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The Controller Will Not Turn On
The controller does not turn on when fully charged.
The Controller Was Disconnected During a Firmware Update
If your controller was disconnected during a firmware upgrade, it will not function until the firmware is recovered. To do this, the controller will need to be updated from scratch. Note: In this condition, the wireless on the controller is nonfunctional. This has to be done over USB.
Tip: If you have problems getting the controller to turn on, removing the batteries for 15 minutes before recovery is known to help in situations where this occurs.
Plug your controller into an Xbox One console or a PC. At this point, your method will vary. It should also be noted one functional controller is required to use a console for controller firmware recovery.
To recover the controller on a console, follow these steps:
- Step 1: On the console, navigate to Devices and Accessories.
- Step 2: Find the Elite controller. It should say Update Required if it is the correct controller.
- Step 3: Re-run the firmware update.
PC recovery requires Windows 10 as a prerequisite. Newer versions of Windows 10 no longer require a Microsoft Account to download the required programs, but older versions usually do. Users on older versions of Windows 10 will need to convert an account or make a new account just for this task. After you have confirmed you have a Windows 10 system, you can begin the process of recovering the controller.
- Step 1: Install the Xbox Accessories application.
- Step 2: Once Xbox Accessories is installed, plug the controller in. It should turn on and say Update Required if your controller is visible to the PC and Xbox Accessories.
- Step 3: Click Update Required and allow the firmware to reinstall.
If you followed these steps correctly, your controller should be functional again.
The Controller Does Not Function on the Computer
When the controller is plugged into the computer using a USB cable, the controller does not function.
The Controller Drivers Are Not Installed
In Windows 7 and 8.x, the Xbox One controller is known to fail automatic driver installation. This issue is well documented and is caused by the lack of drivers bundled with these operating systems. It is also not helped by Windows Update driver detection problems. The standard controller offers two driver options:
Note: Correcting the issue by manually installing the driver requires administrator permissions. Users with Standard and Limited accounts will need the admin password to fix the issue this way.
- Step 1: Plug in the controller. If the automatic driver installation fails, go on to the next step.
- Step 2: Open Device Manager and find the controller. This is typically located under Xbox Peripherals (Legacy) in Windows 7 and 8.x systems.
- Step 3: Select the Driver tab.
- Step 4: Click Update Driver.
- Step 5: Try using Search automatically for updated driver software. If this doesn't work, go to Step 6.
- Step 6: If this did not work, download the driver from Microsoft. Put this in a place you can easily find it on your computer. Once it is downloaded, select Browse my computer for driver software and manually select the driver.
If you did this correctly, your controller should now work.
The easiest way for inexperienced users to fix this problem is to use the .exe package that copies the required files to your PC that was released in 2012. This driver is older, but it is wrapped into a package that is easy to understand. This driver is no longer hosted by Microsoft, as they now load the driver through Windows Update.
Note: This driver is older. Some games may not work correctly until it is updated in Device Manager.
The driver can be found here: 64-bit .exe (TechSpot)
Controller Won't Connect to Console
I want to navigate my Xbox One, but my controller refuses to connect or will not stay connected for long.
Your batteries may be low. If the batteries are low, the controller's wireless signal strength may be weak and therefore will not connect to the console. You are going to want to replace your batteries or charge the controller.
Tools required: None
Another Wireless Device Is Interfering
A conflicting signal may be responsible for connectivity issues. Consider turning off nearby wireless devices and reconnecting the controller.
Too Many Controllers Are Connected
Make sure you do not have more than eight controllers connected. That is the limit for the Xbox One console.
If you set down your controller for longer than fifteen minutes and then come back to an unresponsive controller, you may need to turn the controller back on.
Controller Is Out Of Range
Your Xbox One Controller signal has a range of 30 feet (9.1 meters). Make sure you are within this range.
Controller Is Not Synced
If you sync your controller to another device, you will need to re-sync it back to your console. To do this, turn on the Xbox One and hold down the sync button on your controller. Simultaneously, hold down the sync button on your console until the light on your controller begins to flash at a rapid pace. Once this happens, release both sync buttons. Your controller should now be connected after about five to ten seconds.
Mic Preventing Connection
Some people have reported that the controller will not connect with the headset mic plugged in. Unplug the mic, and reconnect. Sync if necessary. Plug the mic back in after establishing a connection.
If you are using a Model 1697 controller, your internal headphone jack may be damaged. Try unplugging the mic and trying again. If you continue to have problems, try a different pair of headphones that are known to work.
Tools are not required if you use the Xbox One headset adapter to fix the issue.
Controller Will Not Turn On
No matter how many times I try to connect or sync my controller, it will not turn on.
Your batteries may be low. If the batteries are low, the controller's wireless signal strength may be weak and therefore will not connect to the console. You are going to want to charge you batteries. If the batteries will not charge, or drain too quickly, replace your batteries.
Tools required: None
Low Battery Pack
Your battery pack may be completely drained. Plug the controller into the console using a USB cord. To check on how charged the battery is, press the Xbox button to go to the home screen where the charge will be displayed in the bottom right corner.
If the pack will not charge, or drains too quickly, you can get replacement battery packs.
Tools required: None
Defective Charge Cable
Your charging cable may be defective and will not charge your controller at all. If this is the case, you will need to buy a new cord.
Tools Required: None
One or more of the buttons on my controller takes longer than usual to pop back up.
Dirt Build Up
There could be minor dirt build up or sugary drink residue within your controller. You're going to want to see our Buttons Replacement Guide so you can get to get to your buttons to clean them, or replace the covers or gasket.
Replacing the switches themselves requires replacing the main board.
I cannot properly navigate my Xbox One.
Residue Build Up
Your thumbstick may be sticking or not rotating properly. Check out the Thumbstick Replacement Guide so you can get to your thumbsticks and clean them or replace the thumb stick covers.
Part: Thumbstick cover
If this does not fix the problem, the thumbstick mechanism may be faulty meaning you should replace the secondary board. However, if you are comfortable soldering the Analog sticks can be replaced without a new midframe.
It is possible that you have have been gaming a little too hard and one or both of your thumbsticks are bent or broken. Look at our Thumbstick Replacement Guide to see how you can get back to your hardcore gaming habits in no time.
Part: Thumbstick cover
If cleaning or replacing the thumbstick covers does not fix the problem, the thumbstick mechanism may be faulty meaning you should replace the main board. However, if you are comfortable soldering you can replace the Analog sticks without a new main board.
Controller Won't Vibrate
When I am playing games, my controller refuses to vibrate.
Vibration Setting Not Enabled
Make sure your vibrations setting is enabled. This can be done in the settings of the game you are playing.
If your batteries are low, the controller may not vibrate in an effort to save battery life. Replace the batteries or charge your controller.
Tools required: None
Vibration May Not Be Supported By The Game
Try using another controller on the game that you are playing. If the controller is still not vibrating, the game most likely does not support this option.
Vibration Motor is Defective
If you have tried everything above and your controller still refuses to vibrate, there may be something wrong with the vibration motor. Get ready to grab a screw driver, you're going to need it for the Trigger Rumble Motor Replacement Guide. This guide requires soldering.