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How to Update Xbox One Controller? Best 3 Ways

Do you know Xbox allows users to update Xbox One Controllers? Well, Microsoft releases the latest version firmware for Xbox One Controllers. So how to update Xbox One controller?

The newest firmware makes controllers better and improves the efficiency of the controllers. You can also get full accuracy on the Xbox One Stereo headset adapter features. Update Xbox One controller using three methods which I’m going to instruct you.

Microsoft has provided three ways to update the Xbox One controller which owners can perform on their own. I updated my controller. After that, all the glitches and errors were fixed by the newest firmware. You should update your controller in order to fix the controller drift issue on your Xbox One console.

Update Xbox One Controller [Step by Step Guide]

If you heard about the Xbox preview program, you might have a little known about the firmware of Xbox. The latest version of firmware for the controller’s key feature and bug fix details are headset stereo improvement. Most of the time if using outdated controller firmware then you feel a lack of accuracy on the controller.

As mentioned earlier that there are three different methods of updating the Xbox One controller. You have to make sure your controller meets the requirements for the update methods. Before going on that point, have a look at the main features of the firmware.

  • Fast connection: Previous firmware took too long to connect wireless with the console. It might take 4-5 seconds to connect with the console but in the new firmware, it takes less than 2 seconds to connect with the console.
  • Bug Fixed / Improvement: Most of the Xbox users were having several issues either on playing games or navigating. By considering the errors new firmware has been implemented to fix the problem with the controller.

The most important part is to keep your controller away from dust and dirt. The update can fix the malfunctioning controller but can’t fix the physical damage that is caused by carelessness.

There three different ways to update Xbox One controller . Each of the methods is very easy and you have to follow the instructions to update the controller. You can choose any of the methods according to your controller requirement for the medium of update.

  • Update Wirelessly
  • Update via USB
  • Update on PC

If you want to make sure that the headset stereo is updated. Connect your headset stereo adapter with Xbox One controller while doing an update Xbox One controller.

How to Update Xbox One Controller Wirelessly?

To update wirelessly you should have a wireless controller purchased in or after June 2015. Before June 2015, the Xbox controllers were not compatible with wireless updates. If you forgot when you bought the controller, don’t worry. The controller which has a 3.5 mm jack on the bottom of the controllers can update wirelessly. If your controller has no port then you can update via USB.

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If you want the before – after result for headset stereo. You can plug in the jack on the controller to notice the stereo updates.

  1. Turn on the controller by pressing the power button.
  2. Press the Xbox button to open the guide.
  3. Select Profile & system and go to settings
  4. Select Devices & streaming and then Accessories
  5. After that choose the controller for the update.
  6. The Xbox Wireless Controller screen will appear.
  7. Select “” to check the latest firmware version.
  8. If there is an “Update” option then select the Firmware version.
  9. Now your Xbox One controller is updating.

You can’t get auto-detected features if you are not using headset stereo while update. But you can fix this issue by plug in the stereo adapter downloading firmware or after the console is turned off. Go to the Home screen and unplug the adapter then plug it on the console.

How to Update Xbox One Controller Using a USB?

You can use Xbox One controller whenever you purchased it. To update the controller via USB you need a USB cable and working port. The process is almost the same as the wireless update. Here is the instruction you should follow to update the controller via USB:

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If you have a stereo adapter port then you can connect it with the controller so that the headset stereo can get an update at the same time.

  1. Plug the USB on the left side of the controller.
  2. Connect the USB port on the Console.

The installation instructions can display automatically. Follow instructions step by step and it may take 3 minutes to update. If the instruction won’t appear on the screen, you can follow these instructions to update the controller manually.

  1. Turn on the controller by pressing the power button.
  2. Press the Xbox button to open the guide.
  3. Select Profile & system and go to settings
  4. Select Devices & streaming and then Accessories
  5. After that choose the controller for the update.
  6. The Xbox Wireless Controller screen will appear.
  7. Select “” to check the latest firmware version.
  8. If there is an “Update” option then select the Firmware version.
  9. Now your Xbox One controller is updating.

If your controller has not stereo adapter port then you can connect the stereo adapter on Xbox One console and the update begin. To update the headset stereo, go to the home screen and unplug the adapter. Again plug the adapter on the console. Now the stereo also gets an update.

How to Update Xbox One Controller on Pc?

To update the Xbox One controller on Pc. You need a computer running on Windows 10 or you cannot perform the controller update. Xbox One controller can only update by using the Xbox Accessories app.

  1. Plug both controller and Pc using a USB cable to connect with each other.
  2. Open the Xbox Accessories app on Pc.
  3. A pop up will appear “Update Require” and click on it. If the pop-up won’t appear then you have already updated the controller or the update has not released yet.
  4. Once the update finishes, Click on Close.
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Conclusion: Congratulations! You have updated your Xbox controller. Hope you like the way I share instructions for any sort of Xbox problem. If you face any problem while doing update Xbox One controller, leave a comment.

QNA on Update Xbox One Controller

1. How do I update my XBOX one wireless controller?

Ans: Make sure your Xbox One console and controller both are connected on same WIFI.

2. Can you reset Xbox One controller?

Ans: You can reset Xbox One controller by pressing and holding the Xbox button for few seconds. If that fails, restart the console.

3. How to update Xbox One controller via Bluetooth?

Ans: Yes you can update your controller using Bluetooth but Windows 10 must be the latest version.

4. Why I cannot use macOS or other windows except windows 10 to update Xbox One controller on PC?

Ans: Well, the Xbox Accessories app is only available for windows 10. So you can’t install the Xbox Accessories app on other platforms. You need Windows 10 to update the Xbox controller.

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