Xbox One controllers have Bluetooth enabled technology that allows the controller to a computer or laptop. Only certain controllers have this Bluetooth technology-enabled.
Xbox One controllers that have Bluetooth are labeled by the color that’s in the Xbox One logo on the top of the controller. These controllers are wrapped and packaged differently than other Xbox One controllers.
Not all controllers can connect to Bluetooth. There are a few things that the controller must have in order to connect it to Bluetooth.
Can Xbox Controllers Connect To Bluetooth On PC?
Xbox controllers can connect to Bluetooth. If you notice the “x” in the Xbox logo is a different color, and the wrapping is significantly different. This will determine if your controller is capable of connecting or not. From the Xbox website:
On Bluetooth-supported controllers, the plastic around the Xbox button is part of the face of the controller. On controllers without Bluetooth, the plastic around the Xbox button is part of the top, where the bumpers are.
Connect The Xbox Controller To A Computer Through Bluetooth
There are a few steps you need to do before connecting your Xbox controller to a PC. Make sure you have updated your PC to the Windows 10 anniversary edition. If you need to update, visit here to learn how.
If needed, update your controller, visit this website to learn how to update.
- Turn on your Xbox controller and hold the pairing button for 3 seconds and release.
Once you’ve selected and released the connect button on the controller, turn over to your PC. Go to Settings -> Devices -> Bluetooth. Make sure Bluetooth is on and can be selected.
Once the picture above prompts on your screen, simply hit pair and your controller will be connected!
Connect The Xbox One Controller To A Phone
Connecting your Xbox One to your phone is an easy setup.
First, ensure that you have a controller that has Bluetooth connectivity. Because your phone doesn’t have a USB slot, the controller must be a Bluetooth controller.
Next, put the controller into pairing mode and turn the Bluetooth on the phone one. From here, go to the Bluetooth settings on the phone and you’ll see an option for the controller show up. Simply hit paid and you should be able to play your favorite games ( that allow controller connectivity.
In the video below, we show you step by step how to connect to games like Call Of Duty, in order to play with your friends.
This is beneficial because you’re now able to go over to a friend’s house, play Fortnite and all you need is a controller. No more having to bring your Xbox One with you, just a Bluetooth controller and your phone.
Connect Controller To Android & iPhone
As mentioned, as long as the controller has connectivity to Bluetooth, you’ll be able to link the two devices.
One other important factor to note is that not all games support controllers. Just because the controller connects, doesn’t mean it’ll be useful in the game. As of April 2020, Fortnite and Call Of Duty just implemented controller connectivity, which allows players to play with an Xbox One or PS4 controller.
It’s important to check the website of your favorite game and see if they enable controller connectivity before you make any purchases.
We also recommend checking the phone you’re using to make sure it has Bluetooth connectivity. I know that may seem simple but some phones may not support connectivity to other devices.
Best Xbox Controllers To Connect To Bluetooth
As mentioned, not all controllers can connect via Bluetooth. It’s important to purchase a controller that has the capabilities to connect directly to the PC with no issues.
Here is our list of controllers that can help you connect directly to your PC & Xbox
Below is a more in depth detailed look at these controllers with Bluetooth technology.
Xbox Bluetooth Controller Black
The newest available version of the Xbox controller. This controller comes stock with the Bluetooth technology that is able to connect directly to the PC. It’s also capable of connecting directly to Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X.
This controller also gets twice the range of regular controllers, which helps if you’re playing in a large studio or on a big screen.
Xbox Bluetooth Controller Blue
The Xbox blue controller is similar to the black controller, but with a nice sleek blue frame to it, that will help you differentiate from your other controllers.
The same as the black controller, this controller is compatible with all Xbox One systems, as well as Windows 10 PC & Tablets.
Xbox Wireless Controller Adapter
If you’re not looking to spend money on a new controller, or if you prefer your current controller, there is a workaround.
This simple wireless adapter can be plugged into any PC, running Windows 10, and connect to your Xbox controller. The controller’s features such as game chat and stereo audio will still be available when using the adapter.
My Xbox Controller Won’t Pair With The PC
If you’re having issues with connecting your controller to your PC, please refer to the Xbox documentation found here, which has a list of FAQs to help resolve your issues.
There could be many reasons why the Xbox Controller won’t pair with the PC. We recommend checking that documentation listed above and seeing if it’s a controller issue or a PC issue.
One of the main causes of bad connectivity is user error and not holding the button properly, or not having the proper controller to connect. Be sure to follow the steps exactly as above and on the Xbox One guide in order to properly connect the Controller.
In order to properly connect your Xbox One controller to the PC, you’ll need to make sure you have the right type of controller or adapter. From here, make sure the computer is able to receive Bluetooth.
If you have a desktop, often times Bluetooth doesn’t come standard and needs to be implemented. On laptops, especially the newer ones, Bluetooth is a standard feature. Double-check to make sure Bluetooth is an option before you purchase any equipment to make your connectivity process go smooth.