The gamers that own Xbox One wireless controllers usually use it for playing games both on their consoles and PCs. There is one common problem with these controllers – Xbox One sometimes cannot detect it after you connected the device with another console or your PC.

The pairing between the controller and your console breaks every time you try to connect the device to a PC with a USB wire. In addition to that, sometimes Xbox One cannot detect the controller although the pairing seems to be ok. Today we’re will explain how to re-connect your wireless controller to the Xbox One console.

When your Xbox One does not recognize the wireless controller on a regular basis, it is possible that something is wrong with the controller or the console itself. There are also a few more common reasons for that. For example, you have used your controller on another console or connected it to a PC, so the old pairing is no longer working and you need to repeat the procedure. If your Xbox One wireless controller fails to connect, not turning on, or simply not working for no apparent reason, then this guide will be help you.

Xbox One is not detecting my controller

We have two solutions for this particular problem. First, you should check the connect button on your console – it might be broken and needs repairing. Second, try using a USB cable. If you prefer using battery packs instead of standard AA batteries, you should have that USB wire already. If not, you can still use any USB cable that connects to the USB 2.0 port.

Use the Xbox One connect button to connect the controller

Turn your console one and make sure that the battery in your controller is fully charged.

Now press the big Xbox Button in the middle of your controller and hold it for a few seconds.

If the button is blinking, the console cannot recognize the controller and connect it.

Now you need to press the connect button. It can be found both on your console and your controller. On Xbox One X/Xbox One S consoles the button is located on the front right (just below the power button). On Xbox One consoles you can find the connect button on the side. If you look at your controller, the button is on upper edge.

Xbox One console

Press the connect button once and release it. Then repeat the same on your controller. You have 20 second to press those buttons. The Xbox button on the controller will flash a few times. When the connection between the console and the controller is established, the Xbox button will stop flashing and stay lit permanently.

Gamers with multiple wireless controllers must repeat this procedure for every next controller. Sometimes you will also need to re-assign controllers manually to the user, if the console does not do it automatically.

Use a USB-to-micro-USB cable to connect the controller

The easiest method for wireless and standard controllers alike. All you need is a micro-USB cable. We recommend using the one from the Xbox One Play & Charge Kit. If you don’t have the official cable, just use the one you charge your phone with.

Connect the cable to the USB port on your Xbox One console.

Connect the other side of the cable with the charging port on the Xbox One controller.

Wait for the Xbox One button to turn on and stays like that.

Xbox One controller

This is all you should: no pairing button pressing, no waiting, everything is instant. But remember that you controller will be assigned to the profile of the Xbox One user that was active at the time of connection. When you have multiple accounts on one console, you need to use into the right account first, then do what we explained above. When it is done, you can detach the USB wire, and the controller will connect to the console automatically.

We hope it help, but if does not, then you should check two other things. First, make sure that your batteries are not out of juice. Second, be sure that you don’t miss the window to press the connect button (for the wireless controller). Also, you can restart the console – sometimes it fixes minor glitches with connection.