How to Connect Xbox One Controller to Android


With the quality of mobile games steadily improving, more and more games are supporting connected third-party controllers. And if you’re interested in using a third-party controller with your Android device, you may already have one, as Android supports pairing with newer Xbox One controllers with built-in Bluetooth technology. The only caveat is that your connected Xbox One controller won’t work with every Android mobile game, and it will only work with games that offer controller support. At the time of this video that includes titles like Call of Duty, Fortnite, GTA, Doom, Portal Knights, Grid and more. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in the YouTube video below. Check out this article if you want to learn how to connect your Xbox One controller to an iPhone, or this article if you want to connect your Xbox One controller to Steam.

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Steps to Connect Xbox One Controller to Android

  1. Turn on your Xbox One controller, and then press the “Pairing” button to put the controller in pairing mode. The device will be in pairing mode when the Xbox button starts blinking. Additionally, make sure you’re using an Xbox controller with built-in Bluetooth functionality. This includes all Xbox controller models released for the Xbox One S or later.
  2. Swipe up on your Android device’s home screen to display the Apps screen, and then tap “Settings.” The Settings screen is displayed.
  3. Tap “Connections.” The Connections screen is shown.
  4. Tap “Bluetooth.” The Bluetooth screen opens.
  5. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on. The list of Bluetooth devices discovered near your Android device are displayed. You should see Xbox Wireless Controller eventually populate in this list. If you don’t see it after a few minutes, move your Xbox One controller closer to your Android device and try again.
  6. Tap “Xbox Wireless Controller.” A pairing message will briefly be displayed before a Bluetooth Pairing Request dialog box appears on the screen, asking if you want to pair with an Xbox Wireless Controller. Tap “OK.” You’ll now see Xbox Wireless Controller in the list of devices paired with your Android device. You can now use your Xbox One wireless controller to play Android apps that offer controller support, such as Fortnite, Call of Duty, GTA, Doom and more.

Reasons to Connect Your Xbox One Controller to Your Android Device

1. Better Gaming Experience

Using an Xbox One controller with an Android device can greatly enhance the gaming experience. With more and more games on the Google Play store supporting gamepads, playing with an Xbox One controller can provide a more comfortable and familiar experience compared to using touch controls. Instead of tapping or swiping on the screen, you can use buttons, triggers, and joysticks to navigate through the game. The controller’s ergonomic design also makes it more comfortable to hold for long periods of time. Moreover, some games like racing and action games require more precision and control than touch controls can provide, and using an Xbox One controller can give you a significant advantage.

2. Increased Precision and Control

Using an Xbox One controller with your Android device can provide more precise control over game actions and movements compared to touch controls. This can be especially beneficial for games that require quick reflexes or precise movements. With the controller’s buttons and joysticks, you can make subtle movements and precise actions that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with touch controls. In games where every movement counts, like first-person shooters or sports games, having an Xbox One controller can give you the edge you need to win.

3. Multiplayer Games

Connecting multiple Xbox One controllers to your Android device can be useful for playing multiplayer games with friends and family. Some games on the Google Play store support local multiplayer, where multiple players can play on the same device. By connecting additional controllers, each player can have their own dedicated controller, making gameplay smoother and more enjoyable. Multiplayer games are more fun when you can play with others, and using an Xbox One controller can make the experience even better.

4. Streaming Games

By connecting an Xbox One controller to your Android device, you can enjoy a more console-like experience while streaming games from popular gaming services like Xbox Game Pass and Google Stadia. These services allow users to stream high-quality games to their mobile devices, and using an Xbox One controller can provide a more immersive experience. With the controller’s responsive buttons and triggers, you can navigate through the game with ease, making the experience more enjoyable and comfortable.

5. Accessibility

For some people, using touch controls on their mobile device can be challenging due to physical disabilities. By using an Xbox One controller, mobile gaming can become more accessible and enjoyable. The controller’s ergonomic design and large buttons can make it easier to use for people with limited mobility or dexterity. This can allow more people to enjoy mobile gaming and provide a more inclusive experience for everyone.

6. Battery Life

Gaming on a mobile device can quickly drain its battery, which can be frustrating, especially when you’re in the middle of an exciting game. By using an Xbox One controller, you can extend your gaming time without worrying about your phone’s battery life. The controller can last for many hours on a single charge, which means you can play for longer without having to worry about your device running out of power. This can be especially useful when you’re on a long trip or don’t have access to a power source. With an Xbox One controller, you can enjoy mobile gaming without any interruptions.

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