Update an Xbox Wireless Controller with a PC

It’s easy to update the Microsoft Wireless Controller (for Xbox Series X|S) using a Windows 10 PC. All you need to do is download a Microsoft app, plug in your controller and follow the on-screen instructions. Here’s how to do it.

Why do I need to update my Xbox controller?

The Xbox Wireless Controller is the controller that comes with Xbox Series X and Series S consoles, but it also works with Windows PCs, Apple devices, and more. Microsoft regularly releases firmware updates that improve controller performance or resolve compatibility issues with Steam, Android phones, Apple TV, and iPhones. So if you’re having a problem with your Xbox controller, a software update can fix it.

Updating an Xbox Wireless Controller from a PC

Since you can purchase the Xbox Wireless Controller separately and use it with your smartphone or PC, you can also use your Windows 10 PC to update it.

To do this, boot up your Windows machine and download the Xbox Accessories app from the Microsoft Store.

Once that’s downloaded, launch the app and connect the Xbox Wireless Controller to your computer via the USB port between the LB and RB buttons. You will need a USB Type-C cable for this.

After you plug it in, the Xbox Accessories app will detect the controller. If the firmware in the controller is not the latest version, you will see an ‘Update Required’ button below the controller image on your screen. Click on that.

You will then see a warning prompting you to make sure the controller is properly connected and to warn you not to move the device during the update. Once you’ve read it and followed the instructions, click ‘Continue’.

The Xbox Accessories app will now begin downloading and installing the update.

When it’s done, you’ll see a green check mark above the controller picture. Click next.”

That is it! Your controller is now up to date.

Now that you’ve seen how to update an Xbox Wireless Controller using a PC, you might enjoy reading how to connect it to multiple devices at once. Having fun!

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