How to connect an Xbox One controller to the Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S console

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If you're trying to connect an old Xbox One controller to your new Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S right now, you've landed on exactly the right article.

Although you may have already gone through this process when you connected your new controller to the console, we're here to lend a hand if you get a little stuck when it comes to pairing your up your older controllers.

Keep on reading for our quick, handy guide on how to connect an Xbox One controller to your Xbox Series X...

How to connect an Xbox One controller to the Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S console

The steps you need to follow to connect your Xbox One controller to your Xbox Series X or S are fairly simple, and we'll quite round them up for you now...

  • Press the 'Pairing' button on the front of your console (whether you have an Xbox Series X or and Xbox Series S, the pairing button can be found near the USB port on the front of the console), holding the button until the white Xbox logo begins to flash in the opposite corner
  • On your Xbox One controller, press the 'Pairing' button on the top of the controller (it is a little round button that you should see on the top of your controller) - the Xbox button on the front of the controller should start to flash as well
  • Now that the Xbox button on your console AND the Xbox button on your controller are both flashing, they should find each other and sync up.
  • If this doesn't work first-time, keep on trying! If both lights are flashing, they should be trying to connect. Maybe move closer if it keeps not working.
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NOTE: You could also use a micro-USB cable to connect an Xbox One controller to your Xbox Series X/S the old-fashioned way, for a wired experience.

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Common mistakes when trying to connect an Xbox One controller to Xbox Series X

Don't forget that the console and the controller BOTH need to be in pairing mode, which is signified by the flashing Xbox button on either device.

When I was connecting up my controller, it did take me a minute or two to figure this out. And then, a couple of attempts were needed before the syncing was complete.

But still, once you've done this one, you should be able to use your Xbox One controller with this new console as much as you like - or at least until the controller batteries run out!

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