Microsoft has always been a powerful company but it has only catered to PCs. But, in 2001, it came up with its first console. It was the first Xbox ever made. These were one of the fastest products to go popular after their creation and were really worth every penny even in those times.

Xbox One Controller

From the first Xbox to Xbox 360 and all its variants, to Xbox One, Microsoft has held up their standards without a single drop. And through its evolution, its components are evolving too. The remote controllers to the Xbox and other attachable components are better than they were before.

Similarly, the remote to Xbox One has been evolved to a quite powerful one and amazes most of its users. Also, Microsoft provides a connection method to its remote to PC, for games that allow the usage of the remote controller of Xbox One.

There are different ways for you to connect your Xbox controllers to your PC, depending upon your operating system.

Here’s how you can do it:

How to Use Xbox One Controller on PC

How to Use Xbox One Controller on PC that Uses Windows 10

There are basically three alternatives for connecting your Xbox Controller to a Windows 10 PC. They are:

  1. Via USB
  2. Via Xbox wireless
  3. Via Bluetooth

Via USB

How to use Xbox One Controller on PC

This is quite an easy step and doesn’t let your controller remain wireless because it is connected through a cable. This can simply be carried out by plugging the controller’s charging cable into its port and the other side of the cable into your PC.

Using USB cables, 8 Xbox wireless controllers can be connected. If controllers with Xbox chat headsets are attached to them, then 4 controllers can be connected together. And, if controllers with Xbox Stereo headsets are connected to it, then only 2 controllers can be connected together.

Also, the user must keep in mind that the Series 2 of Xbox Elite Wireless controllers as well as Xbox Adaptive Controller make use of USB Type-C for charging or connecting.

Via Xbox Wireless

Some PCs have Xbox wireless in-built into them, in which case you can directly connect the controller without using any type of an adapter. But, if you do not have Xbox Wireless built into your device, you will need to use the Xbox Wireless Adapter, which is compatible with windows 10.

When the Xbox Wireless Adapter is to be used:

Xbox Wireless Adapter
  1. Switch your PC on and sign into it.
  2. Plugin the Adapter into your PC and set it up.
  3. Start the controller by pushing the Xbox button. This will be indicated when the button starts flashing on and off.
  4. Now, hold down the Bind button on the adapter. This will be indicated by the flashing of a small light for a few seconds.
  5. Now, hold down the Bind button on the controller. This will be indicated by a concurrent and rapid flashing of the Xbox button and this signifies the searching of a wireless adapter to be paired with.
  6. After a connection is established, the Xbox button will remain lit on the controller.

When the in-built Xbox wireless is to be used:

  1. Switch your PC on and sign into it.
  2. Switch your controller on by holding the Xbox button for nearly 3 seconds. This would be indicated when the button starts flashing.
  3. Now, hold down the Bind button on your controller until the flashing Xbox button starts flashing at a higher frequency which will signify the searching of a wireless adapter to be paired with.
  4. Now, on the PC, go to Start and choose Settings. Then go to Devices.
  5. Select “Add Bluetooth or other devices”, and then click on “Everything else”.
  6. Now select the Xbox Elite wireless controller or the Xbox wireless controller from the given list.
  7. After a connection is established, the Xbox button will remain lit on the controller.

Through Xbox wireless connections too, the number of controllers of different types that can be connected is the same as that in wired connections.

Via Bluetooth

In order to establish a Bluetooth connection, the PC must be running on at least the Anniversary update for Windows 10. If not then update your windows. Also, you will be able to know if your controller supports Bluetooth, simply by looking at it.

How to use Xbox One controller on PC via Bluetooth

Preliminary Knowledge

  • Updated controller firmware would provide the best performance.
  • Bluetooth on mobile devices is not supported but it is supported on tablets, laptops, and PCs.
  • A single controller connected at one time would provide the best performance.
  • Chatpads, Xbox Stereo Adapters, and headsets are not supported using Bluetooth.

How to use Xbox One controller on PC via Bluetooth

  1. Switch your Xbox wireless controller by pushing the Xbox button.
  2. Hold down the Bind button on the controller for about three seconds.
  3. On the PC, go to the start menu and select Settings.
  4. Now, go to Devices and then Bluetooth & other devices.
  5. Enable Bluetooth.
  6. Choose Add Bluetooth or other devices and start searching for the controller.
  7. Choose Xbox Elite wireless controller or Xbox wireless controller and then click on Done.

How to Use Xbox One Controller on PC That Uses Windows 8.1 or 7

The drivers for your controller will automatically be downloaded and installed as soon as you connect the Xbox controller to your PC using a micro-USB cable. And if this does not take place automatically, if you have disabled the auto-download option, then you can even go to the Device Manager to check for updates.

Preliminary knowledge:

  • There might be a fault in your micro-USB cable if the controller isn’t working.
  • The controller needs to be resynced with your console if you have used it with your PC last.

After downloading and installing the drivers, the controller is ready to use. Bluetooth connections to the controller aren’t supported in these versions of windows. Also, audio through the controller won’t be possible so there is no need to attach a headset.

You can connect only 4 Xbox wireless controllers together.

I hope I could help you in utilizing your Xbox controller on your PC for certain games. For any further doubts, visit https://beta.support.xbox.com/help/hardware-network/controller/connect-xbox-wireless-controller-to-pc or leave a comment below. If you find the content helpful, please leave a like on the post.