How to Pair Xbox Controller to Android

Charlotte Daniels

Android, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will learn how to pair an Xbox controller with an Android device. Whether you want to use your Xbox controller for gaming or as a remote control for media playback, the pairing process is quick and easy.

Step 1: Check Compatibility

Before you begin, make sure that your Android device supports Bluetooth connectivity and that you have a compatible Xbox controller. Most modern Android devices and Xbox controllers are Bluetooth-enabled, but it’s always a good idea to double-check.

Step 2: Enable Bluetooth

To pair your Xbox controller with your Android device, you need to enable Bluetooth on both devices. On your Android device, go to the Settings menu and look for the Bluetooth option. Tap on it to turn it on.

Step 3: Put Your Controller in Pairing Mode

To put your Xbox controller in pairing mode, press and hold the Xbox button on the center of the controller until the light starts flashing rapidly. This indicates that the controller is now discoverable by other devices.

Step 4: Pairing with Android Device

On your Android device, go back to the Bluetooth settings menu and tap on “Pair new device” or a similar option depending on your Android version. Your device will start scanning for nearby Bluetooth devices.

When you see your Xbox controller listed in the available devices section, tap on it to initiate pairing.


If prompted, enter a PIN or confirm a passkey displayed on both your Android device and Xbox controller to complete the pairing process.

Step 5: Test Your Connection

Once paired successfully, you can test the connection by opening a game or app that supports gamepad input. Your Xbox controller should now be recognized by your Android device and ready to use.


If your Xbox controller doesn’t work as expected or isn’t recognized, try unpairing and repeating the pairing process from Step 3 onwards.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you encounter any issues during the pairing process, here are a few troubleshooting tips:

  • Make sure your devices are close together: Keep your Xbox controller and Android device within a reasonable distance for better connectivity.
  • Restart both devices: Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve connectivity issues.
  • Update firmware: Check for any available firmware updates for your Xbox controller as well as your Android device and install them if necessary.

By following these steps, you can easily pair your Xbox controller with an Android device and enjoy gaming or media playback with enhanced control. Have fun!

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