What to Do When Your Xbox One Controller Won’t Connect

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Xbox One facilitated us with wireless controllers at a huge cost of connectivity issues. Despite all the time that console had been loyal to you, the moment your controller breaks his conversation with the console, it sucks all the life out of you. Wait, hold on!!! No need to blow a hammer at it; it’s just a matter of a few tweaks!!!

What to Do When Your Xbox One Controller Won’t Connect

Wireless pairing

Hold your Xbox button for a few seconds and pair it with the console using the resulting menu.

Plug and play

Plugin micro-USB cable into a USB port of your console and controller, and hold onto the Xbox button for a few seconds for the pairing to occur.

General Problems That Users Face

1. Pairing threshold for console

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Despite the least possible, ensure your console isn’t already connected to 8 controllers, the maximum limit beyond which no further controllers can be connected.

If you have reached this peaking threshold, hold onto your Xbox Button and Turn Off controller via the resulting menu. Try reconnecting!!!

2. One controller but many appliances

Having the privilege of gaming with friends on their Xbox consoles or a PC, one must reconnect his controller to his Xbox after coming back. You don’t want your controller to remain stuck in eternal love with your friend’s console and not to chit-chat with your console.

3. Interruptions in between conversations

Considering the wide sustainability range of 19-28 feet, obstructions rather than the distance parameter account for those frequent disconnections.

  • Try moving closer to your console.
  • Get rid of any electronic device or a metal object hindering the space between console and controller.
  • Try moving out of entertainment units, if that’s your case.

SEE ALSO: How to Fix an Xbox One Controller That Won’t Turn On

Problematic Situations

1. The controller keeps disconnecting at intervals

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The alternating periods of disconnection recurring during a multiplayer gaming session can ruin the whole session and can be really frustrating to deal with.

Damn, it’s the official power-saving feature of Xbox One that automatically disconnects the controller after 15 minutes of inactivity. The statement of inactivity is quite relieving as it spares the crucial gaming sessions, but not the media center of Xbox one.

The compulsion of moving a stick or a button more often marks the only route of avoiding the hassle of reconnecting via the Xbox Button after every 15 minutes.

2. Blinking of Controller

The blinking of the controller clearly indicates that it’s not synced to any console, probably due to connecting with different consoles at times.

3. Controller not turning ON

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For a controller not turning ON, the core issue must be the dead batteries. Either purchase new AA batteries or if you’re a man with bucks, opt for rechargeable batteries.

Go for either of the reconnection methods.

SEE ALSO: How to Fix an Xbox One Controller That Won’t Turn On

Detect Weather Core Issue of Console Controller

Try connecting another controller of your friend with your console. If it works, your controller needs tweaking and vice versa.

For the Problem with Console

1. Update

In order to get your hands off outdated firmware, just check for updates under: System > Settings > Devices & streaming > Accessories> “your Xbox controller”>Device info > Firmware version

2. Remove accessories

Remove other Xbox accessories like peripheral keyboard, audio headset, etc., and try pairing.

3. Reboot console

Power off your console using the system button, unplug all cables. Wait for around 10 minutes. Restart your console. After it has restarted completely, reconnect wirelessly or with a wire.

For Problem with Controller

1. Replace cord

Use high-quality cords to minimize the chances of a sprayed cord.

2. Battery recharge/replace

Talking of wireless devices, one should never underestimate the battery parameters.

Observe the battery icon on the top-left corner of your home screen. Charge or replace them accordingly.

3. Try using your controller with a USB cable permanently

Lastly, you can switch to always using your controller with a USB cable.

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Wajeeha Qureshi
This is Wajeeha, a content writer at TechWafer, a web designer, and a freelancer.

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