How to connect and sync the Xbox 360 controller

Even years after its release, the Xbox 360 still offers players countless hours of fun. However, if it’s been a while, you may need some help syncing your Xbox 360 controller with your console.

You can choose to sync or set up your Xbox 360 controller wired or wirelessly, with each option having a separate way to sync your controller to your Xbox.

Wirelessly sync your Xbox 360 controller to your console

Using your Xbox 360 controller wirelessly, without the need for cables, is the most convenient way to set up your controller on your Xbox 360 console.

To set up your Xbox 360 controller wirelessly, simply:

1.  Press the Power button on your Xbox 360 Console to turn it on.

2.  Press the Guide button at the center of your Xbox 360 controller, or the button resembling the Xbox logo, and a green light around the button’s edges should start to flash.

3.  Now press and release the Connect button on your Xbox 360 console, and the lights around the Power button will start to flash.

For the original Xbox 360, the Connect button is to the right of the Memory Card Slots.

On the Xbox 360 E and Xbox 360 S, the Connect button is located next to the Controller Ports.

4.  While the Power button’s lights are flashing, press the Sync button on the back of your Xbox 360 Controller. The Guide button should flash until it fully syncs with your console and displays a single solid light.

For the original Xbox 360 and Xbox 360 S, a single solid light will appear in one of the four sections of the ring around the console’s power button.

For Xbox 360 E consoles, a solid green light on the front of the console designates a synced controller.

Once your Xbox 360 controller and console are both synced, and both show solid green lights, you are ready to start using your wireless Xbox 360 controller.

Connect Your Xbox 360 Controller to Your Console With a Cable

Aside from a wireless connection, using a wired connection to sync your Xbox 360 controller to your console is also relatively straightforward.


To connect your Xbox 360 controller using a cable, simply plug your Xbox 360 wire into the controller’s top port.

Then plug the wire itself into a USB port on the front of the console.

As soon as you press the controller’s guide button, the controller and console will automatically sync and you’re ready to use your controller. You can also connect the Xbox controller to your PC with a cable.

Still can’t sync your Xbox 360 controller?

If you still can’t connect your Xbox 360 controller to the console wirelessly or over a wired connection, your controller or console may have a physical failure.

As described on the Xbox support page, there are three main ways to troubleshoot the Xbox 360 controller:

1.  Replacing the batteries you’re using in your controller.

2.  Replacing the battery pack for your controller.

3.  Trying a rechargeable battery pack.

Also, trying a wired connection at a different USB port, or changing the cable itself may also help correct the problem with your controller sync.

Similarly, trying to sync your Xbox 360 controller to a different console, or trying a different controller in the same console, may help determine if it’s the console or the Xbox 360 controller itself.

If none of these methods can help you sync your Xbox 360 controller, it might be worth trying to reset your Xbox 360.

Use your newly synced Xbox 360 controller

Now you know everything you need to know about syncing your Xbox 360 controller to your console!

With the added benefit of eliminating the most common issues, you should be able to play well on your Xbox 360.