How to Connect Xbox One Controller to Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user who also loves gaming on your Xbox One? Well, you’re in luck!

Connecting your Xbox One controller to your Mac is easier than you might think. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of how to connect your Xbox One controller to your Mac.

Step 1: Check Compatibility

Before we begin, it’s important to check if your Mac is compatible with Xbox One controllers. To do this, make sure your Mac has Bluetooth capabilities. Most newer models should have this feature, but it’s always a good idea to double-check.

Step 2: Enable Bluetooth on Your Mac

The next step is to enable Bluetooth on your Mac. Here’s how:

  • Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of the screen.
  • Select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.
  • Click on “Bluetooth.”
  • Ensure that the Bluetooth option is turned on.

Step 3: Put Your Xbox One Controller in Pairing Mode

To connect your Xbox One controller to your Mac, you need to put it in pairing mode. Here’s how:

  • Press and hold the Xbox button on the front of your controller.
  • The light on the controller will start flashing rapidly, indicating that it’s in pairing mode.

Step 4: Connect Xbox One Controller to Your Mac

Now that both your Mac and controller are ready, let’s connect them:

  • On your Mac, click on the Bluetooth menu icon in the top-right corner of the screen.
  • Select “Open Bluetooth Preferences” from the drop-down menu.
  • Your Mac will start scanning for available devices.
  • In the list of devices, you should see your Xbox One controller listed as “Xbox Wireless Controller.”
  • Click on the “Connect” button next to your controller’s name.

Step 5: Test Your Connection

To ensure that your controller is properly connected, it’s a good idea to test it out:

  • Open a game or app that supports game controllers on your Mac.
  • Your Xbox One controller should now be recognized and ready to use!


If you’re experiencing any issues with connecting or using your Xbox One controller with your Mac, try restarting both devices and repeating the steps above. Additionally, make sure that your controller is fully charged to avoid any connectivity problems.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully connected your Xbox One controller to your Mac.

Now you can enjoy gaming on your favorite platform without any hassle. Happy gaming!

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