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Step-by-Step Guide: How to Connect an Xbox Controller to Your PC [2023]




How to connect Xbox controller to PC

How to connect Xbox controller to PC? In the gaming world, a lot of changes have happened, and these changes are not stopping now, and we can be certain about it. And talking about these changes, one that is not far from them is the Xbox console, and specifically, the Xbox controller.



how to pair Xbox controller to pc

The things you can do with it, for example, are connect or pair it with a PC, pair it with your headset, etc. But in this post, our focus will be on using the Xbox controller to connect to your PC and everything else you need to know.



Setting Up Xbox Controller with PC

When setting up your Xbox game controller on the PC, there are a few things you must consider.

  1. Make sure your Xbox controller software is up-to-date on the PC. this is important because you don’t to be interrupted by the controller with a little info about updating the software in the middle of a game
  2. Always check to see that your cables are in good shape. When you try to connect to the PC with a cable, make sure you don’t have a torn or crumbled cable; this makes the controller inaccessible to the PC.



How to update Xbox Controller driver

For Windows Users

To update the Xbox controller driver, here is what you have to do;


Xbox controller driver

  1. Press the windows key and search for “Microsoft Store”
  2. Tap to open the window store
  3. Locate the “Search Bar” in the upper left corner and type “Xbox Accessories” then select to open
  4. Right here, you should have connected your Xbox controller to your PC and if not please connect it
  5. The controller should be on the screen now if the device was connected successfully.
  6. Hit or tap on “Configure” if you want to change or customize your buttons, and to “update” the controller, tap on the three dots.
  7. Here you should see three options, “No update available” or “Update now ”, “Vibrate this controller”, “Turn on Copilot
  8. This is how to update your Xbox controller on your Windows PC using the Xbox Accessories app.



No update available

When you see this, Xbox has yet to release an update for the controller, and you may have to check back again.



Update now

A new driver or software version has been released for the controller; tap on it to continue and update the Xbox controller.



Vibrate this controller

Use this to vibrate the controller



Turn on Copilot

Set up the controller to use another player and you as a single controller.



How to connect Xbox controller to PC
How to connect Xbox controller to PC


How to connect Xbox controller to PC Bluetooth

  1. The first step here is to prepare the Xbox for pairing, and you do that by putting the controller in pairing mode.
  2. Press and hold the Xbox home button until you see the light blinking slowly, now let go of the home button
  3. Flip the controller over and identify the pair button, press and hold for a few seconds until you see the home button light move from blinking slowly to faster. Now the controller is in pairing mode
  4. Head to the PC and turn on Bluetooth” if not already on.
  5. Now you should see the Xbox controller discovered by the Bluetooth, tap on it to select
  6. Wait a few seconds for the connection to be established between the controller and the PC.
  7. The ChromeOS should alert you that both devices have been connected or paired successfully




Use USB Cable

Personally, using the usb cable to connect the controller to PC is the easier but there are limitations to it. If the USB cable is faulty, the controller keeps disconnecting. Also since most cable isn’t that extra long, your movement while using the controller could be restricted too.

Here is how to do it;

  1. Grab the USB cable and plug in the controller
  2. Take the other end of the USB cable and connect to the PC
  3. Here the controller should vibrate and the home button on the controller should light up indicating both devices are connected and paired successfully.



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Nana Yaw Jr
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