Microsoft has made using the Xbox controller in Windows 10 very easy. We show you how to connect it via USB or wireless way. Some computer games are best played with a controller. One of the best controllers you can buy is Microsoft’s Xbox One controller, which you can easily use on Windows 10.
Whether you want to use cable or go wireless, it is incredibly easy to connect your controller and start playing games. We will explain all the different ways to connect your Xbox controller to your computer and how to set it up to your computer. as your wish.
How to Connect Your Xbox One Controller
There are three different ways to connect your Xbox One controller to your PC. Which method you choose will depend on whether you want to go wired or wireless.
1. Use a USB cable
You can use the micro-USB cable that comes with your controller to make a wired connection. You will need to do this every time you need to charge your controller. Just plug the USB cable into your computer, then plug the other end in front of your controller. A connection will be established and charging will begin immediately.
2. Use the Wireless Adapter
To connect wirelessly, you will need the Xbox One Wireless Adapter for Windows 10. It can come with your controller, but you can also buy it separately. Keep in mind that this is different from the adapter of the Xbox 360 controller, which will not work for the Xbox One.
Take the wireless adapter and plug it into your computer’s USB port. If the port is behind your computer or the controller does not have good visibility then you may need to use the included USB extension.
To activate it, hold down the Xbox button on your controller. Now press the button on the adapter. Then press the bind button on your controller located near the top. While searching for a connection the controller’s LED will blink and remain solid once it is installed.
3. Use Bluetooth
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 have bought it new over the years then it is certain, but if you have used it or bought it a long time ago it may not be.
The best way to find out is by looking at the Xbox logo on the controller. If it is the same plastic as a seamless controller, it supports Bluetooth. If there is any separation between the controller’s face and the logo, it is not.
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- Press Windows key + I to open Settings and navigate to Devices> Bluetooth and other devices.
- Slide the Bluetooth on for your system to find the device.
- Next, click Add Bluetooth or Other Devices> Bluetooth.
- To turn it on, press the Xbox logo on your controller, then press the link button on your controller (located at the top).
- The Xbox Wireless Controller will appear in your device list. Click on the pair.
How to Manage and Configure Your Xbox One Controller
To get the most out of your Xbox One, you’ll need to download the Xbox accessories app, which you can get for free from the Microsoft Store.
Here’s what this app can do for you.
1. How to update your Xbox One Controller
Windows 10 by default comes with the correct drivers for the Xbox One controller. However, it is a good idea to update your controller periodically to take advantage of the latest firmware. If you are having problems with your controller, this should be the first step.
With the Xbox accessories app open and your controller connected, click the horizontal three dots icon> firmware version> update now.
2. How to Test Your Xbox One Controller Button Feedback
If you suspect that some buttons are not registered on your Xbox One, you can test it with the Xbox Accessories app.
Click on the beaker icon to begin. Now you can press the button, pull the trigger and shake the sticks. The corresponding icon should appear next to the button down. If not, your controller may be faulty.
3. How to Remap Your Xbox One Controller
You can remap your controller using the Xbox accessories app. To do this, click Configure> New Profile. Enter a name, then click Save.
Use the drop-down list at the top to select a button, then use the drop-down list below to remap it. For example, you can remap button A to button B.
You can also use the box below to enable settings such as swap sticks, swap triggers, and enable vibration.
If you have an Xbox Elite Wireless Controller or Xbox Adaptive Controller, you will also see additional options such as the ability to change the controller sensitivity curves and the brightness of the Xbox logo.
How to Calibrate Your Xbox One Controller
Your controller will be calibrated right out of the box, but you can use the Windows Calibration Tool to adjust it or to check your controller’s response. Note that this is a legacy tool that did not change in Windows 10 or was specifically designed for the Xbox One.
Open the Start menu, find Harsh.cpl, and choose the Control Panel item result. The Game Controller window opens. Select your controller from the list and click Properties.
The Test tab will be open by default. Here you can determine where your throttle rests on the axis, the response to the trigger press, as well as whether the button presses are being recorded. If you are not satisfied, go to the Settings tab and click on Calibrate. Follow the wizard to calibrate your controller.
You can always reset them the way the controller was originally by clicking Reset to Defaults on the Settings tab.
Microsoft has designed specific gaming features for Windows 10 to better connect the operating system to the Xbox platform. Therefore, your controller should work without leakage.
However, you may still have problems with your Xbox One. If so, learn how to fix a broken Xbox One controller.