One of the uses of the Xbox Wireless Controller is that it lets you play a lot of PC games without the need of your keyboard and mouse. You can accomplish this by plugging your controller to your Windows PC via USB, via the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows, or via Bluetooth. There are some computers that have built-in Xbox Wireless feature, which enables you to connect your controller even without using an adapter.
Choose the method of setting up your Xbox One Wireless Controller that is convenient to you:
METHOD 1: USB
STEP 1: Plug in a working USB charging cable onto the USB port at the front part of your controller, then plug the other end to your Windows 10 laptop or desktop PC.
NOTE: With this connection, you can connect up to 8 Xbox Wireless Controllers simultaneously, or 4 controllers that have Xbox Chat Headsets attached. If the controllers have Xbox Stereo Headsets, you can only connect a maximum of 2 at the same time.
METHOD 2: Xbox Wireless that have Built-in or with Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows
STEP 1: On your Windows PC, click the Start menu, then go to Settings, and then Devices.
STEP 2: Select Add Bluetooth or other device.
STEP 3: Select Everything else.
STEP 4: Next, select Xbox Wireless Controller.
STEP 5: Finally, click on Done.
NOTE: With this method, you can connect up to 8 Xbox Wireless Controllers simultaneously, or 4 controllers that have Xbox Chat Headsets attached. If the controllers have Xbox Stereo Headsets, you can only connect a maximum of 2 at the same time.
To make sure your controller and headset have the latest firmware, see How to Update the Firmware of Your Xbox One Wireless Controller.
You can also check out How to Set Up the Xbox Wireless Adapter With Your Windows 10 Device. You can get the adapter either separately or in a bundle with an Xbox Wireless Controller.
NOTE: The Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows may not be available in all stores. The Xbox Accessories Radio feature is disabled by default whenever Airplane mode is turned on. You need to turn it back on if you would like to use this feature while it’s in Airplane mode.
METHOD 3: Bluetooth
Another supported method you can do with your Xbox One Wireless Controller and your Windows PC is via Bluetooth. Check your controller in reference to the illustration below to determine if it has this feature:
For controllers that has Bluetooth support, the plastic around the Xbox button is part of the face of the controller. Whereas for those who don’t support Bluetooth, the plastic around the Xbox button is part of the top where the bumpers are located.
STEP 1: Make sure your PC is updated to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
STEP 2: Also make sure that your controller has the latest firmware. For more information, see How to Update the Firmware of Your Xbox One Wireless Controller.
STEP 3: Press the Xbox button to power on your Xbox Wireless Controller.
STEP 4: Press the controller’s bind button as shown below for approximately 3 seconds, then release it.
STEP 5: Go to your PC, then click on Start, go to Settings, then Devices, and then go to Bluetooth & other devices.
STEP 6: Enable the Bluetooth function so your PC can search for Bluetooth-enabled devices.
STEP 7: Select Xbox Wireless Controller, then select Pair.