Learning how to reset your Xbox One controller will help you fix it when it collapses. Xbox One wireless controller is one of the best controllers today. It is simple in look, sturdy inbuilt, and also comfortable to use. What makes it more user-friendly is its compatibility with PC, Android Phones, and iPhones. Though the Xbox One controller is good at performance, it can collapse at times. This can be a disadvantage, especially when you are in the middle of a game. Let us check the common reasons behind the breakdown of the Xbox One controller and solutions to reset it.

How to reset Xbox One controller

Common errors on Xbox One wireless controller

Some of the common problems that users encounter while using the Xbox One controller include,

[1] The Xbox One controller is not turning on.

[2] The controller keeps blinking.

[3] Getting disconnected.

[4] Not connecting to your console or PC.

[5] Unable to perform an update on the controller or its firmware.

How to reset Xbox One controller

As mentioned in the common reasons for the breakdown of the Xbox One controller, connectivity is a major problem in Xbox One wireless controller. Let us troubleshoot the connectivity issue to begin with. A hard reset of the Xbox One controller is one of the solutions to fix the connectivity problems. However, the first solution to attempt is a firmware update of your controller.

How to Perform Firmware Update

There are three ways to update the Xbox One Controller. You can update the controller wirelessly, using the USB cable, and updating on a PC.

Wireless Update:

Quick Guide: System > Settings > Devices & Streaming > Accessories > Device Info > Firmware version > Update now

[1] Turn on your Xbox One controller and then press the Xbox button.

[2] Select System and then click on Settings.

Go to System and choose Settings

[3] Choose Devices & Streaming option and then select Accessories.

[4] Select the controller that you wish to update. 

[5] Click on Device info.

[6] Select the Firmware version option.

Click update now to start firmware update

[7] Finally, select Update Now, and your Xbox One controller will start updating. 

Note: Make sure you have enough charge on your Xbox One controller before you attempt an update or reset.

Using a USB Cable:

This method is also similar to the wireless update but with slight variations.

[1] Initially, connect your controller to the Xbox One console using a USB cable.

[2] If an update is required, the instructions will automatically appear on the screen. Otherwise, it suggests no update is required.

[3] When you cannot get any automatic suggestions after connecting the controller to Xbox One, then press the Xbox button on your controller.

[4] Then follow the same steps as mentioned in the wireless update: System > Settings > Devices & Streaming > Accessories > Device Info > Firmware version > Continue.

[5] As a result, the update will begin.

Using a Windows 10 Computer:

[1] Turn on your Windows 10 PC and then open the Xbox Accessories app. If you do not have the app on your PC, then download it from the Microsoft Store

[2] Next, connect your Xbox One controller to your PC, either using a USB cable or Xbox wireless adapter.

[3] On connecting, you will get an automatic notification saying Update Required if it is needed.

[4] Close the app after the update.

How to Hard Reset Xbox One Controller

One can perform a hard reset on Xbox One controller either using a console or PC.

How to Reset Xbox One Controller From Console

[1] Turn on your Xbox One controller and Xbox One console.

[2] Connect your controller to the console using a USB cable. You must leave them connected until the complete reset is done.

Press and hold the power button to reset Xbox One controller

[3] Press and hold down the Power button on your console for 8 seconds until it turns off.

[4] Next, you have to wait for 10 seconds.

[5] After 10 seconds, remove the power cord from your console.

[6] Wait for a minute and then connect the power cable back to your console.

[7] Now turn on your console and it will be working perfectly. Turn on your console using the controller and start using it.

How to Reset Xbox One Controller on PC

You can connect the Xbox One Controller to the PC to play the games. By the way, you can also reset the Controller on the Windows PC itself. You can able to reset the Xbox One Controller without the console.

[1] Start your PC and navigate to Settings on your computer.

[2] Select Devices.

remove the Xbox One controller from PC's Bluetooth to reset

[3] Choose your Xbox Controller from the list of devices and then click Remove Device. 

[4] As a result, it will remove your controller from the list of Bluetooth Devices.

[5] Now you need to remove the batteries from your controller.

[6] After removing the batteries, connect your controller to the computer using a USB cable.

[7] Finally, you can connect your controller to your computer again but using the Bluetooth option. As a result, your controller should be working perfectly.

A firmware update or a hard reset should be able to help you fix the common problems on your Xbox One controller. If this problem still prevails, then it may be a battery issue. Check the charge on your battery or replace the battery. You can seek Xbox Customer support for enquiring about the issues with hardware.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to fix the Xbox One controller not working?

There may be several reasons for this. It can be due to battery issues or connectivity errors and even due to firmware-related problems. After checking the battery of your controller, you can try two other fixes. To fix the Xbox One wireless controller, initially attempt a firmware update. If this is not the issue, then try a reset.

How to reset Xbox One wireless controller?

To reset the Xbox One controller from the console, follow the steps after connecting the controller to the console using a USB cable. On you console, go to System > Settings > Devices & Streaming > Accessories > Choose the controller > Device Info > Firmware version > Update now.

Can I reset Xbox One controller from a Windows PC?

Yes. To do so, initially disconnect the wireless controller from the PC’s Bluetooth. This is done from the Devices option under the Settings menu. Then remove the battery of your controller and connect it to your PC using a USB cable. As a result, your controller is connected to the PC, even after removing the USB cable now.