Xbox controllers are quite reliable and built to last. However, sometimes they don’t mix well with other devices. You may have noticed blinking or unblinking lights on your controller at various points during gameplay. Xbox controllers mostly blink only in two cases – when their battery is low or when they are trying to connect to a console or PC. Sometimes it may be due to faulty firmware updates.
Nevertheless, don’t panic and run to give the controller to repair or buy a new one, because you can fix the problem yourself. You can try several ways to fix it. Let’s take a closer look at them.
How to check the batteries in Xbox controller
If your Xbox controller is blinking slowly and won’t turn on, you should check the batteries first. If they are dead, it means that the controller’s signal will be weak. You can either replace the batteries or connect the controller and wait until it is fully charged.
When replacing the batteries, only AA alkaline batteries marked LR6 should be used. The fact is that these types of batteries can be recharged. However, they’re not charged while they are in the controller. You will need to charge them following the manufacturer’s recommendations.
If you want to install new batteries in your Xbox controller – follow these instructions:
- Hold the controller upside down in one hand.
- Press the battery cover with the thumb of the opposite hand in the direction of the arrow.
- After removing the cover, install the batteries, paying attention to the “-” and “+” symbols to make sure they are installed correctly.
- Replace the battery cover by sliding it back into place.
It is also best to make sure that the batteries are installed correctly and that the battery contacts are not bent, misshapen, or corroded. You can check the battery charge of the controller by pressing the Xbox button and looking in the upper right corner of the screen. There you will see a battery icon indicating the current charge level.
If the batteries don’t recharge, try using a cotton swab or dry cloth to clean the battery contacts on the battery pack. If it still doesn’t work, it should be replaced. Avoid water or chemicals that can damage the contacts.
How to re-sync the Xbox controller
You can only use your Xbox wireless controllers with one device at a time. If you’ve already paired it with your phone or PC, you’ll have to do it again with your console. It may take a little time to re-sync your controller if the device is busy. So wait before trying again if your device is having trouble identifying and/or pairing the controller.
Controllers sometimes become out of sync when they are not properly connected. To resolve wireless controller pairing issues, try re-syncing your Xbox controller to the console. Just do the following:
- First of all, press the Xbox button on the front panel to turn on your Xbox game console.
- Turn on the controller you want to sync by pressing and holding the Xbox button, which will light up if the controller is connected.
- Then push and release the Pair button on the Xbox which is located on the front right side, just below the power button.
- Finally, quickly press and hold the Pair button on the controller until the Xbox button starts blinking, indicating that the console is searching.
If the Xbox button has stopped blinking and remains lit, it means that the controller has successfully synced with your console. You can also try to solve the problem by simply disconnecting the controller from other Bluetooth devices, such as your PC.
How to update Xbox controller firmware
Xbox controllers automatically receive updates every six months or so. However, if your controller is blinking and you’ve tried all the other suggested ways to fix it, perhaps the solution is to update the firmware. To do so, you can follow these steps:
- Press and hold the Guide button on your Xbox controller.
- When prompted on the monitor, press the “A” button.
- Then select “Update Controller”.
- Finally, just click “Next”.
If nothing helps, you can try rebooting your Xbox. Turn off the console and unplug the power cord. Wait a few minutes before reconnecting the console power cord and turning it back on. Turn the controller back on. Sometimes a simple hard reset helps.
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How to power cycle the Xbox and controller
Restarting your Xbox or console controller or performing a full power cycle will correct many common problems and get it back in working order. Follow these steps to restart your controller:
- Press and hold the Xbox button for 5-10 seconds.
- After a short delay, press and hold the Xbox button again to turn the controller back on.
If your controller is having trouble updating the firmware, the problem is likely related to your console. You can also try putting your Xbox console into power mode by holding the Xbox button in front of it for 10 seconds until the console turns off, then turning it back on.