How to Set Up the Xbox Wireless Adapter With Your Windows 10 Device


You can easily set up the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10 on any type of Windows 10 device. This set up involves two main steps — first is connecting the adapter to your device, and the second is binding your controller.

PART 1: Connecting the Adapter to Your Device

NOTE: Make sure that your Windows 10 device has the latest updates installed and is currently connected to the Internet before proceeding with the steps below.

STEP 1: Plug the adapter into the USB port (version 2.0 or 3.0) of your Windows device, and the installation should begin automatically.

NOTE: The installation is expected to be automatic since the drivers for the adapter are built-in on the Windows operating system.

STEP 2: If you’re using the adapter on a desktop or other device wherein the USB port is not facing the controller or is blocked by metallic objects, it’s recommended to use the included USB extender to avoid any wireless interference and have a good line of sight to your controller.

PART 2: Binding Your Controller

If you have used an Xbox One Wireless Controller before, you may already be aware of the binding process or pairing between the controller and the console, which is the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows.

Below are the steps you need to do in order to bind your controller with the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows:

STEP 1: Connect the Xbox Wireless Adapter to your Windows 10 device, then push the button on the Xbox Wireless Adapter.

STEP 2: Make sure your controller is turned on, then press the controller bind button.

NOTE: Once you do this, the controller LED will blink while it’s in the process of connecting. Once the connection is successful, the LED on the adapter and controller will both become solid.

Some PCs, such as the Microsoft Surface Studio, have Xbox Wireless built in. Because of this feature, you can connect your controller wirelessly by using Add a device in Settings. You can also use this method to connect using your Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows instead of pushing the button on the adapter.

STEP 1: On your computer, go to Settings, then Devices.

STEP 2: Select Add Bluetooth or other device.

STEP 3: Select Everything else.

STEP 4: Next, select Xbox Wireless Controller.

STEP 5: Click Done.

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