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The Xbox One Wireless Controller model 1697 was released in 2015 and replaced the model 1537 controller and fixed some of the problems found on Model 1537 controllers. The Model 1697 controller includes an integrated 3.5mm headset jack, which allows compatibility with most 3rd party headsets without the need of an adapter. This controller has been discontinued and replaced by the Model 1708 controller.

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Is it possible to unpair the new controllers?

I recently worked on two controllers for someone. In this deal, I got to keep the newer controller that had an issue with a bad RB button (which has been temporarily fixed) in exchange for recovering the firmware on a Model 1537.

On the 1537, there is a hardware flaw that allows unpairing if done correctly. I've detailed it in the previous post, found here: Is it possible to unpair these controllers?. This didn't work, so I tried a similar, but different way of doing it on the new controllers:

  • Plug it into a PC over USB (this is to get it to try to connect over Wireless)
  • Unplug the cable (this makes it try wireless)
  • Pair it away from the console, ensuring it can't get a signal

The idea behind this was the pairing would "erase" because it gets invalidated and is considered unusable. This would work because the controller could not fetch clean pairing data.

The new controllers are not working with this method so this was clearly a (very useful) flaw in the hardware on the old controllers. It has since been fixed since the pairing is now persistent enough this no longer works or shows signs of working.

Is there a similar hardware flaw in these new controllers to do this like I did on the 1537's, or is this procedure not an option anymore and I can't get rid of it like I did on my old controller without the PC receiver?

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What do you mean? When you try paring to the next console it should reset to the next console. Also, plugging it into a PC will make it a wired connection, and when it is unplugged it will attempt to pair.

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I need to make it forget the console it came from. I don't own a Xbone so I can't get rid of it by pairing it to a personally owned one.

I need to erase it or look at the PC adapter. I'm not buying a Xbone to make these controllers forget the original console it came from. I have reworded my unpair procedure to clear this up.


@nick you've got it right. If you plug you Xbox remote into the PC, it will forget the old console. Doesn't matter how far away your console is. Just plug it in, make sure it's connected unplug and your done. Hope this helps!


I copied the procedure for the old one minus the parts I desoldered last time (I've learned it really doesn't matter) and while it didn't blink like the old ones I'm hoping it forgets it was used with a console and I know it won't try and register with it.

Much like last time I have console access so I can verify that the console pairing is cleared.

It seems like it goes like this on the new controller (1697):

* Plug it into a PC

* Press the Sync button (like the old one, this is to make sure. It may not be required, but it's probably good to do to make sure.)

* Pairing should be forgotten.


I don't get why you want to remove the old pair data. It will forget it next time it pairs to another console.


I don't want it to connect to the old console it came from if I ever have batteries in it I forget to remove (somewhat unlikely, since I don't want them to sit unused and leak). I do not own the Xbox One Wireless Adapter to re-pair it to something else.

I have to use USB with the controller because mine is IR only, and even if I had the 1708 with Bluetooth, the implementation is proprietary and ONLY works in Windows 10. I have to use IR or USB.


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