2019 Update (or later) and make sure your PC has the latest fixes. See how to get updates.
  • Bluetooth requires a PC running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. See Windows Update: FAQ to learn how to get the latest Windows update.

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