Depending on your budget and how far away you sit from your console, there are several different ways to play your Xbox One.

Both wired and wireless controllers can be purchased for your console. You can sit farther away from the console if you have a wireless controller.

The way you connect each type to the console is different. Here is how.

The easiest way to connect a controller to the system is to use a wired one, and then plug it into the console.

Wireless options cost more than wired controllers. The input lag of wireless controllers is eliminated by many people.

You may want to avoid the hassle of a cord with a wireless option. Here is how to connect a controller.

Wireless controllers

The wireless controller gives you more freedom. Once you know how, they are easy to sync up to the console.

There are two ways to connect a wireless controller. We will use a microUSB cable.

You'll need to connect a common microUSB cord to the controller and console.
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Plug the small end of the cable into the slot on the back of the controller and the console, and you're good to go.

Wait a few seconds until the Xbox button on the controller and the console both glow, then turn on your console. You are in sync. The controller can now be used without being plugged in.

Press and hold the sync button on the controller to connect it to the console.

You'll need to press the sync button on top of the controller.
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Push the Pair button on the console when the Xbox button starts flashing.

The button on the front of the console is below the Power button. It will be small and circular, and have the same curved lines symbol.

The “Pair button” on the Xbox One S on the right.
The “Pair button” of an Xbox One S console.
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The Pair button is on the side of the console and has a curved lines symbol.

You are ready to play when the symbols are solid.

Xbox Series X|S compatibility

If you use the wired controller, you can plug it into the Series X|S port and play.

When using a micro-USB cable, the same goes for wireless controllers. The gamepad will vibrate once and then turn on when you plug the cable into your controller. You can remove the micro-usb cable and use it on the go.

Press and hold the Pair button to switch on the controller. The button will blink. The Pair button is on the front of the console.

The controller syncs to the Xbox Series X|S console once the button stops blinking.