How to Connect the Xbox One Controller to Your PC [Video]

I purchased an Xbox One from the Microsoft Online Store during a Black Friday deal. After using the controller for a few days, I’m starting to like it over the Xbox 360 pad. It feels more natural in my hands and my fingers feel more natural being on the triggers. Since it has a micro USB port on the top, I figured it would work by plugging it into my system and Microsoft would automatically download the drivers for me.

As it turns out, you need to manually download and install the drivers. Fortunately, Microsoft released these drivers on their website. I went ahead and made a video tutorial on how to install the controller for your PC.

Video Tutorial:

Xbox One Controller PC Drivers:

Local Mirror:

Xbox One Controller Driver for x64

Xbox One Controller Driver for x86

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Yousef Shanawany

Yousef Shanawany

Living in the heart of Silicon Valley, Yousef is a tech reviewer and editor and enjoys reading about tech news around the world. As his primary focus is the video game industry, he also loves reading about mobile and tablet news, as well as other new emerging hardware technologies. Yousef graduated from San Jose State University, earning his Bachelors degree in Software Engineering. He spends most of his time reading, gaming, and programming.

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  • Nicholas Brands

    it says my Xbox controller is connected but when I open Minecraft I can’t use it. Any suggestions?

    • Minecraft doesn’t natively support controllers. Look on Google for mods or download Minecraft Windows 10 edition.

  • Luke Tilley

    Hey, TIG– thanks for the video, I just found it while trying to connect my controller to a new laptop, hopefully this isn’t too late for a comment. My controller vibrates when connected, but other than that I can find no sign of it. When I search for the ‘Bluetooth & other devices’ as instructed by the Xbox support page, I only see ‘Bluetooth’ with no options to add another device. No autoplay options appear either, and searching for ‘connected devices’ shows no controller.


    • If you have the new Xbox One controller with Bluetooth and your PC has Bluetooth, then you can sync it using the method on that page. If one of them do not have Bluetooth, then you’ll have to make sure your USB cable is a data cable. You can test this by plugging your phone into it and seeing if you can look at your files (presuming, of course, that you have an Android phone). The vibrating and blinking light indicates that the controller is receiving power only and is searching for an Xbox One.