How to use Xbox One Controller on a PC

If you have clicked on this article then you must have an Xbox controller lying around in your house not useful for anything. Then this article will help you to use Xbox One Controller on your PC to play some games if you thought that is not possible. Xbox’s parent company is Microsoft which makes the most used operating system in the world which is Windows and it is possible that you are reading this article on a PC which is running on Windows OS. Therefore, it is very easy to use your spare Xbox Controller to a Windows PC as the Windows 10 update of this operating system has the native support for the Xbox accessories, so it is pretty easy to use Xbox controller to your PC without any hiccups.

But there are certain steps, which you have to keep in mind before using the controller to your PC. First, you have to know that you want to use your controller wirelessly or in a wired manner. If that is clear, then you can move on to the next part of this article where I try to tell the necessary steps in a very intuitive manner possible for me.

How to use Xbox One controller on a PC?

As I have told that you can use an Xbox controller on a PC with any method possible for that controller. If you don’t know the possible methods then let me tell you the possible methods. There are three possible methods by which you can use that controller on your PC. These methods are very easy to implement and one of them requires no implementation and others requires some settings to be tweaked here and there.

Method 1: Wired Connection

The first method is the simplest of the lot I am going to tell you in this article. The method I am talking about is the one which requires the USB cable provided with the controller. It is as simple as charging the controller using that USB cable. You just need to connect the controller to the USB cable and then the USB cable to the USB port of the PC and that’s it, you have to do. As soon as you connect the controller, Walla! You can play the game of your choice with that controller but of course, you have to launch the game.

Method 2: Xbox Wireless(Using the Built-in Windows option)

As you may know that Xbox controllers have its own wireless technology to get connected to the console and the same feature can be used to connect them to a Windows PC. It is because of the reason that having the same company to manufacture both of the products, both of them tend to collaborate with each other without any pain in the a** for the users, who want to use both of the products simultaneously. You only need the wireless adaptor that has been provided to you If you don’t come to know about the products I am talking about is Xbox and the Windows operating system and for all of the techno-geeks out there, here are the detailed steps by which you can do this on your own PC.

  • Go to Settings of your PC.
  • Click on Devices and choose Add Bluetooth and other devices.
  • Insert the adaptor provided to you with the controller and there in the settings you will see the Xbox controller.
  • Select the Controller and the other settings can be changed there.
  • Click Done.

That’s it, you can use the controller with your PC. You can play your favorite game with that controller as most of the Xbox One games are present for the Windows platform as well.

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Method 3: Using Bluetooth

This is the most difficult of all the methods describes in this article, but it is not as difficult as if I am asking to climb a mountain or bungee jump or something like that. But in comparison to the other two methods, this methods requires some working and some settings to be tweaked and if you want to free yourself from the hassle of doing some work, you can use the other two methods and only use this option if there is no option remained for you to use. And if you have decided that you have to use this method, so let me tell you the steps, you can take so that you can use to connect your Xbox controller with your PC.

  • Charge the Controller fully before doing this. Now turn off the controller, which will disconnect it from the previous console or PC you have connected it to.
  • Press the controller’s Bluetooth button for three seconds and more and go to the PC for further steps.
  • In the PC, go to Settings>Devices>Blueooth and other devices.
  • Turn Bluetooth on and there you will see the Xbox Controller.
  • Click on that and pair it with the PC.

Although, most of you can do this and for those, it is not that difficult. but for some, it can be tricky so for those they must opt for the other two methods than this one. But if you managed to do these steps, and successfully connected to your PC, you can enjoy your favorite games.


If you made this far reading this article, then you must have liked it and must know all the methods possibles by which you can connect your Xbox controller to your PC. And if you like my efforts and want to appreciate it, do let me know in the comments and if you want to suggest any other suggestions and want that something can be changed in the article, also let me know.

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