Microsoft has made it easier to use Xbox controllers in Windows 10. Learn how to connect them wirelessly or via USB.
Some computer games are best played with a controller. One of the best controllers you can buy is the Xbox One controller from Microsoft, which you can easily use on Windows 10.
Whether you want to go wired or wireless, it’s super easy to hook up your controller and get into the game. We’ll walk you through all the different ways you can connect your Xbox One controller to your computer and how to configure it to your liking.
How to Connect Your Xbox One Controller
There are three different ways to connect an Xbox One controller to your PC. The method you choose will depend on whether you want to use wired or wireless.
Use USB Cable
You can use the micro-USB cable that came with your controller to make a wired connection. You should do this whenever you need to charge the controller. Simply connect the USB cable to your computer and then plug the other end into the front of your controller. The connection will be established and charging will begin immediately.
Use a Wireless Adapter
To connect wirelessly, you’ll need an Xbox One Wireless Adapter for Windows 10. It may be included with your controller, but you can also purchase it separately. Keep in mind that this is different from the adapter for the Xbox 360 controller, which will not work for the Xbox One controller.
Take the Wireless Adapter and plug it into a USB port on your computer. You may need to use the included USB extender if the port is on the back of your computer or doesn’t have a good line of sight to the controller.
Hold down the Xbox button on your controller to turn it on. Now press the button on the adapter. Then press the bind button on your controller, which is located near the top. The LED on the controller will flash when searching for a connection and will light up once it is made.
You can also use Bluetooth to connect your controller. Of course, your Windows 10 computer must support Bluetooth.
However, not all Xbox One controllers support Bluetooth. If you bought it new in the last few years, definitely will, but if you bought it second-hand or old maybe not.
The best way to find out is to look around the Xbox logo on the controller. If the plastic is the same as the controller without the connection, it means it supports Bluetooth. If there is a separation between the controller surface and the logo, it doesn’t happen.
Start pairing now.
- Press the button Windows + I to open Settings and navigate to Devices > Bluetooth & other devices.
- Shift Bluetooth to On so that your system can find the device.
- Next, click Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth.
- Press the Xbox logo on your controller to turn it on, then press the bind button on your controller (it’s at the top).
- Xbox Wireless Controller will appear in your device list. Click Pair.
How to Manage and Configure Your Xbox One Controller
This is what the app can do for you.
How to Update Your Xbox One Controller
Windows 10 comes with the relevant drivers for Xbox One controllers by default. However, we recommend updating your controller regularly to take advantage of the latest firmware. If you’re having trouble with your controller, this should be the first thing you do.
With the Xbox Accessories app open and your controller connected, click three horizontal dots icon> Firmware version > Update now.
How to Test Your Xbox One Controller Button Feedback
If you think some buttons on your Xbox One controller aren’t listed, you can test them with the Xbox Accessories app.
Click glass icon to start. Now you can press buttons, pull triggers, and move sticks. The corresponding icon will appear next to Button Pressed. If not, then your controller might be faulty.
How to Remap Your Xbox One Controller
You can remap an Xbox One controller using the Xbox Accessories app. To do this, click Configure > New Profile. Enter a name, then click Save.
Use the top dropdown menu to select a button, then the bottom dropdown to remap it. For example, you can remap key A to key B.
You can also use the box below to enable settings like Swap sticks, Swap trigger, and Turn on vibration.
If you have an Xbox Elite Wireless Controller or Xbox Adaptive Controller, you’ll also see additional options such as the ability to change the thumbstick sensitivity curve and the brightness of the Xbox logo.
How to Calibrate Your Xbox One Controller
Your controller will be calibrated out of the box, but you can use the Windows calibration tool to adjust it or to simply check how responsive your controller is. Note that this is an old tool, which hasn’t changed in Windows 10 or is designed specifically for Xbox One controllers.
Open the Start menu, search for joy.cpl, and select the result Control panel items. Window Game Controllers will open. Select your controller from the list and click Properties.
Tab Test will open by default. Here you can determine where on the axis of your thumb stick is, the response to trigger pressure, plus whether keystrokes are being registered. If you are not satisfied, switch to the tab Settings and click Calibrate. Follow the wizard to calibrate your controller.
You can always set it back to the controller’s initial view by clicking Reset to default on tab Settings.
Troubleshooting a Broken Xbox One Controller Masalah
Microsoft designed gaming features specifically for Windows 10 with the aim of further tying the operating system into the Xbox platform. That’s why your controller should work out of the box without any tinkering.